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CERT-In Issues “High” Severity Rating Advisory for WhatsApp Threats

A group of Indian cybersecurity experts advised WhatsApp clients in India to take precautions since various vulnerabilities they identified in the instant messaging platform.

This could lead to a breach of client information and sensitive personal information.

It was decided by CERT-In in a “high” severity rating advisory that the vulnerabilities existed in a specific version of WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for both Android and iOS. 

There are various departments of the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MIIT) that work as the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

It is the nodal agency to deal with cybersecurity threats like hacking and phishing.

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An MoU between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the Ministry of Cabinet Office, UK was endorsed in May 2016 strengthening the security-related defense of the Indian Internet domain. 

A number of vulnerabilities have been discovered in WhatsApp applications, which may let a remote attacker compromise sensitive information or execute arbitrary code on protected systems.

A detailed discussion was made of the risk, stating that “the vulnerability exists in the WhatsApp applications due to a cache configuration issue and an audio decoding pipeline that is not bounds-checked.”

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