Rogue apps inside Android Marketplace

Published: 2011-03-03
Last Updated: 2011-03-03 14:08:10 UTC
by Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez (Version: 1)
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Android Marketplace is a place where users that own devices using the Android operating system can download a large variety of apps for the device. There has been reports of applications that have gone into Android Marketplace DroidDream infected with malware, which was rooting phones and stealing the IMSI and IMEA codes.

One of the favorite targets of attackers are mobile devices. They can use them as bridges to gain access to corporate data network. To minimize risks, it is important to establish a security baseline and place antimalware protection inside them. We have the example of Trendmicro Mobile Security for Android, Mcafee Mobile Security and Symantec Mobile Internet Security.

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-- Manuel Humberto Santander Peláez | | | msantand at isc dot sans dot org

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Poor man's DLP solution

Published: 2011-03-03
Last Updated: 2011-03-03 12:29:05 UTC
by Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez (Version: 1)
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Although I have been fortunate to work with a company that handles large amounts of money and time to implement the security solutions typically get the latest technology solution, we also have companies that do not handle the same amount of money due to profit margin business in which they are located and therefore there is a greater rationale for the investment of monetary resources in those projects that are vital to the operation of the company. 

A risk that materializes more frequently in companies is the leaking of information and one of the most common ways to steal over the Internet is through various forms such as emails and file transfers. That means we need to have a sensor that is responsible for monitoring the Internet traffic inbound and outbound. To determine your position, we will outline a two firewall DMZ and place a snort sensor in the middle using linux and configured in bridge mode.

DMZ with IDS

Bridge configuration is pretty simple. Consider eth0 as the interface connected to vlan11 and eth1 the interface connected to vlan10:

ifconfig eth0
ifconfig eth1
brctl addbr sensor
brctl addif sensor eth0
brctl addif sensor eth1
ifconfig sensor up 

Now it is time to configure the sensor. Many companies manage document templates, which contain default information that can be used to catalog the information contained therein. You can use words like secret, confidential, restricted, and many others. Based on this template, we proceed to create the appropriate alert to block the transit of information to the outside. For the following example, we will assume as the internal ip address range and also that the template for confidential documents relating to the company X provides the following sentence: "Company X - Confidential":

alert ip any -> any any (msg:”Data Loss from inside the network”; content:"Company X - Confidential"; rev:1)

Another interesting measure, depending on the environment and the risks of the company, is to disable the USB storage devices. To do this task in Windows environments, disable all permissions to the following files used each time you install a USB drive:


If the USB storage device is already installed, change the following registry key value to 4: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor 

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-- Manuel Humberto Santander Peláez | | | msantand at isc dot sans dot org

Keywords: DLP IDS
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