Android Rootkit Demonstrated at DEFCON

Monday Aug 2nd 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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Security experts at DEFCON 2010 demonstrated the first-ever rootkit for Android.

At the DEFCON hacking conference, security experts Nicholas Percoco and Christian Papathanasiou debuted the first rootkit for Google's open source Android mobile operating system.

According to The H Open, "Their aim was to show how slight the obstacles to the development of a such a rootkit are and how powerful the result can be. Android is Linux-based and desktop Linux rootkits are nothing out of the ordinary. The demo rootkit, dubbed 'Mindtrick', is a Loadable Kernel Module (LKM) and can conceal itself from other processes. The demo was included in a DVD given to DEFCON delegates."

The rootkit can access an Android device via either unpatched vulnerabilities, or by masquerading as a legitimate application.

Current anti-virus software for Android does not yet detect the rootkit.

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