Fortinet Discovers Google Android Mediaserver Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in Google Andriod Mediaserver.
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Mediaserver is provided as a core part of the operating system with access to video and audio streams. It is often used to render remotely-supplied multimedia content. There are multiple applications that allow it to be reached with remote content, most notably MMS and browser playback of media.
A remote code execution vulnerability has been discovered in Andriod Mediaserver. It could enable an attacker using a specially crafted file to cause memory corruption during media file and data processing.
SolutionsFortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:
Released Jun 29, 2016
Users should apply the solution provided by Google.
Google rated this vulnerability as Critical due to the possibility of remote code execution within the context of the Mediaserver process. The Mediaserver process has access to audio and video streams, as well as access to privileges that third-party apps could not normally access.
This vulnerability was discovered by Kai Lu of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.