Beware the 5Ghoul: Navigating the Patchwork of 5G Security Updates

Facing the specter of 5Ghoul? Patch status for your device remains as murky as a haunted house at midnight. Don’t get spooked—stay tuned for updates, or risk ghostly connection dropouts! 📶👻 #5GhoulVulnerabilities

Hot Take:

Step right up to the cybersecurity circus, folks! Just when you thought your shiny 5G device was the pinnacle of high-speed connectivity, along comes the menacing 5Ghoul, ready to drop your calls faster than a clumsy juggler. With patch updates more elusive than a vendor at a ghost convention, and a patchwork quilt of fixes spread across the calendar, it’s time to buckle up for a bumpy ride in the fast lane of tech vulnerabilities!

Key Points:

  • The 5Ghoul family of vulnerabilities is wreaking havoc on User Equipment (UEs), causing connection interruptions and downgrades from 5G to 4G.
  • Security patches are out, but they’re playing hide-and-seek with older models, which are often left out in the cold without updates.
  • Firmware patch details are as transparent as a brick wall for some vendors, leaving the patch status of various devices as clear as mud.
  • MediaTek and Qualcomm have dished out patches, but it’s a slow dance to get vendors to step in time with the updates.
  • If you’re clinging to an outdated device or relying on 5G for your IoT empire, it might be time to consider the risk of a 5Ghoul-spooked future.
Title: Reachable Assertion in Modem
Cve id: CVE-2023-33043
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: qualcomm
Cve date updated: 12/05/2023
Cve description: Transient DOS in Modem when a Beam switch request is made with a non-configured BWP.

Title: Improper Input Validation in Modem
Cve id: CVE-2023-33042
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: qualcomm
Cve date updated: 12/05/2023
Cve description: Transient DOS in Modem after RRC Setup message is received.

Cve id: CVE-2023-32845
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01128524; Issue ID: MOLY01139296 (MSV-860).

Cve id: CVE-2023-32842
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01130256; Issue ID: MOLY01130256 (MSV-848).

Title: Reachable Assertion in Data Modem
Cve id: CVE-2023-33044
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: qualcomm
Cve date updated: 12/05/2023
Cve description: Transient DOS in Data modem while handling TLB control messages from the Network.

Cve id: CVE-2023-20702
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 11/06/2023
Cve description: In 5G NRLC, there is a possible invalid memory access due to lack of error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service, if UE received invalid 1-byte rlc sdu, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY00921261; Issue ID: MOLY01128895.

Cve id: CVE-2023-32846
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01128524; Issue ID: MOLY01138453 (MSV-861).

Cve id: CVE-2023-32843
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01130204; Issue ID: MOLY01130204 (MSV-849).

Cve id: CVE-2023-32844
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01128524; Issue ID: MOLY01130183 (MSV-850).

Cve id: CVE-2023-32841
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: MediaTek
Cve date updated: 12/04/2023
Cve description: In 5G Modem, there is a possible system crash due to improper error handling. This could lead to remote denial of service when receiving malformed RRC messages, with no additional execution privileges needed. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Patch ID: MOLY01128524; Issue ID: MOLY01128524 (MSV-846).

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Behind the Mask of 5Ghoul

Just when we were getting cozy with uber-fast 5G, the 5Ghoul vulnerabilities snuck in, threatening to turn our high-speed dreams into a buffering nightmare. These digital gremlins are more than happy to disrupt your connectivity, leaving you with the dreaded chore of a manual reboot or, worse, a downgrade to the snail-paced 4G. But don't fret, patches are on the horizon—if only we could get our hands on them.

The Phantom of the Firmware

Ah, the elusive patch update, a tale as old as time (or at least as old as tech support). While Qualcomm and MediaTek have played their part by releasing security patches, some older devices are getting ghosted, with no more updates. And then there's the mysterious case of the missing firmware details. It's like a whodunit with no clues left behind, leaving us to wonder if our gadgets are safe or not.

A Patchwork of Patches

The Android project has taken up the patching baton, scheduling fixes from November 2023 all the way to March 2024. It's a marathon, not a sprint, folks. As for MediaTek's disappearing CVEs, it seems they've pulled a magic trick and consolidated some fixes into a single, neat package. Now, if only the vendors could keep up with the tempo, we'd all sleep a little better at night.

The Waiting Game

The most nail-biting part of this saga is the wait. We're all on the edge of our seats, hoping that vendors will get their act together and roll out those patches. The Android elite, like Google Pixel phones, might be first in line, but the rest of us in the Android amusement park might have to wait a bit longer for the ride to start.

5Ghoul's House of Horrors

If your mobile device is entering its twilight years and security updates are just a fond memory, it's decision time. Can you handle the occasional jolt of a 5Ghoul attack? On the business front, for those who've built their empire on the back of 5G tech, it's time to weigh the risks. Disruptions could be more than just a nuisance; they could be a full-blown horror show. So, consider your options before the 5Ghoul comes knocking.

Tags: 5G vulnerabilities, Android security updates, firmware patching, industrial IoT security, MediaTek, Mobile Device Security, Qualcomm