New Google Chrome flaw recording your audio & video without your permission
Recently security experts found that Google Chrome has been enabling permission to malicious sites to record video and audio without warning users. Did you ever noticed whenever we go through different media sites such as Skype and Facebook, it will shows a pop-up notification which asks about the permission to record audio or video. When a user allows those sites to enable audio or video recording feature, the site will now have access to record your audio and video while making video or voice calls through Skype or Facebook.
There are no issues giving audio or video permissions to the high authority domains like Facebook and Skype because they assure us about securing our privacy and we even have a right to complaint about privacy options. But the main problem occurs whenever we intentionally or accidentally gives permission to unknown or non-secure sites which will comprise our privacy by recording audio and video.
The latest flaw in Google chrome was found out by AOL developer Ran Bar-Zik who said that the new Google chrome flaw within the browser accessing user’s privacy options by recording audio and video without warning users. Responding to AOL developer statement, Google claimed that the flaw was not a valid security threat and we’ve working on to fix this issue in upcoming chrome version.
How does Google Chrome flaw work?
The Google Chrome browser uses Web real-time communications or WebRTC protocols to make video or audio calls without depending on any other third party application or plugins. These protocols will uses best security features while allowing sites to record video or audio and it makes sure that user privacy date has secured.
The web browsers won’t allow recording video or audio without the permission of user it always checks the user permissions to access device camera and microphone. If any website wants to access your device camera and microphone, WebRTC protocol will warn users about it with the pop-up notification, and it only allows when a user approve it otherwise the WebRTC protocol will block the accessing permissions.
Once a user grants the permission to a particular website, it will start using your device microphone and camera until you give manual commands from the WebRTC settings. Whenever you grant permission to a website, it will save your preference, and it won’t ask permissions next time you visit that website. This is the reason why don’t have to constantly give permission to Facebook because it saves your cache preference.
Whenever we give audio or video permissions to a particular website, you will notice some symbols on the chrome about through which you can find out which feature your browser has been using. If a chrome tab has an ‘audio’ symbol, it means that it is playing some audio, if tab shows ‘recording’ symbol which means that site has been recording your audio or video and if a chrome tab has ‘TV’ symbol that site has permission to cast your Live activity.
The latest Google chrome flaw will use malicious java scripts which doesn’t ask permissions, and it won’t show any symbol on chrome tabs while recording audio or video. To prevent these malicious scripts, don’t download any applications from non-secured sites and don’t give permissions to sites which don’t have ‘HTTPS’ secure connection.
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