Skype was forced to switch off its popular video-sharing feature in its software as a security effort to protect Skype users from a self-launch worm attack.
The bug in the software was first reported last Thursday by security researcher ,Aviv Raff and believed to be originated from Skype’s way of using Internet Explorer component to render HTML.
Last week, the security researcher proved the potential bug by showing how attackers could exercise the bug to run unauthorized software on a Skype user’s PC. Again on Tuesday, Raff said the flaw was more serious than he’d first thought.
Raff conveyed this alarming news in his blog citing, it can “be triggered by simply visiting a Web site, or clicking on a link from your instant messaging application.”
Skype did not take long to remove the video feature from its client software on Tuesday as a result of the bug. Users who now click on the “videos” button in the chat window will be greeted with a message that the feature was unavailable due to security concern.
Skype engineers are working towards resolving this problem and bringing back the highly demanded feature again in the shortest time.