Acer Portal Android Application - MITM SSL Certificate Vulnerability (CVE-2016-5648)


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The Acer Portal Android application (version and below), installed by the manufacturer on all Acer branded Android devices, does not validate the SSL certificate it receives when connecting to the mobile application login server.


An attacker who can perform a man in the middle attack may present a bogus SSL certificate which the application will accept silently. Usernames, passwords and sensitive information could be captured by an attacker without the user's knowledge.


May 27, 2016 - Attempted to notify Acer via &, both emails bounced
June 1, 2016 - Provided the vulnerability details to CERT/CC
June 2, 2016 - CERT/CC advised they will contact Acer to provide a vulnerability report and track the remediation progress
June 22, 2016 - CERT/CC confirmed Acer received the vulnerability report and are working on an updated version
June 30, 2016 - Acer released version which resolves this vulnerability


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