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An important security flaw has been fixed in Zoom's latest update for Mac


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 15 Aug, 2022

A Zoom patch has been released to fix a bug on macOS that could allow a hacker to take control of a user's operating system if that bug is exploited. 

According to Zoom's security bulletin update, a fix is included in version 5.11.5 of the app on Mac, which can now be downloaded.

It was discovered and presented at the Def Con hacking conference last week by Patrick Wardle, a security researcher and founder of the Objective-See Foundation.

The findings of Wardle were reported by Corin Faife, my colleague who attended the event. According to Corin, the exploit targets the Zoom installer, which requires special permissions from the system administrator to run. 

Wardle found that by including Zoom's cryptographic signature in the package, hackers could effectively 'trick' Zoom into installing a malicious program. 

The attacker can then modify, delete, or add files to the device once they have gained access to the user's system.

The attacker can then modify, delete, or add files to the device once they have gained access to the user's system.

Open Zoom on your Mac and hit zoom.us from the menu bar at the top of the screen to install the 5.11.5 update.

When an update is available, Zoom will display a window with the latest app version along with details about what's changed. Start the download by selecting Update.

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