Monday, 25 March, 2019

Most Antivirus Apps on Google Play Suck at Detecting Malware

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Check Point also provided the list of infected apps to Google which were later taken down from Google Play. However, it does also lock out legitimate apps that use clipboard data for other purposes, like passing them to a PC for seamless copying and pasting between devices.

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The first of the three capabilities applied more directly to SimBad's ability to send users to malicious websites, including websites that would prompt sign-in and collect user data from forms. With Android Q, those apps would have to present themselves as keyboards, something that isn't entirely convenient for both users and developers. Apps in the personalization and utility categories such as Volumen Booster, My name on Live Wallpaper, Deleted Photo Recovery, Secret screen recorder, Phone Finder, or Face Beauty Makeup were downloaded at least 500,000 times and upwards of a million times.

Only 80 apps detected more than 30% of the malware the company tested the apps with. Interestingly, the size of the app icons will remain the same (512x512).

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One potential problem, however, is that the change seems to affect any app running under Android Q, whether that app targets the version of Android or not.

Check Point is also saying that the people behind SimBad have used SDK advertising feature inappropriately for secret profits. If they achieve this, they can control these apps without permission from the real developers.

Along with displaying ads, SimBad allows the attacker to install applications remotely, opening certain URLs in the browser and open certain apps that can cause trouble, such as malware. After that it directed users to install rogue app or visit scam websites. All of the apps have now been removed after Google was notified about the same.

According to Check Point's Research and Development Manager Jonathan Shimonovich, Google reacted very fast to the discovery. Others were found by the researchers at AV-Comparatives to have had their malware reference databases last updated ages ago, rendering them useless when it comes to detecting emerging threats. It was found that numerous antivirus apps instead of scanning the apps, simply used a whitelist/blacklist approach based on package names than relying on the code for deciding whether an app is unsafe or harmless.

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