Google releases June 2016 Android Security Bulletin and Nexus Images

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Google has released the June 2016 Android Security Bulletin. Partners have had access to the warnings in this month’s bulletin since May 2 or earlier.

Alongside the bulletin, Google have released a security update to Nexus devices through an over-the-air (OTA) update. The Nexus firmware images have also been released to the Google Developer site. Source code patches for these issues will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next 48 hours.

The table below contains a list of security vulnerabilities, the Common Vulnerability and Exposures ID (CVE), their assessed severity and whether or not Nexus devices are affected.

The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device, assuming the platform and service mitigations are disabled for development purposes or successfully bypassed.
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IssueCVESeverityAffects Nexus?
Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in MediaserverCVE-2016-2463CriticalYes
Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities in libwebmCVE-2016-2464CriticalYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Video DriverCVE-2016-2465CriticalYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Sound DriverCVE-2016-2466
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm GPU DriverCVE-2016-2468
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Wi-Fi DriverCVE-2016-2474CriticalYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi DriverCVE-2016-2475HighYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Sound DriverCVE-2016-2066
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in MediaserverCVE-2016-2476
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Camera DriverCVE-2016-2061
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Video DriverCVE-2016-2489HighYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in NVIDIA Camera DriverCVE-2016-2490
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Qualcomm Wi-Fi DriverCVE-2016-2470
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in MediaTek Power Management DriverCVE-2016-2492HighYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in SD Card Emulation LayerCVE-2016-2494HighYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi DriverCVE-2016-2493HighYes
Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability in MediaserverCVE-2016-2495HighYes
Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Framework UICVE-2016-2496ModerateYes
Information Disclosure Vulnerability in Qualcomm Wi-Fi DriverCVE-2016-2498ModerateYes
Information Disclosure Vulnerability in MediaserverCVE-2016-2499ModerateYes
Information Disclosure Vulnerability in Activity ManagerCVE-2016-2500ModerateYes


Android and Google Service Mitigations

This is a summary of the mitigations provided by the Android security platform and service protections such as SafetyNet. These capabilities reduce the likelihood that security vulnerabilities could be successfully exploited on Android.

  • Exploitation for many issues on Android is made more difficult by enhancements in newer versions of the Android platform. We encourage all users to update to the latest version of Android where possible.
  • The Android Security team actively monitors for abuse with Verify Apps and SafetyNet, which are designed to warn users about Potentially Harmful Applications. Verify Apps is enabled by default on devices with Google Mobile Services, and is especially important for users who install applications from outside of Google Play. Device rooting tools are prohibited within Google Play, but Verify Apps warns users when they attempt to install a detected rooting application—no matter where it comes from. Additionally, Verify Apps attempts to identify and block installation of known malicious applications that exploit a privilege escalation vulnerability. If such an application has already been installed, Verify Apps will notify the user and attempt to remove the detected application.
  • As appropriate, Google Hangouts and Messenger applications do not automatically pass media to processes such as Mediaserver.

Full details of the June 2016 Android Security Bulletin is available here.

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