The WhatsApp She posted on her official blog information about Two weaknesses main found in older versions of the app.
This means that the company responsible for Messaging service You were already aware of the issues and fixed them, but if the user is not using the latest version of the platform, you should update it as soon as possible.
What are the weaknesses of WhatsApp
The first vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-36934 with a severity rating of 9.8/10 (Critical), consists of integer overflow, A common error mainly consists of trying to add a value to an integer variable.
What does this mean? In his messaging app Goalthat there is an integer overflow means that The attacker will send a call, Which opens the door to remote attacks that may lead to the installation of Malware In the The operating system to the user.
notes, a Malware Able to perform many actions on an infected computer, such as:
– logging keystrokes or logging keys to search for credentials and other sensitive data;
– Intercept communications in any social media app
– Call Recording
– Take pictures
User credentials stolen.
The second vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-27492 and rated 7.8/10 (high), allows attackers to remotely execute code Send a malicious video file.
Unfortunately, media files have been one of the most used tools for spreading malware for years, and the truth is that unless employees are deceived, malicious actors will not succeed in many cases.
However, the great freedoms that was a system The Google It can make someone use a custom ROM and thus get the installer from APK manually. So in this case, WhatsApp also recommends uninstalling and reinstalling the app if the APK file is not working directly with the update.
What versions of WhatsApp are at risk and how to update them
Both vulnerabilities were patched recently, so Infobae recommends completing the update process as soon as possible.
In case of weakness for video call (CVE-2022-36934), the versions of WhatsApp at risk are:
– For iOS older than v18.104.22.168
– Business for iOS older than v22.214.171.124
– For Android older than v126.96.36.199
– Business for Android devices older than v188.8.131.52
In case of weakness before sending a file malicious video (CVE-2022-27492), the versions of WhatsApp at risk are:
– WhatsApp for Android is older than v184.108.40.206
– WhatsApp for iOS v220.127.116.11
the two in Android And the iOSfor to update The go-to messaging app in the App Store (Google Play Store s App Storerespectively) and continue with the current or last available update.
Keys to detect if a cell phone is infected with malware
– Abnormal phone performance: Menus and apps that close, apps that have been installed without permission, and settings that change themselves, among other things.
Excessive battery consumption: From Settings > Battery, you can see which process is consuming the most battery power. If the app in question is not used or it is a strange app, the phone may be infected.
Excessive spending on data: Viruses often send data from your phone to their servers, so you may notice an increase in data from day to day. It can also be checked in the settings.
Advertisement where it should not be: If the phone is showing more ads than usual, especially in browsers that weren’t there before, you may have a problem. “adware” (Malware but in ads).