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Arbitrary write vulnerability in msm_isp_send_hw_cmd() when processing VIDIOC_MSM_VFE_REG_CFG ioctl command (CVE-2016-3859)

Release Date:

August 26, 2016

Affected Projects:

Android for MSMFirefox OS for MSMQRD Android

Advisory ID:


CVE ID(s):



The following security vulnerabilities have been identified in QuIC-authored camera driver code. CVE-2016-3859 While processing the VIDIOC_MSM_VFE_REG_CFG ioctl command, the function msm_isp_send_hw_cmd() assigns unchecked user controlled input (if the command type is VFE_READ_DMI_64BIT) to a kernel pointer. This can be used to write data to an arbitrary memory address from user space.

Access Vector: Local
Security Risk: Medium
Access Vector: Local

Affected Versions:

All Android releases from CAF using the Linux kernel.


We advise customers to apply the following patches:

Individual Patches


This issue was reported to Google by an external security researcher. Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC) thanks Google for bringing this issue to QuIC's attention.


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