WhatsApp testing feature that will allow it to dismiss group admins

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Any individual that is in charge of the servers could embed new people in private group chats without needing the authority from the admin.

'The confidentiality of the group is broken as soon as the uninvited member can obtain all the new messages and read them, ' study coauthor Paul Rösler, told Wired. WhatsApp has noted that if it were to immediately fix the flaw it could cause problems with allowing legitimate new members to join the group though the use of a shared URL.

However, Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos downplayed the security risks on Twitter, noting that there "isn't a secret way" into WhatsApp group chats. "But there is no secret way into WhatsApp groups chats". "The article makes a few key points".

"We've looked at this issue carefully", the spokesperson added. We built WhatsApp so group messages can not be sent to a hidden user.

WhatsApp has launched a feature in its beta version that will let users switch to video calls from voice calls at the touch of a button.

We completed the implementation of end-to-end encryption in 2016 for all messaging and calling on WhatsApp so that no one, not even us, has access to the content of your conversations.

WhatsApp is testing a new "Dismiss admin" feature to remove someone as group admin without removing them from the group entirely. The server authenticates the administrator, confirms that they have the proper authority to add/remove members from that group, and then sends a signal to all of the members which notifies them that a new member has been added to their mutual group.

The server can easily spoof any new member to the group without asking for permission from the group administrator.

But the researchers said it would be possible to get the server to jumble up the way in which messages are sent, so that members would not receive this notification or be aware of the newcomer. If the admin is keeping an eye on things, then he/she would know that a foreign party has entered the group and warn members about it. If you are the group admin, make sure you're familiar with everyone in the group.

He also said there are multiple ways to check and verify the members of a group chat.

When WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to every conversation for its billion users two years ago, the mobile messaging giant significantly raised the bar for the privacy of digital communications worldwide. They should utilize the Message Admin catch to post a message or offer media to the gathering.

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