So I was recently having a discussion with a vendor about the insecurity versus usability of the google play store, yep there is malware there, yep there are copycat scam apps. But google will eventually get it under control, just as apple has done...
so you can't trust either of them, but I think Apple is actually doing a
better job of keeping the look-a-like scam apps out, at least I haven't
heard of any yet, and this is coming from me a very anti-apple person.
what do you do if you have written an Android app. Well you could host
it on your own site, but then you need to reduce your customers security
by making them set their device to allowing apps be installed from
anywhere, opening them up to drive by downloads that are becomming
prevelent in Android land (mainly due to some manufacturers enabling
this setting by default).
got me thinking, it doesn't really protect you from those that just
look through the store for apps from your company, so you should protect
yourself in some other way. I use google alerts already to monitor
stuff I am interested in, as well as comments about things I am
interested in for security reasons.
This is where I thought I could make a search alert for: site:play.google.com appname
I wanted to try it out first, so I did: site:play.google.com commbank
Commbank is a big bank in Australia, and they have a few apps, one caught my attention; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.commbank.hr.sidekick&hl=en
to me like Commbank trust the store so much they trust a third party to
put up an app for them for their users to access the intranet. The
company that listed the app at time of writing was http://www.gpssolutionsdevelopers.com/ who's site looks like it is what is being loaded for the app;
might need to reinstall this app and do a packet capture to see what
web services it is trying to hit on this site, but this site is not
https, and is hosted on a shared host that has unencrypted ftp, smtp and
imap enabled. I let someone I have met from
Commbank's IT security team know, and this was all amazingly fixed within a few hours. Props to them.
I did a packet capture post their fixes and it is all over ssl/tls now.
anyway I guess the take-a-way is, if you want to add some security even
for google play apps, you can setup a google alerts at
http://www.google.com/alerts and do one for site:play.google.com appname set it for As-it-happens and hope you never get that email.