“In WhatsApp Web, Whatsapp allows 65500-6600 characters, but after typing about 4200-4400 smiley browser starts to slow down,”Bhuyan wrote in his blog post. “But since the limit is not yet reached so WhatsApp allows to go on inserting…when it receives it overflows the buffer and it crashes.”
- WhatsApp for Android devices including Marshmallow, Lollipop and Kitkat
- WhatsApp Web for Chrome, Opera and Firefox web browsers.
It is sure that the latest version of WhatsApp is affected by this bug.
How to Protect Yourself
Bhuyan told The Hacker News that he had reported the WhatsApp crash bug to Facebook. However, before the company patches the issue, there is a simple way out.