Microsoft won’t patch critical flaw in Skype but will launch new version instead, alleges researcher

Instead of immediately fixing a critical vulnerability in its Skype application, Microsoft has decided to wait and include a possible fix in a new version of Skype which the company may launch in the near future, a researcher has alleged.

A critical vulnerability in Skype's update installer allows a hacker to exploit it to gain full control of a device and to install additional malware on the compromised device.

Security researcher Stefan Kanthak recently discovered a "system-level" security vulnerability in Microsoft's Skype application that allowed a hacker to gain full control of a computer and to use his/her access to either steal or monitor user data or to install additional malware.