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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Android OS Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:

2017-119

DATE(S) ISSUED:

12/04/2017

OVERVIEW:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Android operating system (OS), the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Android is an operating system developed by Google for mobile devices, including, but not limited to, smartphones, tablets, and watches. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution within the context of a privileged process. Depending on the privileges associated with this application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild

RISK:

Government:
  • Large and medium government entities: HIGH
  • Small government entities: HIGH
Businesses:
  • Large and medium business entities: HIGH
  • Small business entities: HIGH
Home Users:
HIGH

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Android OS, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution within the context of a privileged process. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Framework. (CVE-2017-0807, CVE-2017-0870, CVE-2017-0871)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Kernel components. (CVE-2017-0564, CVE-2017-13162, CVE-2017-13174, CVE-2017-7533)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2017-0837, CVE-2017-13153)
  • Multiple arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2017-0872, CVE-2017-0876, CVE-2017-0877, CVE-2017-0878, CVE-2017-13151)
  • Multiple denial of service vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2017-0873, CVE-2017-0874, CVE-2017-0880, CVE-2017-13148)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in MediaTek components. (CVE-2017-13170, CVE-2017-13171, CVE-2017-13173)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in NVIDIA components. (CVE-2017-6262, CVE-2017-6263, CVE-2017-6276)
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm closed-source components. (CVE-2017-11005, CVE-2017-14908, CVE-2017-14909, CVE-2017-14914, CVE-2017-14916, CVE-2017-14917, CVE-2017-14918, CVE-2017-6211)
  • Multiple arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2016-3706, CVE-2016-4429, CVE-2017-11043)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-11007, CVE-2017-14895, CVE-2017-14897, CVE-2017-14902, CVE-2017-14904, CVE-2017-9716)
  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in System. (CVE-2017-13156)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2017-13157, CVE-2017-13158, CVE-2017-13159)
  • An arbitrary code execution vulnerability in System. (CVE-2017-13160)

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution in the context of a privileged process. These vulnerabilities could be exploited through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

RECOMENDATIONS:

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Apply appropriate updates provided by Google Android or mobile carriers to vulnerable systems, immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Remind users to only download applications from trusted vendors in the Play Store.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments, especially from un-trusted sources.

REFERENCES:

CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-3706 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4429 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0564 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0807 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0837 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0870 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0871 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0872 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0873 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0874 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0876 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0877 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0878 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-0880 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6211 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6262 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6263 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6276 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-7533 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-9716 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-11005 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-11007 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-11043 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13148 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13151 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13153 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13156 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13157 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13158 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13159 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13160 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13162 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13170 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13171 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13173 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13174 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14895 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14897 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14902 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14904 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14908 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14909 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14914 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14916 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14917 http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14918

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