Google partners with HackerOne for Android app flaw bug bounty
20 October, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
This is the main reason why Google keeps on releasing new updates to Play Services which contain numerous bug fixes. In justone other example in August, Google Play expelled at least three faux messaging apps it discovered were "capable of covertly taking photos, recording audio, retrieving call logs, and more".
The malware mostly targets users in the U.S., but it also has a presence in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, and Germany.
In a blog October 18 Symantec said it had found at least eight Android applications on Google Play that were infected with a malware dubbed Sockbot that is created to add compromised systems to a botnet.
Aimoto wrote that the stated function of these apps was to provide the appearance of characters in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, behind the scenes attack functionality was enabled. These new features are announced amid Google's annual Playtime series, which is comprised of live and online events where developers can speak out about successful strategies and other aspects of the business that could help other developers. The Minecraft themed apps sitting in Google's official marketplace for mobile apps were laced with the Sockbot malware.
Google has also limited the vulnerabilities that qualify for bounties to remote code execution (RCE) on user devices running Android 4.4 or higher. The developers of popular Android applications on Google Play are being asked to opt-in to the program and to allow security researchers to probe their software for certain vulnerabilities.
As previously mentioned, the new update is available only in the APK form right now.
Android fans are advised to not waste any time and download the new update since Android Instant Apps is built on Google Play Services. "That is more than enough time for an attacker to exploit it", Rabet said. Google said bug bounties can go up to $1,000 per approved submission.
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