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WhatsApp, NVIDIA users urged to update software

Posted May 14, 2019 11:07 a.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2019 11:33 a.m. EDT

Two recently discovered security flaws are prompting WhatsApp and NVIDIA users to update their software.

NVIDIA is a computer game company that designs graphics processing units for gaming and professional markets as well as units for the mobile computing and automotive market. 

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp says a vulnerability in its app allows hackers to install spyware on a phone without the user knowing it. A company spokesman told the Associated Press that the spyware could be delivered through missed phone calls on WhatsApp's voice-calling function. That spyware could give hackers access to your phone's features.

WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app and make sure your device's security patches are up to date.

A separate flaw affects Windows users who have NVIDIA graphics cards. The company's display drivers have security vulnerabilities that could give hackers elevated admin privileges on your computer. They could control your machine and personal information you have on it.

NVIDIA has patched the problem and is rolling out updates of its driver software. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, make sure the drivers are up to date. You can download updated versions from NVIDIA's website.