Open Handset Alliance Android Dalvik API denial of service

android-dalvikapi-dos (53654) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Open Handset Alliance Android is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by multiple unspecified errors in the Dalvik API. By persuading a victim to visit a specially-crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to force the device to reload.


Base Score: 4.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: Partial
Temporal Score: 3.2
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Denial of Service


Upgrade to the latest version of Android (Donut DRC79 or later), available from the Open Handset Alliance Web site. See References.


  • oCERT #2009-014: Android denial-of-service issues.
  • Open Handset Alliance Web site: Android.
  • BID-36590: Open Handset Alliance Malformed Application Remote Denial Of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2009-3698: An unspecified function in the Dalvik API in Android 1.5 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (system process restart) via a crafted application, possibly a related issue to CVE-2009-2656.
  • SECTRACK ID: 1022986: Google Android SMS and Dalvik API Bugs Let Remote Users Deny Service

Platforms Affected:

  • Google Android 1.5


Oct 05, 2009

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