Zero-day vulnerability in Web Paint (Chrome extension)


The browser extension was hijacked on Google Web Store. The attackers were able to distributed malware to the extension user's. The attack occurred around March 1, 2017.

Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2017081613 - Backdoor in Web Paint Google Chrome extension

Vulnerable component: Web Paint (Chrome extension)


CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CWE-ID: CWE-798 - Use of Hard-coded Credentials


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access to victim's browser.

The vulnerability exists due to presence of backdoor code in Web Paint Google Chrome extension 1.2.1, distributed via Google Web Store.

Known APT campaigns:

Attack against Google Web Store developer accounts

Accounts of several developers of Google Chrome extensions were compromised. The malicious actors published new version of Chrome extension, which contained backdoor code. The campaign has started approximately in March 2017 and continued in August 2017. The total verified number of compromised extensions equals 6. Approximate number of affected victims - 4.1 million, according to Proofpoint.