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Android.Farmbaby

Android.Farmbaby

Updated:
September 07, 2012
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Android

Behavior

Android.Farmbaby is a spyware application for Android devices that logs certain information and sends SMS messages to a predetermined phone number.

Android package file
The application may arrive as a package with the following name:

Package name: fun.fMap
Version: 1.4
Name: Far Map (Translated from Chinese)

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 29, 2012 revision 003
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 29, 2012 revision 003
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 12, 2012
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Android package file
The application may arrive as a package with the following name:

Package name: fun.fMap
Version: 1.4
Name: Far Map (Translated from Chinese)


Permissions
When the application is being installed, it requests permissions to perform the following actions:
  • Access information about networks
  • Access information about the WiFi state
  • Access location information, such as Cell-ID or WiFi
  • Access location information, such as GPS information
  • Allow access to low-level power management
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Check the phone's current state
  • Create new SMS messages
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages
  • Open network connections
  • Prevent processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Read SMS messages on the device
  • Send SMS messages


Installation
Once installed, the application waits for SMS messages containing commands. The application will display an icon with three colored circles with some Chinese characters.



Functionality
The application receives commands from SMS messages sent to the device.

The commands received by the application may invoke the following function:
Command "##fMapReq" instructs the application to send the device's GPS Location to a predetermined phone number
    You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your device has been affected by this risk.


    Install Norton Mobile Security
    If you do not already have Norton Mobile Security installed on your device, please download the product from the Google Play Store .

    Alternatively, you can navigate to the norton.mobi website from your device and download the product from there by completing the following steps:
    1. Select the 90-Day free download.
    2. Select the Android icon to begin downloading the product.
    3. Select Install in order to accept the permissions that are being requested by the program.
    4. Next, select Open and then Agree & Launch.

    Note: The first time the product runs, you will be required to enter a code that is displayed on the screen in order to activate the product. Enter the provided code and select Submit .


    Run a full system scan
    Run a full system scan using Norton Mobile Security to remove this risk from the device. To do this, please perform the following actions:
    1. Navigate to the Anti-Malware tab.
    2. Select Scan Now.


    Manual removal
    To remove this risk manually, please perform the following actions:
    1. Open the Google Android Menu.
    2. Go to the Settings icon and select Applications.
    3. Next, select Manage.
    4. Select the application and select Uninstall.
    Writeup By: Daniel Xiang