CVE Vulnerabilities


Out-of-bounds Read

Published: Jun 11, 2020 | Modified: Jul 06, 2020
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x
6.5 LOW

In exif_entry_get_value of exif-entry.c, there is a possible out of bounds read due to a missing bounds check. This could lead to local information disclosure with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation.Product: AndroidVersions: Android-10Android ID: A-147140917


The software reads data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Android Google 10.0 10.0
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 RedHat libexif-0:0.6.22-1.el7 *
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 RedHat libexif-0:0.6.22-4.el8 *
Libexif Ubuntu bionic *
Libexif Ubuntu eoan *
Libexif Ubuntu esm-infra/xenial *
Libexif Ubuntu focal *
Libexif Ubuntu precise/esm *
Libexif Ubuntu trusty *
Libexif Ubuntu trusty/esm *
Libexif Ubuntu upstream *
Libexif Ubuntu xenial *

Potential Mitigations

  • Assume all input is malicious. Use an “accept known good” input validation strategy, i.e., use a list of acceptable inputs that strictly conform to specifications. Reject any input that does not strictly conform to specifications, or transform it into something that does.
  • When performing input validation, consider all potentially relevant properties, including length, type of input, the full range of acceptable values, missing or extra inputs, syntax, consistency across related fields, and conformance to business rules. As an example of business rule logic, “boat” may be syntactically valid because it only contains alphanumeric characters, but it is not valid if the input is only expected to contain colors such as “red” or “blue.”
  • Do not rely exclusively on looking for malicious or malformed inputs. This is likely to miss at least one undesirable input, especially if the code’s environment changes. This can give attackers enough room to bypass the intended validation. However, denylists can be useful for detecting potential attacks or determining which inputs are so malformed that they should be rejected outright.
  • To reduce the likelihood of introducing an out-of-bounds read, ensure that you validate and ensure correct calculations for any length argument, buffer size calculation, or offset. Be especially careful of relying on a sentinel (i.e. special character such as NUL) in untrusted inputs.