The Norton Identity Safe product may be susceptible to a privilege escalation issue via a hard coded IV, which is a type of vulnerability that can potentially increase the likelihood of encrypted data being recovered without adequate credentials.
This issue was validated by product team engineers. A Norton Identity Safe for Android update, version 188.8.131.526, has been released which addresses the aforementioned issue. The latest releases and patches are available to customers through normal support channels or can be updated directly from the Google Play store. At this time, Symantec is not aware of any exploitations or adverse customer impact from this issue.
Symantec recommends the following measures to reduce risk of attack:
Restrict access to administrative or management systems to authorized privileged users.
Restrict remote access to trusted/authorized systems only.
Run under the principle of least privilege, where possible, to limit the impact of potential exploit.
Keep all operating systems and applications current with vendor patches.
Follow a multi-layered approach to security. At a minimum, run both firewall and anti-malware applications to provide multiple points of detection and protection for both inbound and outbound threats.
Deploy network and host-based intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may aid in the detection of attacks or malicious activity related to the exploitation of latent vulnerabilities.
CVE-2018-12240:Eric Bodden @profbodden <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Stefan Krüger <email@example.com>, Johannes Späth <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Karim Ali <email@example.com>, Mira Mezini <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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