Vulnerability affects memory, giving attackers the ability to replace various items.
The researcher who discovered the vulnerability in WhatsApp said that the exploitation of the vulnerability and the Remote Code Execution (RCE) attack was done via a malicious GIF.
According to the researcher, hackers can exploit the vulnerability with two ways. The first way is to install a malicious app on Android device of the victim. The application creates a malicious GIF that steals files from WhatsApp.
The second way is inserting malicious GIFs as attachments or otherwise. So hackers can perform an RCE attack.
The researcher noted that the Android versions 8.1 and 9.0 are vulnerable, but the older ones don't.
The investigator rushed to let Facebook know about the issue security. The platform confirmed the error and released it WhatsApp 2.19.244 update to address the issue.
A spokesperson for the messaging application said no vulnerabilities were reported and that the problem had now been addressed.
He also said that vulnerability could only be triggered if someone tried to send it malicious GIF. Therefore, only the sender's device would be affected.
On the other hand, the researcher who discovered the error claims that This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. error it is not only activated by the sender and that the WhatsApp spokesman has not understood it properly.
WhatsApp users must accept automatic software updates so that they are always protected from anyone threatening.