Remote code execution in WhatsApp

Published: 2019-05-14
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2019-3568
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
WhatsApp Messenger for Android
Mobile applications / Apps for mobile phones

Vendor WhatsApp

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU18437

Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-3568

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Memory corruption

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error within the WhatsApp VOIP stack when processing SRTCP packets. A remote attacker can send a series of specially crafted SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number, trigger buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target device.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.


The vulnerability affects the following software:
  • WhatsApp for Android: versions prior to 2.19.134
  • WhatsApp Business for Android: versions prior to 2.19.44
  • WhatsApp for iOS: versions prior to 2.19.51
  • WhatsApp Business for iOS: versions prior to 2.19.51
  • WhatsApp for Windows Phone: versions prior to prior to 2.18.348
  • WhatsApp for Tizen: versions prior to v2.18.15

To fix the vulnerability, install the latest software version.

Vulnerable software versions

WhatsApp Messenger for Android: All versions

CPE2.3 External links

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