Telegram Desktop App Leaks Private IP Addresses during Voice Calls
- October, 01, 2018 - 12:43
- Science news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Telegram reputation for privacy and security brought into question after its desktop app was discovered to have been leaking both public and private IP addresses during voice calls due to its peer-to-peer framework, by Security researcher Dhiraj Mishra.
Where mobile users could turn off peer-to-peer calls and keep their information secret, you had no choice but use the technology on the desktop. That could open you to attacks or disclose your location regardless of how careful you might otherwise be, Engadget reported.
The company has fixed the issue in both the 1.3.17 beta and 1.4 versions of Telegram by giving you options to either disable peer-to-peer calling entirely or limit it to your contacts.
Mishra received a €2,000 (about $2,300) bounty for the find. It's not Telegram's proudest moment, but the flaw does serve as a reminder that you can't assume an app is airtight simply because of its reputation, even if most of its policies are sound.