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Skype Bug Sends Messages To Random Contacts 77

Posted by samzenpus
from the everyone-gets-a-message dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A bug has been discovered in Skype that sends users' private instant messages to other contacts whom the messages were never intended for. Skype has confirmed the issue and is working on a fix. 'We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact,' a Skype spokesperson told Engadget. 'We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype.'"
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Skype Bug Sends Messages To Random Contacts

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  • Wait ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by lennier1 (264730) on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:05PM (#40664865)

    Is it just me or did the Skype bugs get more entertaining after the MS purchase?

  • by Githaron (2462596) on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:15PM (#40664977)
    Maybe he was commenting ironically?
  • Spyware (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:17PM (#40665025)

    "We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact"

    The wording is interesting. They are not saying its an error, they are just saying it was sent to an unintended receiver.

    In other words: "Yes, we spy on you. But it wasn't our intention your friends know". I wouldn't be surprised if the next story is about skype having simular chat content filters as facebook showed recently.

  • Re:also (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:26PM (#40665129)

    When you don't have Skype listening on 80 and 443, other systems are still trying to connect those ports and are sending garbage, which appears in the Apache logs.

    When Skype wants to run on port 80, it should encapsulate its traffic (at least the initial command to see if it is talking to another skype) in valid HTTP(S).
    It makes no attempt to do so, which I consider a bug.

  • Re:Wait ... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Arkaic (784460) on Monday July 16, 2012 @03:57PM (#40665979)
    I was thinking along those lines. Has MS started adding code to Skype? :)

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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