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Skype Bug Sends Messages To Random Contacts

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the everyone-gets-a-message dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "A bug has been discovered in Skype that sends users' private instant messages to other contacts whom the messages were never intended for. Skype has confirmed the issue and is working on a fix. 'We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact,' a Skype spokesperson told Engadget. 'We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype.'"

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77 comments

48fps is too fast (4, Funny)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 years ago | (#40664819)

Why would I go to a theater to see a movie not shot at 24 fps, 48fps is just too fast for me.

Re:48fps is too fast (0)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40664909)

Wrong story, Bob. You meant to post in this one [slashdot.org] .

This one's about a Skype bug, and the one before it a recent achievement at the National Ignition Lab.

Re:48fps is too fast (3, Insightful)

Githaron (2462596) | about 2 years ago | (#40664977)

Maybe he was commenting ironically?

Re:48fps is too fast (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 years ago | (#40665071)

That is what I was going for

Re:48fps is too fast (3, Informative)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40665081)

Woosh, apparently. My bad ;)

Re:48fps is too fast (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 years ago | (#40665411)

No problem. Apparently others felt it was off topic and it got bounced down to -1 for a bit.

Re:48fps is too fast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664993)

whoooooooooooosh

Re:48fps is too fast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665313)

Whoosh!

Re:48fps is too fast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665319)

Whooooooosh.

Re:48fps is too fast (4, Funny)

Ashbory (781835) | about 2 years ago | (#40664917)

Did you post this comment from Skype?

Re:48fps is too fast (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 years ago | (#40665083)

Maybe?

Re:48fps is too fast (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664925)

Why would I go to a theater to see a movie not shot at 24 fps, 48fps is just too fast for me.

lol

also (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664821)

Skype also sends crap to port 80 at systems where the skype client is or has been running.
This shows up as garbage log lines in Apache.
This has been going on for years and they never fixed it.

Re:also (-1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40664921)

It's called an open proxy scan, you dipshit. It's intentional.

Did you actually have to call him a dipshit? (1, Offtopic)

tlambert (566799) | about 2 years ago | (#40664989)

It's called an open proxy scan, you dipshit. It's intentional.

He just admitted to running Skype. It's kind of a given.

Re:also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665005)

A reasonable program would have used a HTTP command instead of sending crap.

Re:also (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665033)

It's called an open proxy scan, you dipshit

no its not, Skype listens on 443 and port 80 by default, just open your settings in Skype and see under "connections"

if you have a webserver on your gateway then this is where the garbage appears as skype clients try to connect to 80/443 on the public IP before choosing a NAT'ed port

dipshit

Re:also (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665129)

When you don't have Skype listening on 80 and 443, other systems are still trying to connect those ports and are sending garbage, which appears in the Apache logs.

When Skype wants to run on port 80, it should encapsulate its traffic (at least the initial command to see if it is talking to another skype) in valid HTTP(S).
It makes no attempt to do so, which I consider a bug.

Re:also (1)

tokul (682258) | about 2 years ago | (#40666599)

This has been going on for years and they never fixed it.

It is hard to fix something controlled by application config.

Re:also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670623)

It is not controlled by application config.
In the version of Skype for Linux (2.2) that I run there does not even exist such a config item.
But also, the problem is NOT that the local Skype is listening on port 80, it isn't doing that (it is running as a normal user).
The problem is that the OTHER skype users who try to connect are trying on port 80 using another protocol than HTTP.
They send garbage to port 80 on this system, on which there is no skype listening, there is apache.

ahhhh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664827)

a big white box all for myself :D

Re:ahhhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664959)

Pool's closed.

Have they mentoned (4, Funny)

floydman (179924) | about 2 years ago | (#40664843)

how to find out if that happened...just in case i am cheating on my wife

Re:Have they mentoned (5, Funny)

SatanClauz (741416) | about 2 years ago | (#40664869)

Ask your wife.

Re:Have they mentoned (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665015)

When your wife runs a blade through your brain, you will know.

Re:Have they mentoned (1)

rHBa (976986) | about 2 years ago | (#40668623)

Blink and you'll miss it...

Re:Have they mentoned (5, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 2 years ago | (#40665265)

Did you wake up with your penis still attached to your body?

Re:Have they mentoned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665813)

Yes, but brain hurt knife ear bad feel blood floor banana fridge.

Re:Have they mentoned (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666073)

Did you wake up with your penis still attached to your body?

Or vagina?

Re:Have they mentoned (1, Offtopic)

sound+vision (884283) | about 2 years ago | (#40666187)

Or vagina.

Re:Have they mentoned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666331)

Give your LGT crap a rest. No one cares about those freaks.

Re:Have they mentoned (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 2 years ago | (#40666963)

The GP's name is "FloydMan". I'm assuming that he's a dude.

Admittedly, I've been shaving since 2004, but... uh... not that closely.

Re:Have they mentoned (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40667699)

The above AC is referring to a previous slashdot story [slashdot.org] . It turned into another slashdot meta joke, so expect to see it a lot until people get bored of it.

Re:Have they mentoned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40677553)

The above AC is referring to a previous slashdot story [slashdot.org] . It turned into another slashdot meta joke, so expect to see it a lot FOREVER!

FTFY

Re:Have they mentoned (1)

antdude (79039) | about 2 years ago | (#40666297)

Was that woman's name, Lorena Bobbit? :P

Wait ... (4, Insightful)

lennier1 (264730) | about 2 years ago | (#40664865)

Is it just me or did the Skype bugs get more entertaining after the MS purchase?

Re:Wait ... (0)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about 2 years ago | (#40664911)

I was just thinking the same thing. Perhaps it is just that all MS bugs are more entertaining when you don't run any MS software.

Re:Wait ... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664999)

I used skype as a ghetto surveillence system and it quit working around February. My gut feeling was it was microsoft playing with the backend, then i found out they were converting to linux, so they were fucking it up. It isn't reliable anymore for very long term use, like 10 hours or more. I switched to yawcam and vlc and it is better in some ways.

Skype still cool though.

Re:Wait ... (0)

durrr (1316311) | about 2 years ago | (#40665437)

Why don't you just aquire a fully fledged surveillence application in indefinite trial mode from indefinite trial bay?

How about the Skype registration form... (0)

vst (2539516) | about 2 years ago | (#40665075)

It's not just you.

A few days ago my friend couldn't register his friend on Skype because the second email field in the registration form persistently stayed disabled/greyed-out (tried it in every browser, on both Linux and Windows)...

Re:How about the Skype registration form... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40671871)

Could have easily fixed that with Javascript, you know.

Re:How about the Skype registration form... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40702743)

Could have easily fixed that with Javascript, you know.

Yeah, I did that FYI, but that's not the point. So, go fuck yourself, you putrid little AC cunt.

Re:How about the Skype registration form... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40719323)

If you smell a putrid little AC cunt, it's probably you. They haven't yet figured out how to transmit odors over the internet, afaik.

Re:Wait ... (1)

awehttam (779031) | about 2 years ago | (#40665621)

Nah, these things have been happening for years. I first encountered something similar about 2.5 years ago when messages from me where being delivered to a contact of one of my Skype contacts.

Re:Wait ... (2, Insightful)

Arkaic (784460) | about 2 years ago | (#40665979)

I was thinking along those lines. Has MS started adding code to Skype? :)

Re:Wait ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666223)

Yes, allow Microfail (Microsoft) to touch a product and it develops new "features".....it's not a bug I tell ya it's a new feature!!!!!

Microsoft developers working on Skype now? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664877)

The symptoms sure are there...

Re:Microsoft developers working on Skype now? (0)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#40665213)

Could have something to do with Microsoft owning Skype...

Skype for Linux? (3, Interesting)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | about 2 years ago | (#40664881)

Is Skype for Linux affected?

Re:Skype for Linux? (5, Funny)

slashmojo (818930) | about 2 years ago | (#40665203)

It will be in about 2 years..

Re:Skype for Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665405)

like there's gonna be a linux version left after CrazySteve is done with skype...

Re:Skype for Linux? (1)

Bernal KC (10943) | about 2 years ago | (#40679689)

Yes, and it has been fixed. Updates available now.

Client Issue? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40664885)

Good thing I'm still on 2.x

You call that a bug, lonely lonely Skype calls it (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#40664889)

You may call that a bug.

the lonely lonely Skype program calls that "making friends".

Come on, sign it up for a dating service, it wants to make friends.

I absolutely refuse (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 2 years ago | (#40664971)

To use the 5.0 series of Skype. I uninstalled it and went back to 4.2.0.187...........much nicer, thank you very much.

Re:I absolutely refuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665427)

Well, enjoy your no security patches.

Spyware (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665025)

"We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact"

The wording is interesting. They are not saying its an error, they are just saying it was sent to an unintended receiver.

In other words: "Yes, we spy on you. But it wasn't our intention your friends know". I wouldn't be surprised if the next story is about skype having simular chat content filters as facebook showed recently.

Re:Spyware (1)

KhabaLox (1906148) | about 2 years ago | (#40665601)

The wording is interesting. They are not saying its an error, they are just saying it was sent to an unintended receiver.

In other words: "Yes, we spy on you. But it wasn't our intention your friends know".

I think it's clear that what they meant by that comment is that the 3rd party is not who you, the user, intended to receive the message. However, what's interesting to me is that this can happen at all. I'm not an engineer by any stretch, and perhaps I'm being too paranoid, but isn't it conceivable that the bug might not be that it's sending the IM to an some 3rd party on your contact list, but rather it's sending it to that 3rd party instead of to some log file on Skype's servers, or worse yet, some NSA repository?

Re:Spyware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40668139)

Well that's easy to find out...

Just send a Skype IM that you're going to blow some shit up tomorrow.

If the FBI, CIA or NSA are at your door before tomorrow, you know the answer.

Half working as intended. (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | about 2 years ago | (#40665043)

The part wrong is the recipient, it's supposed to forward your messages to big brother, not your friends.

Re:Half working as intended. (3, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#40665593)

Thoughtcrime. Big Brother is your only friend. Big Brother has always been your only friend.

Call me when... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665051)

Skype doesn't suck 10 kinds of ass.

Seriously, to actually have a graphics-level crash these days, you have to purposefully screw your own code up.
I've never had a single graphics crash besides 3 times where I done something a little obtuse in nature by making a Firefox window with Flash transparent.
It is such a tiny use-case that I am surprised they even fixed it after I tested it another 2 times and reported the bug to both of them.
Not with games, not a single Windows graphical error, nothing.
But ever since Skype 5 and up, forced to use the video frame crap interface at the top of every call now, every so often it just fails to initialize for god knows what reason and then of course draws to nothing. And even then, that normally wouldn't do anything but kill the program. No, Skype goes a step ahead of everyone else and brings the entire OS down.
It's not like I have the most generic system ever. Nothing special about it.

Sadly other idiots I know refuse to use much better things, so stuck with that crap.
So now I have to keep a constantly running script that has a hotkey that instantly terminates Skype the moment I notice the video frame hasn't initialized.
I literally have a 2 second window of opportunity to terminate it or crash.
Seriously sucks. Every version from 5 onwards. Nothing done about it either. I've all but given up even caring about helping them anymore.
Heard so many others with the issue as well, in fact pretty sure I saw someone mention it on here a good while back on the Skype protocol article.

Also, fix the constant "you have a message but you don't" bug! My god, most annoying bug in any program. More so than the crashing.

sounds like (5, Funny)

geoffaus (623283) | about 2 years ago | (#40665147)

A new product - Skype Chat Roulette!

Re:sounds like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666675)

They would charge for that upgrade :-)

Re:sounds like (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | about 2 years ago | (#40666751)

A new product - Skype Chat Roulette!

It's not a bug...it's a feature...

honey... (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 2 years ago | (#40665169)

The old bag is going to some suffragette meeting tonight or something. Bring your Mighty Mouse costume... there will be plenty of time. Can't wait to eat your cheese!!

Serves Skype users right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40665975)

People who use Skype despite its poisonous closed protocol deserve everything they get.

Re:Serves Skype users right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666169)

People who use Skype despite its poisonous closed protocol deserve everything they get.

Heh. Just...... stupid.

Re:Serves Skype users right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40666749)

Facetime

How about the exit button? (2)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | about 2 years ago | (#40666831)

How about fixing the red exit button so that when I click it the application actually exits, and doesn't keep running in the background, so I have to exit it again, and the confirm?

And before I hear the whiners say:"That's what its supposed to do". I say inability to exit the application with one click is a fucking bug.

Re:How about the exit button? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670361)

Red button?! Are you using Windows?!

You are bugged by design...

Re:How about the exit button? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40674823)

Same with music players in Linux. (I'm looking at you, Rythmbox)
Alt-F4 should close the freaking application, not hide it in a panel and continue playing music.

feature or bug? (1)

dhart (1261) | about 2 years ago | (#40667429)

A "bug", really? Or was it a "feature" that went slightly wrong? The mere existence of code [in Skype's codebase] that sends messages without the user's input is troublesome (although hardly surprising, considering the source).

gmail (1)

speedc0re (744562) | about 2 years ago | (#40669271)

gmail has been doing this for years, or is that just my gmail?

Re:gmail (1)

speedc0re (744562) | about 2 years ago | (#40705839)

I get emails from random people sending to other gmail accounts, and the slashdot fascists don't find that the least bit informative?

It's just the Government listening in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40670537)

This is just the government bug feature. They are the third party who has requested access to your conversations and wants to be kept in the loop of what you say.

https://www.networkworld.com/community/node/81026?t51hb [networkworld.com]

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