Zoom is a popular tool used for video conferencing, and has become a hit during the past two years. This has attracted more unwanted attention from hackers, who are now able to take advantage of a new vulnerability in the platform.
Zoom has a security flaw that allows attackers to install malware on the device without alerting the user about it. A security flaw has been reported in the Zoom Client for Meetings platform, which is also available for Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Linux. Zoom says the vulnerability was found in version 5.10.0, which fails to properly validate hostnames during a server switch request.
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“This problem could be exploited in a more sophisticated attack to trick an unknown user’s client into connecting to a malicious server when attempting to access Zoom services,” Zoom said in a blog post.
Zoom became aware of the issue through bug hunter Evan Fratik of Google’s Project Zero group. Frantic had informed Zoom about the security flaw in February this year, after which the bug was fixed through an update.
Therefore, if you are using the Zoom client with a version earlier than 5.10.0, the company is asking you to update the software immediately. It is also warning people from clicking on any links from unknown sources that may be carrying malware.
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Zoom is used by millions of people for both personal and business use. The last thing you want is software to be infected with malware that has the potential to harm the user in a variety of ways.
Issues like these come up regularly, and it is imperative that companies have a strong security mechanism in place to thwart any threat. Updates are a big part of that process, helping the software fix bugs and better protect you against other zero-day cases that could cause trouble in the future.
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