The use of instant messaging applications may create attack vectors that allow malicious users to conduct attacks on the systems of users who utilize the clients.† A compromised user system may lead to the compromise of multiple systems on the network.
Instant messaging applications allow users to exchange messages in near real time. These transactions are normally routed between users via a central server. The use of these applications can create risks to the system and network.† Users can receive links to malicious websites or files containing malicious code, which may lead to a compromise of the system and could compromise additional systems on the network.
The following is a list of the more popular instant messaging services:
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
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