Researcher Tavis Ormandy said that the body-trap video call bug big deal, who is part of that found it. This bug found on the apple Smartphones and Android messaging services’ apps.
The application software loophole was discovered in late August 2018 and fixed in early October 2018, said WhatsApp’s owner Facebook.
Natalie Silvanovich, a member of a Google team set up to hunt for vulnerabilities in widely-used software, discovered the WhatsApp ’s weakness.
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The problem exposed by Ms. Silvanovich resides in the way the phone applications transport video. By changing packets of data used to do this, it was possible to make the apps shut down, she discovered.
The app version of WhatsApp uses a different method for moving video, so is not vulnerable to this bug.
Facebook said it reacted “promptly” to fix the issue once it was identified.
“We routinely engage with apps security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable,” it said.
It added that there was no evidence that the bug was widely known in the hacker’s world or was exploited to attack WhatsApp users.
The messaging app is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world.