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A while ago, someone discovered that you could crash someone else’s example of WhatsApp by sending a message over 7 MB in size. After getting the message, WhatsApp will crash every time the user tries to open the thread, and the only path to restore control of the app is to delete the thread.
It was recently discovered that a similar thing could be achieved by sending a much smaller message – only 2 KB in size – that contains a set of special characters. Even if a message is supported, restoring the conversation doesn’t solve the problem; it’ll still crash the app. This exploit works not merely with messages to individuals, but to groups also, in which case every member of the group will go through the crash and need to leave the group and delete the thread.
This may not sound like a large deal if you only use WhatsApp to arrange trips to the pub, but many people use the application for business as well, and this vulnerability could be a huge …Read More