Spoofing attack in Telegram

Published: 2020-05-05
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-12474
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Telegram Desktop for Windows
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Telegram for Android
Mobile applications / Apps for mobile phones

Telegram for iOS
Mobile applications / Apps for mobile phones

Vendor Telegram

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Spoofing attack

EUVDB-ID: #VU27540

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 5.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-12474

CWE-ID: CWE-451 - User Interface (UI) Misrepresentation of Critical Information (Clickjacking, spoofing)

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform spoofing attack.

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect processing of user-supplied data passed via a public URL or a group chat invitation URL. A remote attacker can perform an IDN Homograph attack via Punycode.


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Vulnerable software versions

Telegram Desktop for Windows: 1.0.0 - 2.0.1

Telegram for Android: 5.8.0 - 6.0.1_1911

Telegram for iOS: 5.1 - 6.0.1

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.