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Skype Bug Sends Messages To Random Contacts 77

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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  • also (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:02PM (#40664821)

    Skype also sends crap to port 80 at systems where the skype client is or has been running.
    This shows up as garbage log lines in Apache.
    This has been going on for years and they never fixed it.

  • Skype for Linux? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fph il quozientatore ( 971015 ) on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:07PM (#40664881)
    Is Skype for Linux affected?
  • Re:Wait ... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:16PM (#40664999)

    I used skype as a ghetto surveillence system and it quit working around February. My gut feeling was it was microsoft playing with the backend, then i found out they were converting to linux, so they were fucking it up. It isn't reliable anymore for very long term use, like 10 hours or more. I switched to yawcam and vlc and it is better in some ways.

    Skype still cool though.

  • Call me when... (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 16, 2012 @02:19PM (#40665051)

    Skype doesn't suck 10 kinds of ass.

    Seriously, to actually have a graphics-level crash these days, you have to purposefully screw your own code up.
    I've never had a single graphics crash besides 3 times where I done something a little obtuse in nature by making a Firefox window with Flash transparent.
    It is such a tiny use-case that I am surprised they even fixed it after I tested it another 2 times and reported the bug to both of them.
    Not with games, not a single Windows graphical error, nothing.
    But ever since Skype 5 and up, forced to use the video frame crap interface at the top of every call now, every so often it just fails to initialize for god knows what reason and then of course draws to nothing. And even then, that normally wouldn't do anything but kill the program. No, Skype goes a step ahead of everyone else and brings the entire OS down.
    It's not like I have the most generic system ever. Nothing special about it.

    Sadly other idiots I know refuse to use much better things, so stuck with that crap.
    So now I have to keep a constantly running script that has a hotkey that instantly terminates Skype the moment I notice the video frame hasn't initialized.
    I literally have a 2 second window of opportunity to terminate it or crash.
    Seriously sucks. Every version from 5 onwards. Nothing done about it either. I've all but given up even caring about helping them anymore.
    Heard so many others with the issue as well, in fact pretty sure I saw someone mention it on here a good while back on the Skype protocol article.

    Also, fix the constant "you have a message but you don't" bug! My god, most annoying bug in any program. More so than the crashing.

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