About the security content of watchOS 5.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 5.1.

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watchOS 5.1

Released October 30, 2018

AppleAVD

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2018-4384: Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

CoreCrypto

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An attacker may be able to exploit a weakness in the Miller-Rabin primality test to incorrectly identify prime numbers

Description: An issue existed in the method for determining prime numbers. This issue was addressed by using pseudorandom bases for testing of primes.

CVE-2018-4398: Martin Albrecht, Jake Massimo and Kenny Paterson of Royal Holloway, University of London, and Juraj Somorovsky of Ruhr University, Bochum

ICU

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted string may lead to heap corruption

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2018-4394: an anonymous researcher

IPSec

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An application may be able to gain elevated privileges

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2018-4371: Tim Michaud (@TimGMichaud) of Leviathan Security Group

Kernel

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed by removing the vulnerable code.

CVE-2018-4420: Mohamed Ghannam (@_simo36)

Kernel

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An application may be able to read restricted memory

Description: A memory initialization issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2018-4413: Juwei Lin (@panicaII) of TrendMicro Mobile Security Team

Kernel

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2018-4419: Mohamed Ghannam (@_simo36)

NetworkExtension

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Connecting to a VPN server may leak DNS queries to a DNS proxy

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2018-4369: an anonymous researcher

Safari Reader

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Enabling the Safari Reader feature on a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2018-4374: Ryan Pickren (ryanpickren.com)

Safari Reader

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Enabling the Safari Reader feature on a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to universal cross site scripting

Description: A cross-site scripting issue existed in Safari. This issue was addressed with improved URL validation.

CVE-2018-4377: Ryan Pickren (ryanpickren.com)

Security

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted S/MIME signed message may lead to a denial of service

Description: A validation issue was addressed with improved logic.

CVE-2018-4400: Yukinobu Nagayasu of LAC Co., Ltd.

WebKit

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2018-4372: HyungSeok Han, DongHyeon Oh, and Sang Kil Cha of KAIST Softsec Lab, Korea

CVE-2018-4373: ngg, alippai, DirtYiCE, KT of Tresorit working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2018-4375: Yu Haiwan and Wu Hongjun From Nanyang Technological University working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2018-4376: 010 working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2018-4382: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2018-4386: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2018-4392: zhunki of 360 ESG Codesafe Team

CVE-2018-4416: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

WebKit

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2018-4378: an anonymous researcher, zhunki of 360 ESG Codesafe Team

WiFi

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An attacker in a privileged position may be able to perform a denial of service attack

Description: A denial of service issue was addressed with improved validation.

CVE-2018-4368: Milan Stute and Alex Mariotto of Secure Mobile Networking Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt

Additional recognition

Certificate Signing

We would like to acknowledge Yiğit Can YILMAZ (@yilmazcanyigit) for their assistance.

Security

We would like to acknowledge Marinos Bernitsas of Parachute for their assistance.

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