CVE Vulnerabilities


Improper Access Control

Published: Jan 12, 2017 | Modified: Jan 19, 2017
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x
2.1 LOW

An elevation of privilege vulnerability in Smart Lock could enable a local malicious user to access Smart Lock settings without a PIN. This issue is rated as Moderate because it first requires physical access to an unlocked device where Smart Lock was the last settings pane accessed by the user. Product: Android. Versions: 5.0.2, 5.1.1, 6.0, 6.0.1. Android ID: A-29055171.


The product does not restrict or incorrectly restricts access to a resource from an unauthorized actor.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Android Google 5.0 5.0
Android Google 5.0.1 5.0.1
Android Google 5.0.2 5.0.2
Android Google 5.1 5.1
Android Google 5.1.0 5.1.0
Android Google 5.1.1 5.1.1
Android Google 6.0 6.0
Android Google 6.0.1 6.0.1

Extended Description

Access control involves the use of several protection mechanisms such as:

When any mechanism is not applied or otherwise fails, attackers can compromise the security of the product by gaining privileges, reading sensitive information, executing commands, evading detection, etc. There are two distinct behaviors that can introduce access control weaknesses:

Potential Mitigations

  • Compartmentalize the system to have “safe” areas where trust boundaries can be unambiguously drawn. Do not allow sensitive data to go outside of the trust boundary and always be careful when interfacing with a compartment outside of the safe area.
  • Ensure that appropriate compartmentalization is built into the system design, and the compartmentalization allows for and reinforces privilege separation functionality. Architects and designers should rely on the principle of least privilege to decide the appropriate time to use privileges and the time to drop privileges.