Skype introduced an update Friday that will hopefully help solution providers and users address a bug that allows those that take advantage to send files to recipients without asking and get access to data on the computer. The bug was marked by bug tracking firm Secunia and has been rated “moderately critical.” While the transfer of the file would begin without recipient consent, a message is sent to alert of the file transfer, and the sender could cancel it.
The versions of Skype affected by this bug are all those for Windows before and including 2.0.*.104 and the beta 2.5.*0 along with 2.5.*.78. Skype is encouraging solution providers and individual users to update to patched versions from the website immediately to avoid problems. Users that have set up Skype in a specific way will find that the program automatically checks for the update to ease the downloading process.
This is not the first time Skype has encountered problems with flaws in its program. Some were announced and fixed in October 2005 and November 2004. In better news for Skype, the company released a special promotion that will allow U.S. and Canadian users to make calls to both landline and mobile numbers for free until the end of 2006.
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