Android Wi-Fi Direct DoS Hole

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Some Android devices can suffer from a Denial of Service (DoS) attack when scanning for WiFi Direct devices, researchers said.

An attacker could send a specially crafted 802.11 Probe Response frame causing the Dalvik subsystem to reboot because of an Unhandle Exception on WiFiMonitor class, said Andres Blanco from the CoreLabs Team.

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The Android security team has been aware of the vulnerability since late September.

Vulnerable packages include:
• Nexus 5 – Android 4.4.4
• Nexus 4 – Android 4.4.4
• LG D806 – Android 4.2.2
• Samsung SM-T310 – Android 4.2.2
• Motorola RAZR HD – Android 4.1.2.

While this is one list, other devices could also suffer from the issue.

Non-vulnerable packages include Android 5.0.1 and 5.0.2. Click here for more information.

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