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WhatsApp Again on Google Play Retailer After a Transient Disappearance

12 October 2019

WhatsApp, the hugely popular encrypted messaging app owned by Facebook, temporarily vanished from the Google Play store.

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As a result of a sudden disappearance, those that had been seeking to be part of WhatsApp for the primary time weren't capable of set up it through the Google Play retailer. Meanwhile, other Facebook owned apps are visible on Google Play search list. To download WhatsApp on Android phones, you will have to just start typing WhatsApp on the search box of Google Play and the moment you get you see the WhatsApp Messenger app in the auto-suggest list that gets generated while typing, tap on it to proceed to download. What makes this type of updates stand out is the fact that they make it possible for Android users to manually download and install all updates. However, the reason behind the sudden disappearance, which was first spotted by WABetaInfo, remains unclear. This, in flip, skill that WhatsApp hasn't entirely disappeared from the Google Play Store and neither did Google blacklist the app, the document added. In the meantime, it seems that WhatsApp is also not available on third-party app stores, like Huawei's AppGallery and Samsung's Galaxy Store. This bug could let attackers obtain access to a device and steal data by sending a malicious GIF file.

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A double-free vulnerability is a memory corruption anomaly that could crash an application or open up an exploit vector that attackers can abuse to gain access to users' device.

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"The exploit works well until WhatsApp version 2.19.230".

WhatsApp Again on Google Play Retailer After a Transient Disappearance