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WhatsApp testing 'demote' feature for group chat admins

14 January 2018, 12:16 | Antoinette Holland

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WhatsApp Messenger, which has made our lives easier and connected people like never before seems to be making headlines yet again.

The Facebook-owned messaging application WhatsApp has been testing and rolling out various new features lately for the benefit of its users.

Researchers said the flaw in WhatsApp can allow anyone who controls the platform's servers to add new people into a private group without needing permission from the group chat's administrator to enter the conversation.

WhatsApp new Mention badge feature
The Whats App Mention badge appears as a button with"@ symbol in a group

Speaking to Wired, one of the researchers said: "The confidentiality of the group is broken as soon as the uninvited member can obtain all the new messages and read them".

WhatsApp recently also announced that it is working on give more powers to the group admin. They also point out that the lack of any authentication mechanism to deal with the invitation for new members also worsens the security.

Researchers reported an alleged security flaw for WhatsApp that supposedly violates privacy. "It's why we collect very little information and all messages sent on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted", the spokesperson added.

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It is not the first serious vulnerability that researchers have discovered on WhatsApp's messaging platform, with security firm Checkpoint uncovering a loophole previous year that allowed hackers to completely take over users' accounts and access conversations, contact lists, photos, videos and other shared media. Only people in a conversation should be able to read WhatsApp's messages, not the servers themselves. They should utilize the Message Admin catch to post a message or offer media to the gathering.

In every WhatsApp group, users see a special blue message when someone joins or leaves a group.

Researchers told WhatsApp about the issue last summer.

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Open Whisper Systems, the creators of Signal, told Wired that they are now redesigning how Signal handles group messaging, but did not share any more than that.

WhatsApp has got a new feature up its sleeve for group admins who want to demote other admins. However, in case he does not notice, the group is compromised. We say so as it is common for us to mute large groups that will result in skipping important conversations and messages.

If you're the group admin, you - and only you, if you're the only admin - will be allowed to send any messages. But attackers that can control of a Threema server can replay messages or add a previously removed user back into a group, the researchers found.

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