Google Announces Multiple Vulnerabilities In Android OS

Google Announces Multiple Vulnerabilities In Android OS

A cybersecurity alert was issued yesterday, Monday, July 1, 2019, regarding multiple vulnerabilities in Google Android Operating System (OS). This vulnerability could allow for arbitrary code execution, which could potentially lead to a breach. This alert affects mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, and watches. Updates are now available.

What It Is:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Google Android 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.

Read the original Android Security Bulletin.

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 July 5, 2019.

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

What It Means:
If you and/or your business utilize products employing Google Android OS, you will need to install the appropriate update(s) following proper testing.

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:

• An arbitrary code vulnerability in System. (CVE-2019-2111)
• An information disclosure vulnerability in Framework. (CVE-2019-2104)
• Multiple arbitrary code vulnerabilities in Library. (CVE-2019-2105)
• Multiple arbitrary code vulnerabilities in Media framework. (CVE-2019-2106, CVE-2019-2107, CVE-2019-2109)
• Multiple elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2019-2112, CVE-2019-2113)
• Multiple information disclosure vulnerabilities in System. (CVE-2019-2116, CVE-2019-2117, CVE-2019-2118, CVE-2019-2119)
• Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm closed-source components. (CVE-2019-2235, CVE-2019-2236, CVE-2019-2237, CVE-2019-2238, CVE-2019-2239, CVE-2019-2240, CVE-2019-2241, CVE-2019-2253, CVE-2019-2254, CVE-2019-2322, CVE-2019-2327, CVE-2019-2334, CVE-2019-2346)
• Multiple vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components. (CVE-2019-2276, CVE-2019-2278, CVE-2019-2305, CVE-2019-2307, CVE-2019-2308, CVE-2019-2330, CVE-2019-2326, CVE-2019-2328)

What To Do:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

• Apply appropriate updates 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 untrusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
• Inform and educate users regarding threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments, especially from untrusted sources.

Negative Consequences of Lost or Stolen Data:
The loss or theft of proprietary data can have severe impacts, particularly if the compromise becomes public and sensitive information is exposed. Possible impacts include:

• Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information.
• Disruption to regular operations.
• Financial losses incurred to restore systems and files.
• Potential harm to an organization’s reputation.

Should your agency or business need assistance with issues arising from vulnerabilities in Google Android OS including updates and/or patches, Dox can help. Please contact Dox if there is anything we can do to assist in securing your agency, business, or organization.

Thank you for your time and stay safe online.