Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2016-069
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Chrome, which could result in arbitrary code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted web page. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, obtain sensitive information, bypass security restrictions, or cause denial-of-service conditions.

Systems Affected: 
  • Google Chrome prior to version 50.0.2661.75
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 Chrome. These vulnerabilities can be triggered by a user visiting a specially crafted web page. Details of these vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • A cross site scripting vulnerability exists in extension bindings. (CVE-2016-1652)       
  • A security vulnerability exists due to an out-of-bounds write error in V8. (CVE-2016-1653)          
  • A security vulnerability exists due to an out-of-bounds read error in Pdfium JPEG2000 decoding. (CVE-2016-1651) 
  • A security vulnerability exists due to an uninitialized memory read in Media. (CVE-2016-1654)           
  • A use-after-free vulnerability exists due to an error in Extensions. (CVE-2016-1655)           
  • A security-bypass vulnerability exists in the Android downloaded file path restriction. (CVE-2016-1656) 
  • A security vulnerability exists due to address bar spoofing. (CVE-2016-1657) 
  • An information-disclosure vulnerability exists in the Extensions. (CVE-2016-1658) 

Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, obtain sensitive information, bypass security restrictions, or cause denial-of-service conditions.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, apply applicable patches provided by Google to vulnerable systems.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.