Published:2015/09/16  Last Updated:2015/09/16

Photon vulnerable to URL whitelist bypass


Photon provided by Newphoria Corporation Inc. allows applications to access URLs that are not approved in the whitelist.

Products Affected

  • Photon for Android versions 1.1 and earlier


Photon provided by Newphoria Corporation Inc. is an application for Android built using "applican". Photon contains an issue where an arbitrary page may be loaded if the application is launched using the URL-scheme.


Android version of this app may allow an applican API to be executed if that API has been granted permission in the android manifest.


Update the Software
Update to the latest version according to the information provided by the developer.

Vendor Status

Vendor Status Last Update Vendor Notes
Newphoria Corporation Vulnerable 2015/09/16


JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2015.09.16 (CVSS Base Metrics)

What is CVSS?

Measures Severity Description
Access Vector(AV) Local (L) Adjacent Network (A) Network (N) A vulnerability exploitable with network access means the vulnerable software is bound to the network stack and the attacker does not require local network access or local access. Such a vulnerability is often termed "remotely exploitable".
Access Complexity(AC) High (H) Medium (M) Low (L) The access conditions are somewhat specialized.
Authentication(Au) Multiple (M) Single (S) None (N) Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.
Confidentiality Impact(C) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is considerable informational disclosure. Access to some system files is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what is obtained, or the scope of the loss is constrained.
Integrity Impact(I) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.
Availability Impact(A) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.

Base Score:6.8


Kenta Suefusa and Tomonori Shiomi of Sprout Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
CVE CVE-2015-5637
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2015-000135