Skype patches messaging bug

Skype is pushing out an updated version of its VoIP app that plugs the glitch potentially sending instant messages to random recipients. The new app is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Windows Phone, though only certain versions of Skype for those platforms are actually affected by the issue, Skype now says. However, the general recommendation is to upgrade.

"The hotfix addresses an issue that occurs only when a user's Skype client crashes during a Skype IM session, which may in some cases result in the last IM entered or sent prior to the crash being delivered to a different IM contact after the Skype client is rebooted or logged in as a new user. Although we cannot determine precisely how many users may have been affected by this error, we believe the number is small given the very specific circumstances under which the error occurs" Skype

The four affected clients are as follows:

  • Skype 5.10 for Windows
  • Skype 5.8 for Mac
  • Skype 4.0 for Linux
  • Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone
  • However, those using Skype 5.9 for Windows, Skype 2.8 for Android and Skype 4.0 for iOS are not affected. The update also includes a minor fix for those running Skype on FAT32 formatted systems, where they could not save received files to their drive.

    You can download the new version of Skype here.