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Android.Walkinwat

Risk Level 1: Very Low

Discovered:
March 30, 2011
Updated:
March 30, 2011 8:48:31 AM
Type:
Trojan
Infection Length:
13,188 bytes
Systems Affected:
Android
This threat must be manually installed. It is currently found in non-official Android Markets and may have the following name:
a Walk and Text v1.3.7android app cracked full.apk

The Trojan then modifies certain permissions on the compromised device that allow it to perform the following actions:
  • Access all of the contacts in the address book
  • Access network information
  • Access the phone in a read-only state
  • Access the vibrator on the phone
  • Check the license server for the application
  • Find the phone's location
  • Initiate a phone call without using the interface
  • Open network sockets to access the Internet
  • Read low-level log files
  • Send SMS messages
  • Turn the phone on and off


Next, the Trojan steals the following information from the device:
  • Name
  • Phone numbers
  • IMEI number


It then sends the stolen information to the following remote location:
[http://]incorporateapps.com/wat[REMOVED]

The Trojan also sends the following message to all phone numbers in the address book:
Hey,just downlaoded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap,it costed only 1 buck.Don't steal like I did!

Next, it displays the following message:



Title:
Processing
Body:
Cracking...

The Trojan also displays the following message:



Title:
Application Not Licensed
Body:
We really hope you learned something from this. Check your phone bill;) Oh and dont forget to buy the App from the Market

The Trojan displays a button to open a link to a legitimate Android application in the Android Market.

Recommendations

Symantec Security Response encourages all users and administrators to adhere to the following basic security "best practices":

  • Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
  • Enforce a password policy. Complex passwords make it difficult to crack password files on compromised computers. This helps to prevent or limit damage when a computer is compromised.
  • Ensure that programs and users of the computer use the lowest level of privileges necessary to complete a task. When prompted for a root or UAC password, ensure that the program asking for administration-level access is a legitimate application.
  • Disable AutoPlay to prevent the automatic launching of executable files on network and removable drives, and disconnect the drives when not required. If write access is not required, enable read-only mode if the option is available.
  • Turn off file sharing if not needed. If file sharing is required, use ACLs and password protection to limit access. Disable anonymous access to shared folders. Grant access only to user accounts with strong passwords to folders that must be shared.
  • Turn off and remove unnecessary services. By default, many operating systems install auxiliary services that are not critical. These services are avenues of attack. If they are removed, threats have less avenues of attack.
  • If a threat exploits one or more network services, disable, or block access to, those services until a patch is applied.
  • Always keep your patch levels up-to-date, especially on computers that host public services and are accessible through the firewall, such as HTTP, FTP, mail, and DNS services.
  • Configure your email server to block or remove email that contains file attachments that are commonly used to spread threats, such as .vbs, .bat, .exe, .pif and .scr files.
  • Isolate compromised computers quickly to prevent threats from spreading further. Perform a forensic analysis and restore the computers using trusted media.
  • Train employees not to open attachments unless they are expecting them. Also, do not execute software that is downloaded from the Internet unless it has been scanned for viruses. Simply visiting a compromised Web site can cause infection if certain browser vulnerabilities are not patched.
  • If Bluetooth is not required for mobile devices, it should be turned off. If you require its use, ensure that the device's visibility is set to "Hidden" so that it cannot be scanned by other Bluetooth devices. If device pairing must be used, ensure that all devices are set to "Unauthorized", requiring authorization for each connection request. Do not accept applications that are unsigned or sent from unknown sources.
  • For further information on the terms used in this document, please refer to the Security Response glossary.
Writeup By: Takashi Katsuki
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