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

ITS Advisory Number: 
2018-121
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, December 4, 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.

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 December 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:

  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in Framework. (CVE-2018-9547)
  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in HTC components. (CVE-2018-9567)
  • An elevation of privilege vulnerability in Media framework. (CVE-2018-9538)
  • An information disclosure vulnerability in Framework. (CVE-2018-9548)
  • Multiple arbitrary code execution in Media framework. (CVE-2018-9549, CVE-2018-9550, CVE-2018-9551, CVE-2018-9553)
  • Multiple arbitrary code execution in System. (CVE-2018-9555, CVE-2018-9556)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in Kernel components. (CVE-2018-10840, CVE-2018-9568)
  • Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2018-9557, CVE-2018-9558, CVE-2018-9559, CVE-2018-9560)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2018-9552, CVE-2018-9554)
  • Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2018-9562, CVE-2018-9565, CVE-2018-9566)
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm closed-source components. (CVE-2017-11004, CVE-2017-18141, CVE-2017-18160, CVE-2017-18319, CVE-2017-18320, CVE-2017-18321, CVE-2017-18322, CVE-2017-18323, CVE-2017-18324, CVE-2017-18326, CVE-2017-18327, CVE-2017-18328, CVE-2017-18329, CVE-2017-18330, CVE-2017-18331, CVE-2017-18332, CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-8248, CVE-2017-8276, CVE-2018-11267, CVE-2018-11279, CVE-2018-11922, CVE-2018-11999, CVE-2018-3595, CVE-2018-5867, CVE-2018-5868, CVE-2018-5869, CVE-2018-5913, CVE-2018-5915)
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2018-11960, CVE-2018-11961, CVE-2018-11963)

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 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:

http://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2018-12-01.html

CVE:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-5754

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-8248

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-8276

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-11004

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18141

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18160

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18319

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18320

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18321

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18322

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18323

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18324

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18326

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18327

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18328

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18329

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18330

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18331

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2017-18332

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-3595

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5867

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5868

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5869

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5913

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-5915

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9538

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9547

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9548

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9549

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9550

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9551

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9552

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9553

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9554

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9555

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9556

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9557

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9558

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9559

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9560

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9562

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9566

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9566

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9567

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-9568

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-10840

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11267

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11279

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11922

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11960

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11961

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11963

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2018-11999