[CVE-2019-11419] DoS Wechat with an emoji

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This DoS bug was reported to Tencent, but they decided not to fix because it’s not critical. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Program has assigned the ID CVE-2019-11419 to this issue.


vcodec2_hls_filter in libvoipCodec_v7a.so in WeChat application for Android results in a DoS by replacing an emoji file (under the /sdcard/tencent/MicroMsg directory) with a crafted .wxgf file. Crash-log is provided in poc.zip file at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HFQtbD10awuUicdWoq3dKVKfv0wvxOKS

Vulnerability Type:

Denial of Service

Vendor of Product:


Affected Product Code Base:

WeChat for Android - Up to latest version (7.0.3)

Affected Component:

Function vcodec2_hls_filter in libvoipCodec_v7a.so

Attack Type:


Attack vector:

An malware app can crafts a malicious emoji file and overwrites the emoji files under /sdcard/tencent/MicroMsg/[User_ID]/emoji/[WXGF_ID]. Once the user opens any chat messages that contain an emoji, WeChat will instantly crash.


Video at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x1Z3hm4j8f4rhv_WUp4gW-bhdtZMezdU

  • User must have sent or received a GIF file in WeChat
  • Malware app must retrieve the phone’s IMEI. For POC, we can use the below command
    adb shell service call iphonesubinfo 1 | awk -F "'" '{print $2}' | sed '1 d' | tr -d '.' | awk '{print}' ORS=- 
  • Produce the malicious emoji file with the retrieved IMEI (use encrypt_wxgf.py in poc.zip):
    python encrypt.py crash4.wxgf [SIZE_OF_EMOJI_ON_SDCARD]
  • Replace /sdcard/tencent/MicroMsg/[User_ID]/emoji/[WXGF_ID] with the padded out.wxgf.encrypted
  • WeChat will crash now if a message that contains the overwritten emoji file



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