A security bug is permitting users to bypass new privacy controls introduced by Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp on iPhones this month, the service asks on Wednesday once users announce concerning the problem on social media.
The speech act comes as messaging and alternative applications race to enhance security and privacy and as Facebook INC is addressing criticism for not safeguarding privacy.
WhatsApp is new privacy feature permits users to want Touch ID or Face ID fingerprint or facial recognition to open the app however users were able to bypass those log-in strategies by using the iPhone’s share function to send files over WhatsApp.
Users can set verification to be needed in real time upon log-in, which means they might need to supply Touch ID or Face ID each n every time they open WhatsApp, or at intervals of up to an hour, permitting them to toggle between apps on the iPhone for that time period.
The security system fails once users choose any interval option other than immediately.
A user named “u/de_X_ter” wrote a Reddit post https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/ase63o/the_latest_faceid_and_touchid_integration_with detailing the matter on Tuesday. Reuters verified the bug.
We are aware of the problem and a fix might be accessible shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that folks set the screen lock option to immediately, a WhatsApp spokesperson asks by email.
Last month a user discovered a privacy flaw with Apple FaceTime cluster video chat software, that allowed iPhone users to examine and hear others before they settle a video call. Apple extended an iOS update to repair the problem.
Apple failed to in real time answer queries on whether or not an analogous fix would be needed for the WhatsApp bug.