We uncovered new Android malware that can surreptitiously install other malware on the affected device via the Toast Overlay attack: TOASTAMIGO, detected by Trend Micro as ANDROIDOS_TOASTAMIGO. The malicious apps, one of which had over 500,000 installs as of November 6, 2017, abuses Android’s Accessibility features, enabling them—at least for now—to have ad-clicking, app-installing and self-protecting/persistence capabilities.
Overlay attacks entail drawing and superimposing Android View (i.e., images, buttons) atop other running apps, windows or processes. A typical scenario for a Toast Overlay attack is to employ it to trick the user into clicking a window or button specified by the attacker instead of the legitimate one. The technique, which was demonstrated earlier this year, leverages a vulnerability in Toast (CVE-2017-0752, patched last September), a feature in Android used to display notifications over other applications.Read More