I received an APK file from a source. Prior to installation, I ran a virus scan on it. The result had following main features:
- The file contained Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_0323-1
- It required android.permission.INTERNET (full Internet access)
- It contained an ELF file.
Other than that, interesting strings found in the file were following:
http://airdownload2.adobe.com/air? https://www.adobe.com/airgames/5/ https://www.adobe.com/airgames/4/ http://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/gamepreview/prod/airandroid/air.properties http://www.adobe.com/airgames/3/ https://www.adobe.com/gamepreview/?game=notification/notificationClicked.html_ http://gamespace.adobe.com https://dh8vjmvwgc27o.cloudfront.net http://dh8vjmvwgc27o.cloudfront.net/AIRGamepad/connect_ping.txt http://dh8vjmvwgc27o.cloudfront.net/AIRGamepad/connect_ping.txt?publisher=
National Vulnerability Database defines the SWF Exploit detected as:
Heap-based buffer overflow in Adobe Flash Player before 220.127.116.119 and 14.x through 16.x before 18.104.22.1685 on Windows and OS X and before 22.214.171.1242 on Linux allows attackers to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors, a different vulnerability than CVE-2015-0327.
McAfee further explains:
The files are highly obfuscated and won't run as they are since they are part of an infection chain created by Angler when the user access a web page compromised by it (known as "landing page")
The big string passed as parameter to the page is a Base-64 encoded data, which is converted to the string below:
I can see a weird link of Cloud front and a connect_ping.txt file present there. If I use the app without internet on, should I be okay?
The other suspicious thing is why does the app want full internet access since it does not need it at all? It is just an offline game. The strings make me think that it requires access to display ads and notify about clicks.
ELF file is something I am not quite certain. It maybe a framework. But what if it is being used as a Malware?
TL;DR, Should I install the app? If that is off-topic, I would be grateful to get a more detailed view of the mentioned exploits in order to make a decision.
My Device is SGH-T999L running Android 4.3.
PS: Out of 56 different sources, Only ClamAV detected the SWF exploit. All others did not detect anything. So it might be a false positive. I used Virus-Total.com scan.
Also Adobe did release security patches to counter this exploit, if it makes any difference.