The new Skype, with assorted features you don't want and none of the ones you used to love

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2018 - 01:23 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, skype, security

The new Skype looks much like a child who swallowed far too many Halloween candies and happened to be facing a monitor during the inevitable outcome; a feature not many requested.  Also gone is the ability to program your own add-ins and apply them to Skype to enhance recording and a variety of other features which made the product useful.  Microsoft ended that when they took Skype over, however they offer some other less popular features.   One such is a vulnerability which allows the unsecure update process to be used to inject nasty DLLs to give SYSTEM level access to an attacker.  From what The Inquirer has been able to find out, Microsoft will not be releasing a patch for vulnerable versions but will instead release a new version at some point, without the vulnerability baked in. 

Conspicuosly absent from this discussion was the soon to be Team-ed Skype for Business which may or may not feature this particular problem.  As it updates through Office 365 it should be safe, but not many security execs are satisifed by 'should'.

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"Long story short - there's so much code that would need to be rewritten that it isn't worth it to Microsoft to shore-up this version. What's not quite clear is whether this affects the grotesque UWP version of Skype or just the old desktop version."

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Source: The Inquirer

February 13, 2018 | 03:43 PM - Posted by odizzido2 (not verified)

Skype was bad before MS purchased it, and they somehow made it worse. I dropped it a few months ago because I just couldn't take it anymore.

February 13, 2018 | 04:24 PM - Posted by WhatsNewThereWithRedmondsHandsInvolved (not verified)

That's Microsoft's Burning-Platform(TM) for ya! At M$ we don't improve platforms we incinerate platforms!

February 14, 2018 | 01:12 PM - Posted by buttonpuncher (not verified)

Ever since version 8.xx, Skype has been a flaming pile. The new single windows view is a massive downgrade from separate chat windows. But, HEY, it's easier for them to program so suck it consumer.

Just my $0.02.

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