Zoom vulnerabilities could give attackers webcam, microphone access
04 April, 2020, 00:40
Zoom Video Communications is facing increased scrutiny over customer privacy this month as New York's top prosecutor is probing the suddenly popular teleconferencing company's security practices during the coronavirus work-from-home movement. Zoom has now released a new update that addresses the issues revealed by Seele.
"However if you value either your (cyber) security or privacy, you ... should avoid using the macOS version of the app, as neither of these essential values seem to be part of their ethos", Wardle writes.
The Intercept would also go on to report that Zoom's meetings aren't protected by end-to-end encryption, despite the company claiming that its product uses the feature several times in marketing.
The zero-day Zoom flaws could give local, unprivileged attackers root privileges, and allow them to access victims' microphone and camera.
A researcher discovered two new flaws in video conferencing app Zoom that allow hackers to hijack users' webcam and their microphone.
The first of the two zero-day vulnerabilities enables an attacker to exploit Zoom's insecure install settings to gain "root" privileges. "This affords malware the ability to record all Zoom meetings, or, simply spawn Zoom in the background to access the mic and webcam at arbitrary times".
The ZoomWindows client vulnerability lets attackers steal the Windows credentials of users who click on the link which is sent via the chats and is compromised. While recent versions of macOS require explicit user approval for these permissions, Zoom has an "exception" that allows code to be injected by third party libraries.
Unfortunately, Zoom has been beset with security issues. The FBI on Tuesday warned of multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic or hate images and threatening language, in so-called "Zoom-bombing" attacks. The video conferencing platform automatically turns links posted to a meeting's chat window into clickable hyperlinks, a feature that would be harmless if not for the fact that the software also makes UNC paths clickable.
"We are actively investigating and working to address these issues".
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