WhatsApp security flaw allows people to snoop on your group chats

Researchers claim Whats App group chats vulnerable company denies

However, in a group conversation, the role of servers increases to merge the entire process and it is here where the vulnerability lies - trusting the company's servers to manage group members, who have full access to a group conversation, and their actions, The Hacker News reports.

This means they have access to all future messages, but can not view past ones.

The team of cryptographers at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, found a set of security weaknesses in the messaging app that together allow anyone controlling the WhatsApp server to insert other parties into a private group thread without getting permission from the administrator who controls the group. A group of researchers from Ruhr University probed multiple messaging apps for security flaws.

The problem sits in WhatsApp's authentication mechanism for adding people to group chats. While usually, the administrator of a group is the only one who can invite a new person to a private chat, there isn't a mechanism now in place to authenticate that invitation.

But this new flaw means it would now technically be possible to infiltrate group messages, bypassing encryption.

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Wired confirmed the researchers' findings with a WhatsApp spokesperson. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has repeatedly claimed to offer total security for its users through its end-to-end encryption. However, the researchers noted it would be possible for anyone with access to the server to cover their tracks in a number of ways.

WhatsApp is also testing a feature where it will likely give group administrators more powers where they will be able to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents or voice messages in case the admin thinks so.

So the server can simply add a new member to a group with no interaction on the part of the administrator.

"The privacy and security of our users are incredibly important to WhatsApp".

For additional security, users can easily verify the security code of other group members.

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"If I hear there's end-to-end encryption for both groups and two-party communications", researcher Paul Rösler told Wired, "that means adding of new members should be protected against". "An attacker who compromises the Telegram server can, undetected, recover every message that was sent in the past and receive all messages transmitted in the future without anyone receiving any notification at all".

"Read the Wired article today about WhatsApp - scary headline!"

WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption to assure users that their conversations can not be accessed, even if the company providing it so desires. If they add themselves to the group: 1.

WhatsApp also stated that preventing the attack would put an end to its group invite link tool which allows anyone to enter a group just by tapping on a URL.

This is because a notification does go through that a new, unknown member has joined the group, alerting people of the new unknown member.

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