O Whatsapp is one of the safest messengers on the market. But this does not mean that it is impenetrable: this Friday (23), the team behind the platform issued an alert about two vulnerabilities that affect some old messaging application. Critical flaws affect both Android and iPhone (iOS).
The alert appeared in the messenger’s security report. Starting with the “CVE-2022-36934” loophole, those responsible for the service reported that the flaw allows malicious code to be executed in a video call. The issue affects versions earlier than build 184.108.40.206 of applications, including the business.
The “CVE-2022-27492” incident was also reported by the app’s developers. This time, the flaw is taken advantage of by a video tampered with with elements to remotely attack the cell phone of victims who received the file. Check out the versions affected by the critical vulnerability:
- Android: versions older than 220.127.116.11;
- iPhone (iOS): versions earlier than 18.104.22.168.
WhatsApp: how to solve security holes?
First of all, let’s not panic. The WhatsApp report follows a practice of transparency to report issues with the potential to cause risk to users’ experience. This procedure is adopted by several companies in the industry, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, when a security flaw is found and corrected in their products.
But it’s also not to leave this warning aside. Now that you are aware of the problem, you need to make sure that your phone does not have any of these versions installed. To do this, perform the following steps:
- Open WhatsApp settings;
- Tap on “Help”;
- Click on “Application data”;
- Check the version just below “WhatsApp Messenger”.
If your cell phone has any of the versions mentioned above, just update the app on the App Store (iPhone) or the Play Store (Android). Then the security holes will be resolved by installing the latest version of the platform. The procedure also needs to be repeated frequently to prevent new vulnerabilities from putting you and your phone at risk.