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

ITS Advisory Number: 
2018-024
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Android OS Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the 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 remote 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.

Systems Affected: 
  • Android OS builds utilizing Security Patch Levels issued prior to March 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 arbitrary code execution within the context of a privileged process. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Kernel components. (CVE-2017-16525, CVE-2017-16530)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in Kernel components. (CVE-2017-16529, CVE-2017-16531, CVE-2017-16533, CVE-2017-16535)
  • Multiple arbitrary code vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2017-13248, CVE-2017-13249, CVE-2017-13250)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2017-13251, CVE-2017-13252, CVE-2017-13253)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in NVIDIA components. (CVE-2017-6281, CVE-2017-6286)
  • A vulnerability in Qualcomm closed-source components. (CVE-2017-17773, CVE-2016-10393)
  • A denial of service vulnerability in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-14878)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-14882, CVE-2017-18069)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-14885, CVE-2017-15821, CVE-2017-18056, CVE-2017-18063, CVE-2017-18064, CVE-2017-18068)
  • Multiple arbitrary code vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2017-15815, CVE-2017-18067)
  • Multiple arbitrary code vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2017-13255, CVE-2017-13256, CVE-2017-13266, CVE-2017-13272)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2017-13257, CVE-2017-13258, CVE-2017-13259, CVE-2017-13260, CVE-2017-13261, CVE-2017-13262)

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.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply updates provided by Google Android or mobile carriers to vulnerable systems.
  • 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/2018-03-01

CVE:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-10393

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6281

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-6286

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13248

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13249

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13250

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13251

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13252

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13253

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13255

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13256

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13257

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13258

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13259

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13260

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13261

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13262

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13266

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-13272

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14878

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14882

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-14885

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-15815

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-15821

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16525

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16529

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16530

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16531

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16533

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-16535

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-17773

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18056

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18063

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18064

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18067

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18068

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18069