Dissecting mobile native code packers. A case study.

As mobile malware advances to the levels of desktop malware, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon protected APKs while analysing malware. Most of the times, the sample is simply obfuscated via classes/variables name stripping from the DEX file and/or strings obfuscation; but other times several layers divide the researcher from the original code, including: anti-debug: … Read More

New Crucial Vulnerabilities in Apple’s bluetoothd daemon

By: Rani Idan Follow Rani Idan (@raniXCH) As part of our platform research team in Zimperium zLabs, we investigated iOS mach message IPC, focusing on available services accessible from within the iOS sandbox. The goal of this effort was to assess potential opportunities to gain privilege escalation and escape the sandbox, which is a core part … Read More

Threat Advisory: Skygofree

Skygofree, another in the long line of Android based spyware, is being touted as one of the most advanced targeted surveillance tools ever seen on mobile devices. Skygofree is designed to enable surveillance and full device control by remote attackers. On unprotected mobile devices, Skygofree allows attackers to perform advanced attacks including location-based sound recording, … Read More

Threat Advisory: Meltdown & Spectre

According to the team at Graz University of Technology that responsibly disclosed the new bugs, Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can … Read More

BankBot & Friends: Phishing Mobile Customers Like You Soon

Back in April of 2017, researchers discovered a new form of Android-targeting malware using fake overlay screens to mimic existing banking apps and steal user credentials. Distributed as benign apps in Google Play, BankBot-infected apps were posing as 20 entertainment and mobile banking apps. This first version of BankBot targeted a small number of institutions. In October … Read More