AndroRAT – A Remote Access Trojan Compromise Android Devices and Inject Root Exploits

A Newly discovered Android Remote Access Trojan called AndroRAT targeting unpatched Android Devices that exploit the publicly disclosed critical privilege escalation vulnerability and gain some high-level access from targeted Andriod devices.

This Android based RAT have an ability to gain some advance level privileges on any android devices that unpatched Remote code execution vulnerability CVE-2015-1805 and inject root exploits.

Root Exploits leads to perform a various malicious task such as silent installation, shell command execution, WiFi password collection, and screen capture.

Basically, RAT’s are abusing many platforms including Android, windows, and macOS by exploiting the critical vulnerabilities that performing on the targeting platform.

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How Does this AndroRAT RAT Works

AndroRAT Initially developed as a university project in order to gain the remote access from Android devices but later it abused by cybercriminals and used it for various malicious activities.

Newly discovered AndriodRAT variant posed as a malicious utility app called TrashCleaner which contains an Android exploit.

Initially in distributed via malicious URL that distributing via various sources such as spam and phishing email or social media shares.

Once TrashCleaner runs on the targeting Android devices, its force victim to install the Chinese-labeled calculator app that forced victims to replace the default Android calculator app.

Once this Malicious calculator app will be installed on the victim’s device, Trashcleaner app will disappear from the infected android devices and RAT will be activated from background.

Later RAT will communicate with the command & control server which is controlled by the attacker and performing a various command to steal the user’s sensitive information.

According to TrendMicro, The variant activates the embedded root exploit when executing privileged actions. It performs the following malicious actions found in the original AndroRAT:

Apart from the original features of the AndroRAT, it also performs new privileged actions:

CVE-2015-1805 patched on 2016 by Google and the unpatched Android devices are still vulnerable to this AndroRAT  Remote access Trojan also the device which is not longer receive this security patch also vulnerable to this Android RAT which is still being used by a significant number of mobile users. Trend Micro said.

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Categories: CVE/vulnerabilityHacks
Tags: Android appAndroid ratAndroid trojan
BALAJI N :BALAJI is a Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Security. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker, Editor-in-Chief, Author & Co-Creator of GBHackers On Security