Off the beaten Google Market

Jerome Diggs, July 10th, 2012

There have been a number of recent articles and blog posts around Android devices infected with various malware and malicious apps.  One recent nasty piece of malware found in many Chinese Android app stores is ‘Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android’.   The interesting feature of this malware is that it can run up an unsuspecting user’s cell phone bill by downloading paid content leaving them holding the bag.

Android lets you download and install apps from anywhere provided you’ve configured your device to download from unknown sources.  Why would anyone do this?  Well, quite simply, because they can and they will.  Users who have their devices configured this way and are connecting to the corporate network (email, internal instant messaging, VPN, etc.) are putting the enterprise at an increased risk.

Retina CS and the Retina Android agent provide out of the box visibility into which systems are configured to allow non-Android market sources.  ‘15903  –  Android Device Non-Android Market Sources’

This information can be included in Enterprise dashboards, reports and email alerts to ensure security teams are aware of which devices may be introducing additional risk to the corporate enterprise.  To view this and other mobile platform configuration and vulnerability audits download a copy of Retina CS Community and the Android agent today.