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Android Linux Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities: Protect Devices Today!

Wajahat Raja

March 6, 2024 - TuxCare expert team

Recent cybersecurity research has unveiled critical vulnerabilities in open-source Wi-Fi software, impacting a wide range of devices, including Android smartphones, Linux systems, and ChromeOS devices. These Android security vulnerabilities, if exploited, could enable attackers to deceive users into connecting to malicious networks or gain unauthorized network access without passwords. In this blog, we’ll explore the critical Android Linux Wi-Fi vulnerabilities, exploring their implications and offering essential tips to protect your devices.

The Identified Wi-Fi Security Flaws

Security experts have pinpointed two authentication bypass flaws: CVE-2023-52160 and CVE-2023-52161. These
flaws came to light during an assessment of the WPA_Supplicant vulnerability and the iNet Wireless Daemon (IWD) developed by Intel.


If left unaddressed, these Linux security vulnerabilities could allow attackers to lure victims into connecting to fraudulent network clones or infiltrate secure networks without proper authentication. This poses severe risks, including interception of sensitive data, malware infections, and potential business email compromise (BEC) incidents.

CVE-2023-52160 CVE-2023-52161


The Intel IWD vulnerability; CVE-2023-52161, affecting IWD versions 2.12 and below, presents a grave risk by granting unauthorized access to protected Wi-Fi networks. Devices using this software are susceptible to various forms of exploitation, putting both users and their connected devices in jeopardy.


Wpa_supplicant versions 2.10 and earlier are vulnerable to CVE-2023-52160, posing a significant threat to Android devices where this software is the default for managing wireless network logins. While this flaw primarily affects improperly configured Wi-Fi clients, it remains a pressing concern due to its widespread impact on Android devices.

Android Linux Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Exploitation Scenarios


Successful exploitation of CVE-2023-52160 necessitates physical proximity to the victim and prior knowledge of the targeted Wi-Fi network’s SSID. Attackers could exploit this vulnerability by scanning for networks within a company’s premises, potentially targeting employees as they leave the office.


These Android Linux Wi-Fi vulnerabilities could potentially pave the way for man-in-the-middle attacks, where malicious actors intercept communication between devices, posing a significant threat to data integrity and user privacy.

Mitigation Efforts For Android Linux Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities

Several major Linux distributions, including Debian, Red Hat, SUSE, and Ubuntu, have issued advisories addressing these vulnerabilities. Additionally, ChromeOS has incorporated fixes for the wpa_supplicant flaw in versions 118 and beyond. However, patches for Android devices are pending.

Protecting Android Users

In light of the impending
data theft, Android users are urged to manually configure the CA certificate for saved enterprise networks as a temporary measure to mitigate the risk. This proactive step can help safeguard against potential exploitation until official patches become available.

Google’s Response

Google has taken proactive measures by providing patches to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ahead of public disclosure. OEMs are responsible for implementing these patches and making them available to users through software updates. Users are strongly advised to prioritize installing the latest security updates on their devices to bolster their defences against emerging
malware infections.



The discovery of these Wi-Fi vulnerabilities underscores the critical importance of maintaining robust cybersecurity measures across all connected devices. By promptly addressing security vulnerabilities and
implementing necessary patches, both users and manufacturers can mitigate the risk of exploitation and safeguard against potential cyber threats. 

Stay vigilant, stay updated, and prioritize security in an increasingly connected digital landscape.

The sources for this piece include articles in The Hacker News and SpiceWorks.

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