A new bug has been reported in WhatsApp, a famous messaging app, which can let anyone crash WhatsApp application your mobile by just sending a message containing more than 2000 words all special characters. This bug was discovered by two teen Indian security researchers Indrajee Bhuyan and Saurav Kar.
Read More : Cicret, a smart bracelet to run Android on your Wrist
In the below video demonstration, you can see how a 2000 words, which becomes almost 2kb in size, message with all special character will crash WhatsApp application. Earlier it was reported that sending a message with greater than 7mb in size crashes the app, but this new research shows how a just 2kb message can crash the app.
This bug has been produced on almost all the major Android OS versions excluding the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The worst impact you can face is to clean all your chat history and start from fresh else opening the message will crash the WhatsApp on your phone again.
Although the attack does not work on Windows phones, and has not been tested on iOS but it is still a big issue which people can exploit very badly like deleting a group by sending the message to not let others keep track of the chat.
The famous messaging app has almost 600 Million users and was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion at the beginning of this year. WhatsApp, recently introduced a ‘message seen’ feature which lets you know if the receiver has seen the message or not and has made many changes including end to end message encryption as its default feature to maintain the user privacy and prevent the theft.
Watch More : Videos: Galaxy Note 4 Vs Google Nexus 6 Durability drop Tests
According to the sources, if this bug spreads out before the update by WhatsApp, it can affect some 500 Million users around the world and forcing users to destroy their chat history which in case of groups will become a major loss.