Zero-day vulnerability in WhatsApp Messenger for Android

Buffer overflow

The vulnerability was used in a targeted attack against a limited number of people. First vulnerability exploitation was detected on May 12 2019. The attackers targeted a phone of a UK-based human rights lawyer to install spyware.

Known malware:


Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2019051401 - Remote code execution in WhatsApp

Vulnerable component: WhatsApp Messenger for Android

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-3568

CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Memory corruption


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.