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I haz you and pwn your maal


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I haz you and pwn your maal

  1. 1. I haz you and pwn your maal Harsimran Walia
  2. 2. #WhoamI• Research Scientist @ McAfee• Expertise: Malware Analysis, Exploit development and Vulnerability Analysis• Twitter: b44nz0r• Email:• Previous papers: Reversing Microsoft Patches to Reveal Vulnerable code @ NullCon,2011
  3. 3. Disclaimer• The research and views presented here are solely mine and nothing to do with any of the current and previous organizations, I work for or associated with in any form• The presentation is for educational purposes only and no one can be held responsible for any harm caused in any form due to use or misuse of information presented here
  4. 4. Access Data?• Use of smartphones, tablets, mobile devices• No longer need to stay in one place• Information on the go• But,
  5. 5. Danger!• Create a larger attack vector• Treasure trove for attackers• Hot targets for attackers and data thieves• Ease of attack• Vast amount of information
  6. 6. Attacks• Most reliable attack is via malware• Malware can 1. penetrate a host 2. extract information 3. stay hidden 4. send data to the attacker• Attackers created smartphone malware• Delivered as smartphone applications
  7. 7. Platforms• Many smartphone platform – Apple’s iOS – Android – Symbian – Blackberry• Android by far most popular with attackers
  8. 8. Why Android?• 50.1% Smartphone users share in US
  9. 9. Why Android?• 61% smartphone sales share in Q1,2012
  10. 10. Why Android? Starting development of Iphone OS apps needs • Mac Computer • Sign-in Dev Program • Wait for verification • Pay fees
  11. 11. Why Android?• Not only user share, sales are much above any other platform• Huge user base i.e. victims ;)• Ease of malware development and hosting on google play• Have led to:
  12. 12. Headlines• Android OS the “worst platform for malware”. - TG Daily August’11• Android threats leapt 76% during the Q2-2011 - McAfee• Most attacked mobile OS overtaking Symbian OS• The most popular target for mobile malware developers• Increasing target for cybercriminals
  13. 13. Malware Analysis Windows Vs Android• 2 methods, dynamic and static • Same, dynamic and static• Virtual machine or sandbox is • Virtual machine with used android SDK• Static analysis - reverse engineer the • In many cases static analysis application/malware reveals the malware using tools and techniques to behavior and very little re-create the actual code and algorithm dynamic analysis is required• Have to debug through • Can be decompiled into assembly code to understand readable java code the algorithm
  14. 14. What to expect?• Lab setup, a VM with android SDK installation.• Tools required for the analysis• Static Analysis• Dynamic Analysis• Patching the malware to own it
  15. 15. What not to expect?• How to write an android malware• How to spread it• How to hack Android
  16. 16. Behavioral classification
  17. 17. Types of Android Malware• Mobile Device Data Stealers – most common – aim to acquire different info from the infected device • OS version • product ID • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number – This stolen device info is encrypted and sent via HTTP POST to the attacker, can be used for future attacks .
  18. 18. • Rooting-capable – malware infect to gain so-called root privileges – remote users access to files and the devices’ flash memory – With rooting malware drop copies of themselves onto their flash memory – they can’t be detected and consequently deleted by antivirus products
  19. 19. • Premium Service Abusers – hard coded predetermined premium numbers – sends text messages – affected users being charged for sms services• Mobile Device Spies – secretly monitor info stored on infected devices • GPS location • save text and email messages • Like data stealers, sends stolen data to specific URLs via HTTP POST. • focus more on gathering personal data
  20. 20. One-click Billing Fraud
  21. 21. Android One-click Billing Fraud• Mostly active on p0rn and gamer video sites• Trying to view a video triggers a pop-up asking the user to download a malicious app.• Gets the Android user account information, and sends them to the cybercriminals.• Displays a pop-up showing the message – “We haven’t received your payment. Therefore, based on our policy, we will have to charge you if you have not paid yet.”• Also displays the information it stole in order to build credibility for it self, and better convince the victim to pay the amount.• The pop-up is set to show every few minutes and keeps eating your money.
  23. 23. • Malware Analysis, – important part of antimalware companies’ work.• Mobile malware analysis is now equally important.• Effective analysis can be used by law enforcement agencies to catch law breakers – i.e malware authors and attackers• For fun, when you can pwn someone else’s malware and control it.• You get yourself full-blown malware without writing it.
  25. 25. Tools - Static analysis• Mobile Sandbox: provides static analysis of malware images• IDA pro: Supports Android bytecode in version 6.1 and later• APKInspector: Powerful GUI tool for analyzing Android applications.• Dex2jar: For converting Android’s .dex format to Java’s .class format• Jd-gui: A standalone graphical utility that displays Java source codes of .class files.• Androguard: Reverse engineering and Malware analysis of Android applications.• JAD: Java Decompiler• Dexdump: Java .dex file format decompiler• Smali: smali/baksmali is an assembler/disassembler for the dex format used by dalvik, Android’s Java VM implementation.
  26. 26. Tools – Dynamic analysis• Droidbox: An Android Application Sandbox for Dynamic Analysis• The Android SDK: “A software development kit that enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. Using the Android SDK we can create a virtual android device almost identical in functionality and capabilities of an android telephone and using that virtual device as secure environment we can execute the malware and observe the behaviour of it.• AndroidAuditTools: Dynamic Android analysis tools
  27. 27. LAB SETUP
  28. 28. • Traditional malware analysis includes a Virtual Machine• We need a one as well• Android SDK installed in VM• Well documented installation details can be found here• Would highlight one thing during installation
  29. 29. • Must select atleast one version of the API• API versions to develop applications for different android versions• Separate SDK for malwares targeted for a particular version• Demo – android 2.3 (gingerbread)
  30. 30. ANALYSIS
  31. 31. Android Malware Acquisition• Contagio MiniDump (• Community driven• Anyone can submit a sample• It is made available to others• Demo – Voodoo SimpleCarrierIQDetector – supposed to detect presence of the Carrier IQ mobile diagnostic software on the system – Chosen based on the ease of understanding
  33. 33.• Submit the apk to for analysis• Report generated can be viewed at• Important information from report Requested Permissions from Android Manifest: android.permission.READ_LOGS android.permission.SEND_SMS sendSMS Potentially dangerous Calls: Execution of native code getPackageInfo
  34. 34. Extraction• Start our manual analysis• Need to extract the apk to get its contents• apk file is a zip file formatted package.• Extraction done with win-rar or win-zip• File of interest is classes.dex
  35. 35. dex2jar• C:> dex2jar.bat classes.dex – Output: classes.dex  classes_dex2jar.jar• Converts classes.dex file extracted from the apk to jar file
  36. 36. JD-GUI• To read the code from the .class file in the jar• Open the jar file with JD-GUI
  37. 37. • Four .class files – Detect.class • Code is trying to make out if CarrierIQ software is installed on the system based on some checks. – R.class • Every android application contains this class file. Here it is used to declare few variables – Utils.class • Contains few utility method definitions like findFiles. getCommandOutput etc – Main.class • This is the most interesting class as it actually contains the malicious code. • The code looks like this
  38. 38. Code Analysis• Four same command to send SMS to the number “81168” with four different SMS texts – AT37 – MC49 – SP99 – SP93• A Google search on the number shows that it a premium rate sms number that costs almost € 9/SMS• This is how hackers make money with mobile malware
  39. 39. • Some malware listens to incoming messages• Deletes them even before a user can read it if• They are from the service providers which would inform users about their balance or billing charges.
  40. 40. I haz you• I know the premium rate phone number• Know the text message being sent• If interested in catching the crooks, – find the country and the operator whom the number belongs to – persuade them to disclose the information on the attacker/malware author – Google helps a lot with substantial information available publically regarding the same• If you get the police involved, chances of catching the hax0r are big
  41. 41. Scam• On Google I found a funny but very interesting Facebook scam around this• Like other scam Facebook applications, – a user gets messages from his friends on Facebook asking him to vote for his friend on some “Miss and Mister” contest giving an infected web link – Following the link actually hacks the Facebook account rendering it unusable for the user – Attacker then calls him/her up telling him that his account has been blocked for so and so reason – Hence he has to send an SMS to the mentioned number “81168” with any of the 4 texts – He will receive a code that has to be given to the caller(who is the hacker) to unlock his Facebook account.
  43. 43. • Finished with the analysis• Extracted information on malware author• Lets own the malware and making it dance to our tunes• Following technique explains the process to own the malware we just analyzed – can be fairly generalized
  44. 44. Baksmali• Program used to disassemble the dex files• Disassembles the .dex file to .smali files• Names similar to the .class files• Can be opened in any text-editor• C:> baksmali-0.93.jar –o smali-out classes.dex
  45. 45. • File containing the malicious code – main$1.smali – From main.class, figured out in analysis phase – Open in a text editor
  46. 46. • Change the destination number of the sms – i.e first argument to sendTextMessage function• Set it to your mobile number or any other• Save the file• Demo – changing it to the port number of my android emulator
  47. 47. Smali• Used to compile the .smali files back to .dex file• After making the desired changes to the smali file• Save it, compile all the .smali files together to classes.dex using• C:> smali-0.93.jar smali-out –o classes.dex
  48. 48. Packing• Delete the META-INF folder – contains the SHA1 of the classes.dex – will not match the changed classes.dex file – apk signing information – has to be changed• Private key of original author not available• Have to sign the apk with our private key• With modified classes.dex, pack the files back to a .zip file using any packer utility• Change extension from .zip to .apk
  49. 49. Signing• Mandated by Google for an application (apk) to be signed by the owner/author’s private key• Cannot install on an emulator or a device, if it is not signed• Can use self-signed certificates to sign applications• No certificate authority is needed• To sign we need, – Keytool – Jarsigner
  50. 50. Keytool• Comes as a part of jdk installation• Used to create private key for signing• C:> keytool -genkey -v -keystore my-personal- key.keystore -alias alias_name -keyalg RSA - keysize 2048 -validity 10000 – prompts for passwords for the keystore and key – and the Distinguished Name fields
  51. 51. Jarsigner• Comes as a part of jdk installation• Used to sign the apk with created keystore• C:> jarsigner -verbose -sigalg MD5withRSA - digestalg SHA1 -keystore my-release- key.keystore carrieriq.apk alias_name – modifies the APK in-place – creates META_INF folder with the signing details – APK is now signed
  52. 52. • To verify if the apk is signed• C:> jarsigner –verify -verbose my_ carrieriq.apk alias_name• If signed properly, it outputs “JAR verified”• Voila!• Got ourselves a malware
  53. 53. PlayingDYNAMIC ANALYSIS
  54. 54. • Install apk (malware) on the android SDK• To verify the behavior that we modified• Open two instances of the android emulator• Install the new malware on one of them• sms num modified should be the port number of emulator other than with malware install.
  55. 55. • Install and run the app• As soon uninstall button is clicked• SMS gets sent to the other emulator
  56. 56. I pwn your maal• I modified your malware• Customized it to my need• Now I pwn you maal• It will serve me now•  (evil grin)
  57. 57. CONCLUSION
  58. 58. • Overview of how android smartphone OS has become the most popular target for attackers• Describes different types of malware being created for the android platform• Attempts to explain – the lab setup – tools required – the static and dynamic malware analysis – practically analyzing a real premium SMS sending malware
  59. 59. • After analysis – Origin of malware is known – We know how to own the malware• In short “I haz you and pwn your maal”.
  60. 60. ThanksQuestions??