Popular video calling app Zoom has released a major update for macOS. An update that fixes a security flaw that could put our Mac at risk through the application’s automatic update system. So if we use Zoom on our computer, the best thing is that we update it as soon as possible.
A security breach known for eight months
On August 13, Zoom informed its users that versions of its app for Mac included between 5.7.3 and 5.11.3 had a vulnerability in the automatic update process that could cause a local user to gain access privileges. root in the operating system. A major security flaw that would allow an attacker almost unlimited access to the Mac system.
If two years ago Zoom already promised to fix its security flaws and issued a public apology, now the app is back in the headlines after researcher Patrick Wardle will reveal this vulnerability
So, let’s make sure we have, at least, version 5.11.5 of the application, which contains the correction of this error. An update that comes after Wardle communicated the error to Zoom in December last year. After finding that the initial patch contained another bug that allowed further exploitation of this vulnerability, Wardle contacted Zoom again.
Now, eight months after its discovery, Zoom has solved the problem. To which Wardle comments in The Verge that “for me it was a bit of a problem because not only did I report bugs to Zoom, but I also reported bugs in the code and how to fix them. so was really frustrating to wait, What, six, seven, eight months, knowing that all Mac versions of Zoom installed on users’ computers were vulnerable.