Google releases March 2017 Android Security Bulletin and Google Device Images

Rapid John
Posted on March 06, 2017, 11:01 pm
10 mins

Google has released the March 2017 Android Security Bulletin. Partners have had access to the warnings in this month’s bulletin since February 06, 2017 or earlier.

The March bulletin has two security patch levels to provide Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices.

  • 2017-03-01: Partial security patch level string. This security patch level string indicates that all issues associated with 2017-03-01 (and all previous security patch level strings) are addressed.
  • 2017-03-05: Complete security patch level string. This security patch level string indicates that all issues associated with 2017-03-01 and 2017-03-05 (and all previous security patch level strings) are addressed

Supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the March 05, 2017 security patch level

The most severe of these issues is a Critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.

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Alongside the bulletin, Google have released a security update to Google devices through an over-the-air (OTA) update. The Google device firmware images have also been released to the Google Developer site. Security patch levels of March 05, 2017 or later address all of these issues.

The tables below contains a list of security vulnerabilities, the Common Vulnerability and Exposures ID (CVE), the assessed severity, and whether or not Google 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 if successfully bypassed.

Security patch levels of 2017-03-01 or later must address the following issues.
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Issue CVE Severity Affects Google devices?
Remote code execution vulnerability in OpenSSL & BoringSSL CVE-2016-2182 Critical Yes
Remote code execution vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0466, CVE-2017-0467, CVE-2017-0468, CVE-2017-0469, CVE-2017-0470, CVE-2017-0471, CVE-2017-0472, CVE-2017-0473, CVE-2017-0474 Critical Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in recovery verifier CVE-2017-0475 Critical Yes
Remote code execution vulnerability in AOSP Messaging CVE-2017-0476 High Yes
Remote code execution vulnerability in libgdx CVE-2017-0477 High Yes
Remote code execution vulnerability in Framesequence library CVE-2017-0478 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Audioserver CVE-2017-0479, CVE-2017-0480 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in NFC CVE-2017-0481 High Yes
Denial of service vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0482, CVE-2017-0483, CVE-2017-0484, CVE-2017-0485, CVE-2017-0486, CVE-2017-0487, CVE-2017-0488 High Yes
Update: Denial of service vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0390 High Yes
Update: Denial of service vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0392 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Location Manager CVE-2017-0489 Moderate Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Wi-Fi CVE-2017-0490 Moderate Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Package Manager CVE-2017-0491 Moderate Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in System UI CVE-2017-0492 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in AOSP Messaging CVE-2017-0494 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0495 Moderate Yes
Denial of service vulnerability in Setup Wizard CVE-2017-0496 Moderate Yes
Denial of service vulnerability in Mediaserver CVE-2017-0497 Moderate Yes
Denial of service vulnerability in Setup Wizard CVE-2017-0498 Moderate No*
Denial of service vulnerability in Audioserver CVE-2017-0499 Low Yes

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Security patch levels of 2017-03-05 or later must address all of the 2017-01-01 issues, as well as the following issues.
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Issue CVE Severity Affects Google devices?
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in MediaTek components CVE-2017-0500, CVE-2017-0501, CVE-2017-0502, CVE-2017-0503, CVE-2017-0504, CVE-2017-0505, CVE-2017-0506 Critical No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in NVIDIA GPU driver CVE-2017-0337, CVE-2017-0338, CVE-2017-0333, CVE-2017-0306, CVE-2017-0335 Critical Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel ION subsystem CVE-2017-0507, CVE-2017-0508 Critical Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi driver CVE-2017-0509 Critical No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel FIQ debugger CVE-2017-0510 Critical Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm GPU driver CVE-2016-8479 Critical Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel networking subsystem CVE-2016-9806, CVE-2016-10200 Critical Yes
Vulnerabilities in Qualcomm components CVE-2016-8484, CVE-2016-8485, CVE-2016-8486, CVE-2016-8487, CVE-2016-8488 Critical No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel networking subsystem CVE-2016-8655, CVE-2016-9793 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm input hardware driver CVE-2017-0516 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in MediaTek Hardware Sensor Driver CVE-2017-0517 High No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm ADSPRPC driver CVE-2017-0457 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm fingerprint sensor driver CVE-2017-0518, CVE-2017-0519 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm crypto engine driver CVE-2017-0520 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm camera driver CVE-2017-0458, CVE-2017-0521 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in MediaTek APK CVE-2017-0522 High No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm Wi-Fi driver CVE-2017-0464, CVE-2017-0453, CVE-2017-0523 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Synaptics touchscreen driver CVE-2017-0524 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm IPA driver CVE-2017-0456, CVE-2017-0525 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in HTC Sensor Hub Driver CVE-2017-0526, CVE-2017-0527 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in NVIDIA GPU driver CVE-2017-0307 High No*
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm networking driver CVE-2017-0463, CVE-2017-0460 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel security subsystem CVE-2017-0528 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm SPCom driver CVE-2016-5856, CVE-2016-5857 High No*
Information disclosure vulnerability in kernel networking subsystem CVE-2014-8709 High Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in MediaTek driver CVE-2017-0529 High No*
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm bootloader CVE-2017-0455 High Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm power driver CVE-2016-8483 High Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in NVIDIA GPU driver CVE-2017-0334, CVE-2017-0336 High Yes
Denial of service vulnerability in kernel cryptographic subsystem CVE-2016-8650 High Yes
Elevation of privilege vulnerability in Qualcomm camera driver (device specific) CVE-2016-8417 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm Wi-Fi driver CVE-2017-0461, CVE-2017-0459, CVE-2017-0531 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in MediaTek video codec driver CVE-2017-0532 Moderate No*
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm video driver CVE-2017-0533, CVE-2017-0534, CVE-2016-8416, CVE-2016-8478 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm camera driver CVE-2016-8413, CVE-2016-8477 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in HTC sound codec driver CVE-2017-0535 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Synaptics touchscreen driver CVE-2017-0536 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in kernel USB gadget driver CVE-2017-0537 Moderate Yes
Information disclosure vulnerability in Qualcomm camera driver CVE-2017-0452 Low Yes

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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 March 2017 Android Security Bulletin is available here.

Rapid John
Rapid John has a quarter of a century in programming for Government and Corporate bodies and is proficient in most major programming languages.  He is constantly running around showing us his latest bit of code and telling us how fantastic it is. (John we know). He is responsible for carrying out presentations to corporate and business customers and is a BlackBerry Elite.