Skype sick with bad bug, must be patched

Monday, 22 May 2006, 11:51 AM EST

VoIP provider Skype rolled out an update on Friday to quash a bug that can let attackers send a file to a recipient without his or her consent, and potentially obtain access to the computer and its data.

The vulnerability, which Danish bug tracking firm Secunia rated as "moderately critical," is in the VoIP software's parsing of URLs. A malformed link - sent in a Skype message, for instance - can begin the transfer of a file from attacker to recipient, who does not need to have "explicitly consented to the action," Skype said in an advisory.

At ITNews.

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