Published on October 6, 2021

Lack of boundary checking of a buffer in set_skb_priv() of modem interface driver prior to SMR Oct-2021 Release 1 allows OOB read and it results in arbitrary code execution by dereference of invalid function pointer.

Vendor Advisory NVD

Known Exploited Vulnerability

This Samsung Mobile Devices Out-of-Bounds Read Vulnerability is part of CISA's list of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities. Samsung mobile devices contain an out-of-bounds read vulnerability within the modem interface driver due to a lack of boundary checking of a buffer in set_skb_priv(), leading to remote code execution by dereference of an invalid function pointer.

The following remediation steps are recommended / required by July 20, 2023: Apply updates per vendor instructions or discontinue use of the product if updates are unavailable

Vulnerability Analysis

CVE-2021-25487 can be exploited with local system access, and requires small amount of user privileges. This vulnerability is considered to have a low attack complexity. It has an exploitability score of 1.8 out of four. The potential impact of an exploit of this vulnerability is considered to be very high.

Out-of-bounds Read

The software reads data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer. Typically, this can allow attackers to read sensitive information from other memory locations or cause a crash. A crash can occur when the code reads a variable amount of data and assumes that a sentinel exists to stop the read operation, such as a NUL in a string. The expected sentinel might not be located in the out-of-bounds memory, causing excessive data to be read, leading to a segmentation fault or a buffer overflow. The software may modify an index or perform pointer arithmetic that references a memory location that is outside of the boundaries of the buffer. A subsequent read operation then produces undefined or unexpected results.

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