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First Malicious Use of 'Master Key' Android Vulnerability Discovered

Created: 29 Jul 2013
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Earlier this month, Symantec discussed the discovery of the Master Key vulnerability that allows attackers to inject malicious code into legitimate Android applications without invalidating the digital signature. We expected the vulnerability to be leveraged quickly due to ease of exploitation, and it has.

Norton Mobile Insight—our system for harvesting and automatically analyzing Android applications from hundreds of marketplaces—has discovered the first examples of the exploit being used in the wild. Symantec detects these applications as Android.Skullkey.

We found two applications infected by a malicious actor. They are legitimate applications distributed on Android marketplaces in China to help find and make doctor appointments.  Click here to learn more about these threats from our Symantec Star Response Team Blog.