Nationwide scores 67.8
Malcore scores the Nationwide mobile banking app at 67.8 threat points.
A note on these insights.
The findings outlined in this blog post were drawn from the condensed results of a Malcore scan. To review the exhaustive findings of Malcore’s static analysis of Nationwide’s mobile banking app APK, click the button below.
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High severity warnings from code analysis
App uses SQLite Database and execute raw SQL query. Untrusted user input in raw SQL queries can cause SQL Injection. Also sensitive information should be encrypted and written to the database.
Insecure Implementation of SSL. Trusting all the certificates or accepting self signed certificates is a critical Security Hole. This application is vulnerable to MITM attacks.
The App uses an insecure Random Number Generator.
App creates temp file. Sensitive information should never be written into a temp file.
This App has capabilities to prevent against Screenshots from Recent Task History/ Now On Tap etc.
Suspicious severity warnings from code analysis
Dangerous Labelled permissions from Android
Permissions which Android’s developers have labelled as “Dangerous”, per the documentation available here, are listed below.
Name: USE_CREDENTIALS Description: Allows an application to request authentication tokens.
Name: BLUETOOTH Description: Allows an application to view configuration of the local Bluetooth phone and to make and accept connections with paired devices.
Name: ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE Description: Allows an application to view the status of all networks.
Name: WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE Description: Allows an application to write to the SD card.
Name: MANAGE_ACCOUNTS Description: Allows an application to perform operations like adding and removing accounts and deleting their password.
Name: READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE Description: Allows an application to read from SD Card.
Name: AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS Description: Allows an application to use the account authenticator capabilities of the Account Manager, including creating accounts as well as obtaining and setting their passwords.
Name: READ_PHONE_STATE Description: Allows the application to access the phone features of the device. An application with this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and so on.
Name: WAKE_LOCK Description: Allows an application to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
Name: CHANGE_WIFI_STATE Description: Allows an application to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to configured Wi-Fi networks.
Name: READ_CONTACTS Description: Allows an application to read all of the contact (address) data stored on your phone. Malicious applications can use this to send your data to other people.
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