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missing a call on WhatsApp can install spyware on your phone

Started by Thorin, May 14, 2019, 12:24:04 PM

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Thorin

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/whatsapp-spyware-infect-call-1.5134939

That's a link nto an article talking about spyware that can be installed when you have WhatsApp installed, your WhatsApp number gets called, and you don't answer.  I haven't seen any technical discussion on how this is possible yet, but holy cripes, that is a wide-open security hole...
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Tom

I imagine it like sends some kind of graphic or script or /something/ that can be exploited when a call is missed. The phone displays it and wham.  Gifs and pngs have been exploited that way before, in fact i think older versions of android's image loading code is known to have code execution exploits.
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