Shareit: Vulnerabilities in popular Android app

The Android app Shareit is popular for sharing files. But security researchers have discovered critical vulnerabilities that have not yet been fixed.

Shareit is a popular app that has had more than a billion downloads from the Google Play Store. The app is used to exchange and download files and requires very extensive permissions. In this way, Shareit can access the user memory and all files as well as the camera and microphone. The app can also delete other apps, create accounts and passwords and has access to the network.

This is apparently becoming a problem, how Trend Micro reported, because the security company has discovered a number of security gaps in Shareit. Thanks to the deep permissions, an attacker could access the user’s memory via the app and steal data or manipulate files and execute malicious code on the smartphone.

An attack could, for example, take place via a malicious app or a manipulated website. On the other hand, Shareit is apparently not sufficiently protected. Among other things, the app can execute and install apk files and also accepts downloads from non-encrypted websites. In this way, an attacker could inject a malware app.

Trend Micro researchers informed the developer about the security vulnerabilities three months ago. Since they have not yet received an answer, they have now published the vulnerabilities. If you use the app, you’d better delete it as long as there is no update available.

Shareit is also available for iOS, Windows and Mac. The report does not mention whether these versions also have vulnerabilities.

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