Skype for Mac Updated to Fix Critical Security Flaw

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The Skype application for Mac has finally been updated to fix a critical vulnerability discovered last week. Version 5.1.0.935 fixes a major flaw that exposed your Mac to attacks from malicious contacts via instant messages, and meant another user could gain remote access to your system.

Interestingly, Skype actually fixed the flaw on April 14th, but didn’t bother pushing the update out to its users because there was no exploit active in the wild. Reassuring, isn’t it?

The update – which also fixes some bugs in addition to patching security holes – is obviously recommended for all Skype 5 users. To download it, launch Skype on your Mac and check for updates, or visit the website.

If you downloaded Skype 5 from the Skype website after April 14th, you may already have the most recent version and won’t see an update available. In which case you don’t need to worry.

Skype 2.8 – the old version of the application which many prefer – isn’t affected by the vulnerability.

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  • Gonji

    I upgraded to 2.8

  • Bob BRent

    Skype 5′s user interface is “butt ugly” let alone compliant with Apple Interface guidelines: hogging screen real estate by using oversized icons, spacing and refusing to be resized to a mimimal footprint. It looks like it was done by a group of rookie web designers doing their first class project on a Mac. How could they release an interface this bad?

    Thanks for reminder about v2.8, Killian, I still had it in downloads and reinstalled it and now have my perfectly sized small Skype window back again.

  • condorphoto

    “Interestingly,
    Skype

    actually fixed the flaw on April 14th, but didn’t bother pushing the
    update out to its users because there was no exploit active in the wild.
    Reassuring, isn’t it?”

    Sounds like Skype and Microsoft were made for each other

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