India cyber agency issues high severity security warning for WhatsApp users

The agency has stated that vulnerability has been discovered in software that has WhatsApp Or WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.21.4.18 & WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32.

India’s cybersecurity agency have warned WhatsApp users in the country about certain vulnerabilities detected in the messaging Application. Thus vulnerabilities could lead to a breach of sensitive information of WhatsApp users.

The CERT-In or the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued a “high” severity rating advisory. The agency has stated that vulnerability have been discovered in a software that have “WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.21.4.18 & WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32.”

The CERT-In is the national technology arm thay tackles cyber attacks & guards Indian cyberspace.

The advisory reads, “Multiple vulnerabilities has been reported in the WhatsApp applications which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on the targeted system”.

Explaining the details of these vulnerabilities, a advisory notes that these “exist in WhatsApp applications due to the cache configuration issue & missing bounds check within the audio decoding pipeline.”

“Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow the attacker to a execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on the targeted system,” it added.

CERT-In’s advisory have stated that WhatsApp users should update to the latest version of the application from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store in order to counter this vulnerability threat.

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