Researchers and tech experts have pointed out vulnerabilities in the Telegram application. A group of English researchers has highlighted the vulnerabilities in the popular messaging application. The app has become quite popular these days and has over 500 million users worldwide.
Experts Highlight Critical Vulnerabilities in Telegram Application
A group of experts from London; has pointed out some critical vulnerabilities in the Telegram messaging application. The scholars from Royal Holloway; University of London said that there are some vulnerabilities in the app’s cloud chats.
The Problem is Now Fixed
According to reports, Telegram acknowledged what the researchers said; and fixed the problem. The app launched an update recently and covered the vulnerabilities. Moreover, the messaging platform uses the MTProto protocol; in order to secure its cloud chats. It is somewhat similar to Transport Layer Security (TLS). However, TLS is a popular cryptographic standard; that is used to ensure data security during its transfer.
How did the Researchers Conduct their Study?
Researchers said that they attempted four attacks on Telegram; to test its security protocol. However, three of them passed the security test. But the last one broke the security protocols and application’s key exchange properties. This led to a MitM attack. Moreover, the study concluded that the platform; uses MTProto protection based on cryptographic techniques. Although the messages remain between the server and the client; they aren’t end-to-end encrypted. These chats are referred to as “cloud chats”. Researchers found that the app does offer encryption; through a ‘secret chats” feature. But the cloud chats are not end-to-end encrypted.
What did Telegram Say Over this Issue?