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Whatsapp Security Bug Allows iPhone Users Bypass Security Controls

Apple did not immediately respond to questions on whether a similar fix would be required for the WhatsApp glitch.

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The feature will let the user know how many times a message has been forwarded. Pixabay

A security bug is allowing users to bypass new privacy controls introduced by Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp on iPhones this month, the service said Wednesday after users posted about the problem on social
media.

The disclosure came as messaging and other applications race to improve security and privacy and as Facebook Inc. is addressing criticism for not safeguarding privacy.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature allows iPhone users to require Touch ID or Face ID — fingerprint or facial recognition — to open the app, but users were able to bypass those log-in methods by using the iPhone’s “share” function to send files over WhatsApp.

Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in, meaning they would need to supply Touch ID or Face ID each time they open WhatsApp, or at intervals of up to an hour, allowing them to toggle between apps on the iPhone for that time period.

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Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in. Pixabay

The security system fails when users select any interval option other than “immediately.”

A user named “u/de_X_ter” wrote a Reddit post detailing the problem Tuesday. Reuters verified the bug.

“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately,’ ” a WhatsApp spokesperson said by email.

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Last month, a user discovered a privacy flaw with Apple’s FaceTime group video chat software, which allowed iPhone users to see and hear others before they accept a video call. Apple rolled out an iOS update to fix the issue.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions on whether a similar fix would be required for the WhatsApp glitch.

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Twitterati Report Server, Media Transfer Issues on WhatsApp

Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted "Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?"

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Looks like Facebook’s popularly owned online messaging app WhatsApp is currently experiencing issues in some regions around the world.

#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a Alarge number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working.

Many WhatsApp users taking to Twitter complained about facing an issue with sending & receiving messages.

Taking to the social networking app, Twitter a user posted “Facing issues while sending media files, from Andhra Pradesh.”

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Another user, asking people about the WhatsApp being down said “Is it just me or WhatsApp is Temporarily down, cause my photos, GIFs, and voice note fail to deliver. Any other person with this issue? #whatsappdown”

“RIP WhatsApp. Impossible mandate file multimedia #whatsappdown,” wrote a user.

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Sharing the photo of Whatsapp logo, a user said “I am facing difficulty for WhatsApp media sharing, I can’t send even a voice message media sharing WhatsApp is down now are you facing this problem #whatsappdown.”

Posting a torn photo of WhatsApp logo, a person tweeted “Whatsapp Media Sharing is down from past 45 minutes Oh my god! Unable to send any photos or videos. Are you facing it too? If yes which country are you from?” (IANS)