Google Chrome up to 55 on Android WebAudio use after free

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Google Chrome up to 55 on Android (Web Browser). Affected by this issue is an unknown code block of the component WebAudio. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a use after free vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-416. Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 12/01/2016. The weakness was disclosed 01/19/2017 by Abdulrahman Alqabandi (xisigr) with Qihoo 360 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2016-5215 since 05/31/2016. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 11/01/2022). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product increasing in the near future.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 8 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 95661 (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : oxide-qt vulnerabilities (USN-3153-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Ubuntu Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 370249 (Google Chrome Prior to 55.0.2883.75 Multiple Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 55.0.2883.75 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (95661). The entries 95480, 95481, 95482 and 95483 are pretty similar.







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VulDB Meta Base Score: 6.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.7

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Temp Score: 7.0
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Class: Use after free
CWE: CWE-416 / CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 95661
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : oxide-qt vulnerabilities (USN-3153-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 900236
OpenVAS Name: SuSE Update for Chromium openSUSE-SU-2016:3108-1 (Chromium)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Chrome 55.0.2883.75


05/31/2016 🔍
12/01/2016 +184 days 🔍
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12/09/2016 +8 days 🔍
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01/19/2017 +41 days 🔍
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11/01/2022 +2112 days 🔍



Advisory: USN-3153-1
Researcher: Abdulrahman Alqabandi (xisigr)
Organization: Qihoo 360
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-5215 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 94633 - Google Chrome Prior to 55.0.2883.75 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
OSVDB: - CVE-2016-5215 - Google - Chrome - Use-After-Free Issue

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Created: 01/19/2017 09:42 AM
Updated: 11/01/2022 12:46 PM
Changes: 01/19/2017 09:42 AM (78), 07/28/2020 09:38 AM (10), 11/01/2022 12:38 PM (3), 11/01/2022 12:46 PM (1)
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