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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2018-5843

Severity High
Score 7.8/10

Summary

In the function wma_pdev_div_info_evt_handler() in all Android releases from CAF (Android for MSM, Firefox OS for MSM, QRD Android) using the Linux Kernel, there is no upper bound check on the value event->num_chains_valid received from firmware which can lead to a buffer overwrite of the fixed size chain_rssi_result structure.

  • LOW
  • LOCAL
  • HIGH
  • UNCHANGED
  • NONE
  • LOW
  • HIGH
  • HIGH

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.

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  • Published