WhatsApp says Android security flaw is "overstated"

WhatsApp says Android security flaw is
On Wednesday, we passed along a story about a security flaw on the Android version of WhatsApp, that could allow a hacker to read previous conversations stored on a microSD card. A spokesman for the messaging app, which is awaiting regulatory approval of its $19 billion purchase by Facebook, said that the stories "have not painted an accurate picture and are overstated." He added that contrary to earlier reports, the update to the app available in the Google Play Store did contain some enhanced security measures (although it did not beef up the security for stored conversations). The security expert who originally revealed the flaw, Bas Bosschert, says that the security hole still exists even after the update.

In a statement, WhatsApp's spokesman stated that anytime malware or a virus is installed on a phone unknowingly, all data stored on a microSD card is at risk, not just conversations stored there by WhatsApp. And while that might be true, unfortunately for WhatsApp, its pending acquisition by Facebook has thrust it into the spotlight where every thing about the app is magnified.


source: TechCrunch

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11 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's quick.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Of course they going to say that, they want to get paid. Is not everyday you find a dummy to pay you billions for a messenger.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol opened source...

4. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Lol no file.manager

6. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

open source.... in fact, the most closed OS like Windows for PC has more than 1 million viruses.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I hope so, when you revolutionized the world with computing had have been around since DOS as an OS, how may apps are considered virus trolls in the play store because of adds? Wasn't the count at like 300k? Been around since what, 04? used extensively since 07. To put it into perspective...open source, and google is doing everything it can to prevent open source from ruining it. Thank you google.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Dude, wtf are you talking about? Stupid whatsapp used the same stupid encryption key for ALL their installs. It isn't any big surprise why it was so easy to hack.

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The problem is that this is not a bug at all.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

As usual.. I always expect for these things to get blown out of proportion..... Grain of salt people..

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

you're sounding like a reasonable person for the past few days. keep that up lol

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Very true, once a malware is on your device, all your data is in danger. This security hole isn't exposed until you have a malware and if you have a malware or virus you got more trouble then just your whatsapp conversation being seen.

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