We have recently discovered a severe Cross-Application Scripting (XAS) vulnerability in Apache Cordova for Android.
This vulnerability enables theft of sensitive information from Crodova-based apps both locally by malware and also remotely by using drive-by exploitation techniques.
In addition, we have also found a set of vulnerabilities which allow for data exfiltration to an arbitrary target, bypassing Cordova's whitelisting mechanism.
Below is a video demo created by David Kaplan of my team, exploiting the vulnerabilities on a test application:
The CVE identifiers are:
(CVE-2014-3500) Cross-Application Scripting via Android Intents
(CVE-2014-3501) Cordova whitelist bypass for non-HTTP URLs
(CVE-2014-3502) Data Leak to Other Applications via Android Intent URIs
We had privately reported the issues to Cordova and CVE-2014-3100 has been
fixed in Cordova 3.5.1. See our white paper for details on how to mitigate
CVE-2014-3501 and CVE-2014-3502.
More details (including a video demo of a working exploit) are available at:
2. White paper