Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Application Security

Startup Uncovers Flaws In Mobile Apps, Launches New Security Service

Wandera says only one of seven US employees is given any guidance on mobile security by the employer.

A startup company this week released data revealing security vulnerabilities in three popular mobile applications as well as survey data indicating that mobile devices are putting enterprise data at risk.

In a press release, startup mobile security vendor Wandera also launched a new service that scans mobile application usage and flags vulnerabilities as well as risky behavior.

Using data collected by its service, which monitors mobile applications on thousands of devices, Wandera has determined that seven of every ten devices are transmitting sensitive data in the clear -- the type of data that can be easily stolen by a man-in-the-middle attack. In addition, one in five devices are running apps vulnerable to local access attack.

In addition, Wandera disclosed "severe" vulnerabilities in three mobile applications:

  • Pizza Express, app transmits personal details include username, password, date of birth and children’s ages and genders
  • The Economist app transmits email and hashed password information in the clear
  • CNBC PRO app leaks credentials allowing access to full names, addresses, telephone numbers and other sensitive information

Wandera has informed the involved companies, but responses were not published.

The startup has identified "numerous" other mobile applications that also have severe vulnerabilities, says Eldar Tuvey, CEO of Wandera. "Most enterprises don't have a full understanding of the risk they face from these apps," he says.

In conjunction with the disclosure of the vulnerability data, Wandera released the results of a survey of more than 2,000 business employees conducted by the research firm YouGov. That survey reveals that only 14 percent of US employees have received any guidance on smartphone security from their employers -- and only 6 percent of UK employees have received such guidance. "The figures on tablet devices are even smaller," Tuvey says. "People don't know the risks associated with the devices they are using."

Wandera announced the vulnerability data in conjunction with the launch of its Wandera Secure service, which monitors mobile application usage through its Mobile Data Gateway network. The services route all mobile data traffic through the Wandera network, enabling enterprise IT to monitor usage, scan mobile applications for vulnerabilities, and block the use of applications or websites that may pose a threat to enterprise data.

"The service can also be used as a tool to educate users -- you can set it to warn them when they are about to use an application that's risky or that uses an inordinate amount of data cost," Tuvey says. "It's a way to help enforce mobile policy."

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
securityaffairs
50%
50%
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
9/12/2014 | 2:34:13 AM
Re: an old story
Hi Thomas main problems are related to SSL management and wrong implementation of certificate pinning
Thomas Claburn
50%
50%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Ninja
9/11/2014 | 7:08:59 PM
Re: an old story
There should be a way to have phones block any specified sensitive data from transmission. Enter a credit card, hash it and compare the outgoing data to the hash. If it matches, send nothing.
securityaffairs
50%
50%
securityaffairs,
User Rank: Ninja
9/11/2014 | 5:02:32 PM
an old story
Unfortunately the lack of security by design affect the majority of mobile apps, for this reason the CC/CERT has conducted a series of test on most popular application available for Android, discovering an impressive amount of flaws. Another interesting study on the topic that confirms the presence of Flaws in major mobile apps was conducted by the UNHcFREG researchers.

 
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/1/2020
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/30/2020
DDoS Attacks Jump 542% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020
Dark Reading Staff 6/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
The Threat from the Internet--and What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15478
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-01
The Journal theme before 3.1.0 for OpenCart allows exposure of sensitive data via SQL errors.
CVE-2020-6261
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-01
SAP Solution Manager (Trace Analysis), version 7.20, allows an attacker to perform a log injection into the trace file, due to Incomplete XML Validation. The readability of the trace file is impaired.
CVE-2020-15471
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-01
In nDPI through 3.2, the packet parsing code is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer over-read in ndpi_parse_packet_line_info in lib/ndpi_main.c.
CVE-2020-15472
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-01
In nDPI through 3.2, the H.323 dissector is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer over-read in ndpi_search_h323 in lib/protocols/h323.c, as demonstrated by a payload packet length that is too short.
CVE-2020-15473
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-01
In nDPI through 3.2, the OpenVPN dissector is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer over-read in ndpi_search_openvpn in lib/protocols/openvpn.c.