Re: 360 security android app snoops data to China Unicom network via insecure HTTP

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Re: 360 security android app snoops data to China Unicom network via insecure HTTP


From: “seclists () email tg” <seclists () email tg>

Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:57:20 -0700


I reinstalled the 360 security app on my phone to check the network connections it used & found via the Network 
Connections app that it did indeed use an insecure HTTP connection to exchange data with IP address 52.85.77.42 which 
is assigned to Amazon network(https://www.whois.com/whois/52.85.77.42). Attached is a screenshot from the network 
connections app showing this connection. From the 360 security app privacy policy 
page(http://www.360securityapps.com/m/en-us/about/privacy) it can be seen that it uploads sensitive information about 
installed programs to a cloud security center. So, I am guessing that the above IP address corresponds to an Amazon 
cloud storage server. So, there is still a security hole in this App, where it may be transmitting sensitive system 
information via an unencrypted HTTP connection.

Thanks.

----- Reply message -----
From: "Daniel Wood" <daniel.wood () owasp org>
To: <seclists () email tg>
Cc: <fulldisclosure () seclists org>
Subject: [FD] 360 security android app snoops data to China Unicom network via insecure HTTP
Date: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 6:26 AM

Can't you just run the app in an Android emulator and shark it?

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 30, 2017, at 06:02, seclists () email tg wrote:

I have a further update on the issue. After uninstalling the 360 security android app, I found after repeated checks 
of Network Info on my phone via the Ping & DNS app that even then the HTTP connection to IP address 123.125.114.8 
still frequently showed up. So, I monitored the network connections on my phone via the Network Connections app 
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antispycell.connmonitor) and found that this time the HTTP 
connection to IP address 123.125.114.8 was being established by the ES File Explorer app 
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop 
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop)). So, it is possible that the insecure HTTP 
connection to the above IP address that I observed when both the 360 security and ES File Explorer app were installed 
on my phone was in fact because of the ES File Explorer app or the other possibility is that both the apps have the 
same problem. I haven't had a cha
nce to re-install the 360 security app without the ES File Explorer to check that and I don't intend to re-install 
the 360 security app on my phone, since it anyways used to raise the temperature on my phone suspiciously. So, I will 
report this as an issue for the ES File Explorer app in a separate email.

Thanks.
Hi,

I found the following review posted about the 360 security android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.security&reviewId=Z3A6QU9xcFRPSG1HSTRaSVdNelVWY3FhZk5zcFlFMnZKeXRKRHhhQUE4VU9pLWV4UFBxeHJ3Xy1ZZWU2bEpOLTg0eGxzczFCV0lkaWxxTHRzZTQ4RWxzU2c
 
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.security&reviewId=Z3A6QU9xcFRPSG1HSTRaSVdNelVWY3FhZk5zcFlFMnZKeXRKRHhhQUE4VU9pLWV4UFBxeHJ3Xy1ZZWU2bEpOLTg0eGxzczFCV0lkaWxxTHRzZTQ4RWxzU2c)
"Snoops data to China Unicom via insecure HTTP link! Found while checking Network info on my device with this app 
installed that it had established an insecure HTTP connection to an IP address(123.125.114.8) on Chinese state owned 
China Unicom network (China Unicom owns a stake in app developer via Qihoo 360). Also, when installed, found my phone 
temperature rising frequently indicating covert data transfer from my phone. I've now uninstalled this Chinese spying 
app & advice the same to anyone using the app. Resp to comment: updated above info with IP addr.  
360 Mobile Security Limited April 26, 2017  Hi, sorry for the inconvenience. It will be helpful for us to solve the 
problem, if you can give us more information and details . Attaching some screenshots would be helpful. Please 
contact us by email: jenny () mobimagic com (mailto:jenny () mobimagic com). Many thanks."

I observed the same behavior when I had this app installed on my smartphone. I checked the Network Info on my phone 
when this app was installed, using the Ping & DNS 
app(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ulfdittmer.android.ping 
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ulfdittmer.android.ping)) and found the insecure HTTP connection 
to the above IP address. After I uninstalled the app, the HTTP connection to the above IP address was gone, as well. 
On checking the WHOIS info(https://www.whois.com/whois/123.125.114.8 (https://www.whois.com/whois/123.125.114.8)) for 
this IP address it can be seen that it is indeed on the Chinese state-owned China Unicom network. I had App usage 
tracking permission on Android enabled for this app, to facilitate phone temperature reduction, when I observed the 
above.

Can other security researchers please check and comment on this security hole?

Thanks.

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