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Skype, the popular communications tool from Microsoft seems to be infected with a bug. Well, security researchers have now discovered a major security flaw in Skype and this loophole could allow cybercriminals to gain complete control of computers. Users and their data could get compromised on the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.
This looks to be a major concern and a big defect. However, Microsoft is reportedly not taking needed actions anytime soon. According to Mac Observer, Microsoft is not planning to shut down the backdoor because the entire app update installer needs to be rewritten.
The reports further note that the security flaw is indeed related to the app update installer. If hackers exploit this then it could allow them and malicious users to gain the administrator-level access to affected systems.
Talking more about this flaw, the reports have stated that any system can be exploited and even if someone is logged in as a standard user they could still be hacked. Once the access is gained, these cybercriminals could most likely copy or delete critical files, spy on users, install rogue apps, access personal data, and anything you can think of.
However, this is not the first time such issue has been brought to light. Last year in September, security researchers had warned Microsoft about the flaw. Following which the tech giant did reproduce the issue on their own computers. But they were not looking to fix the issue right away.
Researcher Stefan Kanthak notes that the company was instead planning to treat the bug in the newer version of Skype rather than roll out a security update.
Further, the reason for such a move was given as, "the installer would need a large code revision to prevent DLL injection." Well, amidst all this development the Skype vulnerability remains untreated. Meanwhile, Microsoft has promised to develop and release a newer version of the client. The current version will gradually be denounced.
Well, as for our opinion we think with this revelation it is better to uninstall Skype for now until we get the newer version which is safe for the users. We don't want someone controlling our PCs.