Vulnerabilities / Threats

1/19/2018
12:00 PM
100%
0%

Google Pays Researcher Record $112,500 for Android Flaw

The bug bounty reward, given to a researcher who submitted a working remote exploit chain, is Google's highest for an Android bug.

Google has awarded its highest-ever bug bounty for an Android flaw, the company announced this week. The $112,500 reward was paid to a researcher who submitted the first working remote exploit chain since the Android Security Rewards (ASR) program expanded in June 2017.

Guang Gong, from the Alpha Team at Qihoo 360 Technology, submitted his report in August. The exploit chain he found includes two bugs: CVE-2017-5116 and CVE-2017-14904. The first is a V8 engine bug used to get remote code execution in the sandboxed Chrome render process. The second, a bug in Android's libgralloc module, is used to escape from Chrome's sandbox.

Together, the exploit chain can be used to inject arbitrary code into system_server by accessing a malicious URL in Chrome. Gong's findings earned him $105,000 from ASR, the highest reward in the history of the program. He was also given $7,500 from the Chrome Rewards program.

The full set of issues Gong discovered was addressed in the December 2017 monthly security update, and all devices with security patches of 2017-12-05 or later are protected. Pixel devices and partner devices using A/B updates will automatically install the fixes when restarted.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
MariaColeman
50%
50%
MariaColeman,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/23/2018 | 11:55:15 AM
Why so much?
But for what? I can't understand( 
New Bluetooth Hack Affects Millions of Vehicles
Dark Reading Staff 11/16/2018
Understanding Evil Twin AP Attacks and How to Prevent Them
Ryan Orsi, Director of Product Management for Wi-Fi at WatchGuard Technologies,  11/14/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-19406
PUBLISHED: 2018-11-21
kvm_pv_send_ipi in arch/x86/kvm/lapic.c in the Linux kernel through 4.19.2 allows local users to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and BUG) via crafted system calls that reach a situation where the apic map is uninitialized.
CVE-2018-19407
PUBLISHED: 2018-11-21
The vcpu_scan_ioapic function in arch/x86/kvm/x86.c in the Linux kernel through 4.19.2 allows local users to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and BUG) via crafted system calls that reach a situation where ioapic is uninitialized.
CVE-2018-19404
PUBLISHED: 2018-11-21
In YXcms 1.4.7, protected/apps/appmanage/controller/indexController.php allow remote authenticated Administrators to execute any PHP code by creating a ZIP archive containing a config.php file, hosting the .zip file at an external URL, and visiting index.php?r=appmanage/index/onlineinstall&url= ...
CVE-2018-19387
PUBLISHED: 2018-11-20
format_cb_pane_tabs in format.c in tmux 2.7 through 2.8 might allow attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL Pointer Dereference and application crash) by arranging for a malloc failure.
CVE-2018-19388
PUBLISHED: 2018-11-20
FoxitReader.exe in Foxit Reader 9.3.0.10826 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read, access violation, and application crash) via TIFF data because of a ConvertToPDF_x86!ReleaseFXURLToHtml issue.