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WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages by sending GIFs

WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages by sending GIFs

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You better update WhatsApp right now. A researcher has discovered a nasty vulnerability in the Facebook-owned privacy-oriented messenger that made it possible to for attackers to gain access to your files and messages ⁠— by sending you a malicious GIF. The danger stems from a double-free bug in WhatsApp, according to a researcher going by the nickname Awakened. For those unfamiliar with the term, a double-free vulnerability refers to a memory corruption anomaly that could crash an app, or worse ⁠— open up an exploit vector that attackers can abuse to obtain access to your device. All it takes to perform the…

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