About the security content of watchOS 5.3

This document describes the security content of watchOS 5.3.

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watchOS 5.3

Released July 22, 2019

Bluetooth

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to intercept Bluetooth traffic (Key Negotiation of Bluetooth - KNOB)

Description: An input validation issue existed in Bluetooth. This issue was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2019-9506: Daniele Antonioli of SUTD, Singapore, Dr. Nils Ole Tippenhauer of CISPA, Germany, and Prof. Kasper Rasmussen of University of Oxford, England

Entry added August 13, 2019

Core Data

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to leak memory

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

CVE-2019-8646: Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

Core Data

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

CVE-2019-8647: Samuel Groß and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

Core Data

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

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

CVE-2019-8660: Samuel Groß and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

Digital Touch

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to leak memory

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

CVE-2019-8624: Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

FaceTime

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution

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

CVE-2019-8648: Tao Huang and Tielei Wang of Team Pangu

Foundation

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

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

CVE-2019-8641: Samuel Groß and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

Heimdal

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An issue existed in Samba that may allow attackers to perform unauthorized actions by intercepting communications between services

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks to prevent unauthorized actions.

CVE-2018-16860: Isaac Boukris and Andrew Bartlett of the Samba Team and Catalyst

libxslt

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to view sensitive information

Description: A stack overflow was addressed with improved input validation.

CVE-2019-13118: found by OSS-Fuzz

Messages

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Users removed from an iMessage conversation may still be able to alter state

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2019-8659: Ryan Kontos (@ryanjkontos), Will Christensen of University of Oregon

Messages

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may cause an unexpected application termination

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

CVE-2019-8665: Michael Hernandez of XYZ Marketing

Quick Look

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: An attacker may be able to trigger a use-after-free in an application deserializing an untrusted NSDictionary

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

CVE-2019-8662: Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero

Siri

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to leak memory

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

CVE-2019-8646: Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero

UIFoundation

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted office document may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

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

CVE-2019-8657: riusksk of VulWar Corp working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

Wallet

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: A user may inadvertently complete an in-app purchase while on the lock screen

Description: The issue was addressed with improved UI handling.

CVE-2019-8682: Jeff Braswell (JeffBraswell.com)

WebKit

Available for: Apple Watch Series 1 and later

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting

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

CVE-2019-8658: akayn working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

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-2019-8669: akayn working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2019-8672: Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero

CVE-2019-8676: Soyeon Park and Wen Xu of SSLab at Georgia Tech

CVE-2019-8683: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2019-8684: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

CVE-2019-8685: akayn, Dongzhuo Zhao working with ADLab of Venustech, Ken Wong (@wwkenwong) of VXRL, Anthony Lai (@darkfloyd1014) of VXRL, and Eric Lung (@Khlung1) of VXRL

CVE-2019-8688: Insu Yun of SSLab at Georgia Tech

CVE-2019-8689: lokihardt of Google Project Zero

Additional recognition

MobileInstallation

We would like to acknowledge Dany Lisiansky (@DanyL931) for their assistance.

 

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