WhatsApp’s Hackers Target Users Through MP4 File

Did someone send you an MP4 file on WhatsApp, guard against downloading it, then beware! WhatsApp’s Hackers may use a critical vulnerability in the Facebook-owned app planning a snooping attack on both Android and iOS devices.

The specially crafted MP4 file causes cyber-attack execution of remote code (RCE) and denial of service (DoS). Users need to update their WhatsApp app to prevent hacking.

“The vulnerability is classified as ‘Critical’ severity that affected an unknown code block of the component MP4 File Handler in WhatsApp,” reported on Saturday.

Facebook has issued an advisory, saying “A stack-based buffer overflow could be triggered in WhatsApp by sending a specially crafted MP4 file to a WhatsApp user.”

“The issue was present in parsing the elementary stream metadata of an MP4 file and could result in a DoS or RCE.”

The news comes on the heels of an Israeli Pegasus program by NSO Group, a cyber intelligence agency that used its video calling device to snoop on 1,400 selected users worldwide and in India, including human rights activists and journalists.

WhatsApp’s Hackers Plan to Deploy Malware

“We agree with the government of India’s strong statement about the need to safeguard the privacy of all Indian citizens. That is why we’ve taken this strong action to hold cyber attackers accountable and why WhatsApp is so committed to the protection of all user messages through the product we provide,” a WhatsApp spokesperson had said in a statement.

The new vulnerability is found in Android versions prior to 2.19.274; iOS versions prior to 2.19.100; Enterprise Client versions prior to 2.25.3; Business for Android versions prior to 2.19.104; Business for iOS versions prior to 2.19.100; and Windows Phone versions before and including 2.18.368.

Hackers can use the vulnerability of WhatsApp to deploy malware to the user’s device for the purpose of stealing sensitive files and monitoring purposes.

“The RCE vulnerability allows hackers to perform the attack remotely without any sort of authentication,” claimed the report.

It is possible to track the crucial vulnerability of WhatsApp as CVE-2019-11931.




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