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Telegram Platform: Researchers Point Out Crucial Flaws

Published Tue, Jul 20 2021 07:35 am
by The Silicon Trend


A team of researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, identified crucial security vulnerabilities in Telegram, a famous messaging platform used by around 500 million across the globe. They analyzed the encryption protocols used & unveiled the flaw in its cloud chats. The app stated it found out the researchers' & fixed them in the newest update. It uses the MTProto to secure its cloud chats, like Transport Layer Security (TLS).

The study added that for 2 different chat kinds, the platform uses its MTProto record layer to offer protection based on symmetric cryptographic methods. By default, the messages are authenticated & encrypted, but the cloud chats are not end-to-end encrypted. They also explain the techniques used to attack the app's security protocol & how they succeeded. 



The researchers explained in their study that they released 4 attacks on the app's security protocol & the final one broke its authentication properties. The flaws gave a competitor the chance to rearrange the messages, allowing the attackers to exploit app bots. Numerous e-bots are controlled by cloud chats. 

Telegram said the newest version already has the modifications that create the 4 remarks made by the researchers no longer relevant. Messaging platforms such as Signal & Telegram have seen the most significant surge in usage & downloads after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy, including a controversial modification of connecting WhatsApp users' information to Facebook's other services & products.





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