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11/18/2019
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Facebook Discloses WhatsApp MP4 Video Vulnerability

A stack-based buffer overflow bug can be exploited by sending a specially crafted video file to a WhatsApp user.

A severe vulnerability in the WhatsApp messenger could enable attackers to achieve remote code execution by sending target users a specially crafted MP4 video file, Facebook reports.

The stack-based buffer overflow bug (CVE-2019-11931) exists in the way WhatsApp parses the elementary stream metadata of MP4 files. If successfully exploited, it could result in a denial-of-service or remote code execution attack, the company said in a disclosure. Users can update to a patched version of the software. It's unclear whether the flaw has been exploited in the wild.

This vulnerability affects a range of corporate and consumer devices. Affected versions include:

  • Android versions prior to 2.19.274
  • Business for Android versions prior to 2.19.104
  • iOS versions prior to 2.19.100
  • Business for iOS versions prior to 2.19.100
  • Enterprise Client versions prior to 2.25.3
  • Windows Phone versions before and including 2.18.368

Read more details here.

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