April 21, 2020

GHSL-2020-010: Out-Of-Bounds write in Android Open Source Project - CVE-2020-0070

Man Yue Mo


An Out-of-Bounds write in Android's rw_t2t_update_lock_attributes (NFC) could leads to remote code execution.


Android Open Source Project



Tested Version

Pixel3a with build id: QQ1A.191205.011 (tag android-10.0.0_r16). (latest publicly available build as of the time of writing) Proxmark3 used is the RDV4.01


In the rw_t2t_update_lock_attributes function, p_t2t->lock_attr is written with the index block_count. This index is incremented in a while loop every time bits_covered reaches TAGS_BITS_PER_BYTE(8)2.

    if (bits_covered == TAG_BITS_PER_BYTE) {
      /* Move to next 8 bytes */
      bits_covered = 0;

Now bits_covered is reset and incremented inside the while loop with condition bytes_covered < bytes_locked_per_lock_bit, where bytes_covered is also incremented at the same time.

    while (bytes_covered < bytes_locked_per_lock_bit) {
      if (p_t2t->lockbyte[num_dyn_lock_bytes].lock_byte &
          rw_t2t_mask_bits[xx]) {
        /* If the bit is set then it is locked */
        p_t2t->lock_attr[block_count] |= 0x01 << bits_covered;

This means block_count can be incremented to a maximum of (bytes_locked_per_lock_bit - 1)/8. This while loop is also enclosed in another while loop which repeats while xx < num_lock_bits3, which can execute a maximum of 8 times4.

  num_lock_bits =
          ? TAG_BITS_PER_BYTE  //<------ maximum |num_lock_bits| is 8.
          : p_t2t->lock_tlv[p_t2t->lockbyte[num_dyn_lock_bytes].tlv_index]
                    .num_bits %
  while (xx < num_lock_bits) {
    bytes_covered = 0;
    while (bytes_covered < bytes_locked_per_lock_bit) {

As bytes_locked_per_lock_bit is set here 5 to p_t2t->lock_tlv[p_t2t->lockbyte[num_dyn_lock_bytes].tlv_index].bytes_locked_per_bit

 bytes_locked_per_lock_bit =

and p_t2t->lock_tlv[p_t2t->lockbyte[num_dyn_lock_bytes].tlv_index].bytes_locked_per_bit takes its value from p_t2t->tlv_value[2] 6, which comes from data supplied by the tag 7

            p_t2t->tlv_value[2 - p_t2t->bytes_count] = p_data[offset]; //<-- data supplied by the tag
  if (p_t2t->bytes_count == 0) {
    p_t2t->lock_tlv[p_t2t->num_lock_tlvs].bytes_locked_per_bit =
        (uint8_t)tags_pow(2, ((p_t2t->tlv_value[2] & 0xF0) >> 4));

by supplying a large enough tlv_value[2], a malicious tag can cause OOB write during the detection stage.


If succesfuly exploited, an attacker within NFC range could obtain remote code execution on android device's NFC daemon.

Coordinated Disclosure Timeline


This issue was discovered and reported by GHSL team member @m-y-mo (Man Yue Mo).


You can contact the GHSL team at securitylab@github.com, please include the GHSL-2020-010 in any communication regarding this issue.