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Skype pushes out hotfixes for IM security bug

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Tue July 17, 2012

Windows, Mac, Linux updates available

Skype is now releasing hotfixes addressing a serious security flaw in its VoIP client, according to a blog post. If a few recent versions of the app crashed during the middle of an IM session, they would sometimes send out the last recorded message to the wrong person on a user's contact list. The glitch was also contingent on rebooting Skype, or logging in as a new user.

The company says that after investigation, it has determined that only some versions of the client are prone to the bug. These, however, include Skype 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for the Mac, Skype 4.0 for Linux, and Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone. Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android, and Skype 4.0 for iOS are known to be unaffected.

Mac, Windows, and Linux patches should be available for download through the app's update feature. The Windows Phone update should be ready soon if not already.




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