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

ITS Advisory Number: 
2018-087
Date(s) Issued: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Android OS Could Allow for Remote Code Execution
Overview: 
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Google Android operating system (OS), the most severe of which could allow for remote 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 remote code execution within the context of a privileged process. 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. THREAT INTELLIGENCE: There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.
Systems Affected: 
  • Android OS builds utilizing Security Patch Levels issued prior to September 5, 2018.
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

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

 

  • An remote code vulnerability in Android Runtime. (CVE-2018-9466)
  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in Android Runtime. (CVE-2018-9467)
  • An information disclosure vulnerability in Framework. (CVE-2018-9468)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Framework. (CVE-2018-9469, CVE-2018-9470, CVE-2018-9471)
  • An information disclosure vulnerability in Kernel components. (CVE-2017-5754)
  • An remote code vulnerability in Library. (CVE-2018-9472)
  • Multiple remote code vulnerabilities in Media Framework. (CVE-2018-9411, CVE-2018-9427)
  • A denial of service vulnerability in Media Framework. (CVE-2018-9440)
  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in Media Framework. (CVE-2018-9474)
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm closed-source components. (CVE-2016-10394, CVE-2016-10408, CVE-2017-18124, CVE-2017-18311, CVE-2017-18312, CVE-2017-18313, CVE-2017-18314, CVE-2018-11285, CVE-2018-11287, CVE-2018-11288, CVE-2018-11290, CVE-2018-11292, CVE-2018-11824, CVE-2018-11846, CVE-2018-11855, CVE-2018-11857, CVE-2018-11858, CVE-2018-11865, CVE-2018-11866, CVE-2018-11950, CVE-2018-11951, CVE-2018-11952, CVE-2018-3588, CVE-2018-5866, CVE-2018-5871, CVE-2018-5914)
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-15825, CVE-2018-11261, CVE-2018-11270, CVE-2018-11816, CVE-2018-11836, CVE-2018-11842, CVE-2018-11898)
  • Multiple denial of service vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2018-9456, CVE-2018-9487)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2018-9475, CVE-2018-9477, CVE-2018-9478, CVE-2018-9479, CVE-2018-9488)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2018-9480, CVE-2018-9481, CVE-2018-9482, CVE-2018-9483, CVE-2018-9484, CVE-2018-9485, CVE-2018-9486)

 

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow for remote 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.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply updates by Google Android or mobile carriers to vulnerable systems, when they become available.

  • 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: 

Google Android:
https://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2018-09-01

CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-10394
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-10408
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-5754
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-15825
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18124
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18311
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18312
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18313
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18314
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-3588
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5866
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5871
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5914
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9411
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9427
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9440
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9456
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9466
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9467
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9468
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9469
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9470
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9471
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9472
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9474
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9475
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9477
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9478
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9479
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9480
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9481
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9482
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9483
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9484
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9485
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9486
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9487
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9488
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11261
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11270
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11285
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11287
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11288
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11290
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11292
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11816
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11824
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11836
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11842
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11846
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11855
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11857
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11858
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11865
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11866
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11898
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11950
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11951
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11952