Billions of WhatsApp users are now at risk because of a new security flaw. Here’s what experts say about the latest Image Filter function flaw.
WhatsApp users are currently in trouble because of the latest Image Filter function vulnerability. According to several experts at Check Point Research, a cybersecurity firm, more than two billion consumers are not at risk of getting their data leaked online.
It is estimated more than 55 billion messages are being sent daily over WhatsApp, with 4.5 billion photos and one billion videos shared per day. operating systems updated. Check Point Research recommends for the giant messaging app’s users to always keep their apps and operating systems updated.
Involved security experts claimed that the new vulnerability was rooted in WhatsApp’s image filter function. Image filtering is a process through which pixels of the original image is modified to achieve some visual effects, such as blur or sharpen.
They added, during their study, that switching between various filters on crafted GIF files indeed caused WhatsApp to crash. CPR identified one of the crashes as memory corruption.
Check Point Research claimed that the problem to WhatsApp, who named for the vulnerability CVE-2020-1910, detailing it as an out-of-bounds read and write issue. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability would have required an attacker to apply specific image filters to a specially crafted image and send the resulting image.
New Image Filter Function Vulnerability’s Other Details
Check Point Research published its findings to WhatsApp on November 10, 2020. WhatsApp verified and acknowledged the security issue. WhatsApp deployed a fix in version 22.214.171.124, outlining CVE-2020-1910 in its February Security Advisory update.
WhatsApp researchers explained that “with over two billion active users, WhatsApp can be an attractive target for attackers.” They added that after they “discovered the security vulnerability, we quickly reported our findings to WhatsApp, who was cooperative and collaborative in issuing a fix.”
Because of this, the giant Facebook-owned messaging platform reassured its users that their employees are now working to fix the said vulnerability. They added that they are regularly working on the new flaws that various security firms are informing them about.
Other Issues of Facebook-Owned Messaging App
Aside from the new Image Filter function flaw, many users are currently disappointed with the giant messaging platform because the company announced that it would stop working on 42 smartphones. These include Apple, Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, and more.
However, there are various ways provided by different publishing companies that you can follow online. These include transferring your messages to your email. On the other hand, you can also try buying a newer model so that you can still use your favorite messaging platform.
The Facebook-owned messaging platform company said that their service would only stop working on smartphones running older versions of Android OS 4.1, Apple’s iOS 10, and KaiOS 2.5.1.