NEW DELHI: Instant messaging app WhatsApp said on Monday it had fixed two bugs that existed in its outdated software and it had no reason to believe “these vulnerabilities have ever been abused”.

The official statement follows a recent advisory issued by CERT-In which warned WhatsApp users about certain vulnerabilities in the app (app) that could lead to a breach of sensitive information.

“We regularly work with security researchers to improve the many ways WhatsApp protects people’s messages.”

“As is usually the case with software products, we’ve fixed two bugs that existed in outdated software, and we have no reason to believe they were ever abused,” a spokesperson said. WhatsApp to PTI in a statement.

The spokesperson added that WhatsApp “remains safe and secure, and end-to-end encryption continues to work as intended to protect people’s messages.”

A “high” severity rating issued Saturday by CERT-In, or India’s Computer Emergency Response Team, said the vulnerability was detected in software that has “WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for Android before v2.21.4.18 and WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for iOS before v2.21.32.”

“Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in WhatsApp applications that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or gain access to sensitive information on a targeted system,” the advisory said.

CERT-In is the federal technology branch responsible for combating cyberattacks and protecting India’s cyberspace.

The advisory recommended users to update their devices to the latest version of WhatsApp from Google Play Store or iOS App Store to counter the vulnerability threat.


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