RIYAD– Users of the Android version of the WhatsApp application in Saudi Arabia are warned of threats that allow hackers to exploit the vulnerability by sending a malicious image that results in the program shutting down.
The National Cyber Security Guidance Center, an affiliate of the National Cybersecurity Authority, has issued a high security warning about updating WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Meta Platforms.
The center explained that WhatsApp has released an update to fix the vulnerability in the following versions of WhatsApp for Android 126.96.36.199 and WhatsApp Business for Android 188.8.131.52. The center revealed that hackers can exploit the vulnerability by uploading a malicious image that causes the program to quit suddenly and affects the device.
The breach of security involves unauthorized access to computer data, applications, networks or devices and results in access to the information without authorization. The center recommended updating the affected versions, as part of the preventive measures, while noting that WhatsApp had published an explanation of this update via the following link: https://www.whatsapp.com/security/ advisories / 2021 /. He also pointed out the need to update through the Playstore, with a search for WhatsApp, and then press the “update” icon.