Critical MediaTek Vulnerability Patched by Google [CVE-2020-0069]

While performing an analysis on Amazon Fire tablets, members of XDA Developers discovered the vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-0069.

This vulnerability has been open since April 2019 and has now been used in attack campaigns. Even though MediaTek released a patch, attackers continue to exploit the vulnerability by installing a malicious application on devices. All devices with the MediaTek 64-bit chipsets are vulnerable, including Motorola, OPPO, Sony, Alcatel, Amazon, ASUS, Blackview, Realme, Xiaomi, as well as others.

The execution of the vulnerability is accomplished through a script shared to give users superuser access. This also allowed attackers root access.

Google issued a patch as part of the March 2020 Android Security bulletin along with a separate critical bug, CVE-2020-0032 that would allow execution of arbitrary code as a privileged user. This vulnerability supplements CVE-2019-2215 and its link to SideWinder APT Group.


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Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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