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Clever LG Droid Bug Can Attack You Through Birthday Notifications

'SNAP' vulnerability affects Smart Notice application pre-installed on every new LG device.

Bugsec and Cynet researchers have discovered a vulnerability in LG Android phones' pre-installed notification application that allows an attacker to run arbitrary JavaScript code on the devices.

The "SNAP" bug, as researchers have dubbed it, takes advantage of the fact that the Smart Notice app doesn't validate the information it presents to the user. Via the birthday notification or callback reminder functions, researchers were able to add a new contact to the device's contact list -- a malicious contact, with a script embedded.

Using this method, researchers say they could lift data, force the user to malicious websites, or make the phone "go crazy," getting it stuck in an infinite loop until a hard reset. See the research teams' demo for more.

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1/31/2016 | 6:16:19 PM
Re: Cynet Paper and Demo Worth the Viewing
Very good point. If your company has a BYOD policy you are going to want to analyze the risk and if you have any MDM policies/containers in place you are going to want to segment them from any critical data you may have.
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1/31/2016 | 6:13:40 PM
Uninstalling
Is this on the roadmap to patch? And if not what is the ease of being able to uninstall?
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1/29/2016 | 10:11:51 PM
Cynet Paper and Demo Worth the Viewing
I took time to watch the demo and read the analysis by Cynet.  With so many vectors possible in this exploit it's not only worth further analysis, but also something the Enterprise needs to review in light of the ubiquitous BYOD.
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