Skype for Mac month-old vulnerability yet to be fixed

Skype for Mac month-old vulnerability yet to be fixedThe Skype client for Mac has a serious vulnerability that allows attacker to gain remote control of a victim's computer, security researcher Gordon Maddern warned.

Maddern, of Pure Hacking in Australia, claimed that he discovered the vulnerability around a month ago alerted Skype of it, but Skype has yet to fix the vulnerability.

Responding to Maddern’s comments, Skype said it released a quick fix to protect users until a full update is ready. The quick fix was as a minor update in mid of April, but the company did not encourage users to update their software as there were no reports about any exploitation of the hole by hackers.

Commenting on the problem, Skype said, "We are aware of this and will release a fix early next week to resolve the issue. We take our users' privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect Skype users from this vulnerability.”

Skype, the provider of the VoIP software, said it upcoming update would include some extra updates and bug fixes. The company will notify all of its Skype for Mac users once the update is released.

Luxembourg-based Skype, which was founded in 2003, accounted for 13 per cent of all international call minutes in 2010.