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    For many users today, how they use technology is defined by mobile devices. Their primary device is not a desktop computer, or even a laptop. Instead, it's a tablet or a smartphone. Instead of data stored on a hard drive or a USB stick, corporate data is now stored in the cloud and accessed as needed by users. If we look at the number of PCs versus smartphones sold, the trend is clear. In the 3rd quarter of 2014, analysts ...

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    Every Android app comprises of several components, including something called the AndroidManifest.xml file or the manifest file. This manifest file contains essential information for apps, “information the system must have before it can run any of the app's code.” We came across a vulnerability related to the manifest file that may cause an affected device to experience a continuous cycle of rebooting—rendering the device nearly useless to the user. The Manifest File Vulnerability The vulnerability can cause the OS to crash through ...




    With the finalization of HTML5 standard by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) last October, there will be a rapid growth of new HTML5 web apps coming out in the near future. Considering the platform independent characteristic in web apps, we foresee that HTML5 will accelerate the repackaging from web apps to mobile apps for malicious intent. A Quick Overview of HTML5 Android Apps According to our monitoring, the amount of new HTML5-packaged apps coming to the Android platform increased by 200% in ...

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    A few months back, we discussed the Android Same Origin Policy (SOP) vulnerability, which we later found to have a wider reach than first thought. Now, under the collaboration of Trend Micro and Facebook, attacks are found which actively attempt to exploit this particular vulnerability, whose code we believe was based in publicly available Metasploit code. This attack targets Facebook users via a link in a particular Facebook page that leads to a malicious site. This page contains obfuscated JavaScript code (see in Figure 1 below), which includes ...




    We often talk about the security risks when dealing with third-party app stores. Previous research has shown that third-party app stores are often a hotbed of malware, specifically, malicious versions of popular apps. Aside from malicious apps, we are now seeing a marked increase of “downloader apps” in these stores, whose primary function is to download other apps that may lead to security risks for mobile users. Downloader Apps Seen in a Third-Party App Store in China Our engineers decided to look at ...

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