Mac Users Beware; Skype Security Flaw

, Sat, May 7, 2011

A vulnerability in the Mac OS X version of Skype means that Mac users may have to be more aware when using the instant messaging service.

Gordon Maddern, a security researcher from the firm Pure Hacking discovered an error in Skype’s security system which allows someone with the ability and knowledge to gain remote access to another’s computer, just by sending them and IM.

Gordon says he discovered the hole by accident but shortly after put together a short concept proving how potentially dangerous this flaw could be. Maddern was able to gain access and take control of any users computer and execute a shell instance. 

Skype says; “We are aware of this and will release a fix early next week to resolve the issue. We take our users privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect Skype users from this vulnerability.”

There’s now an update for this fix, but Skype has not yet pushed it out to its users. To get the update; download Skype 5.1.0.992.




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