Feeds

Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

Putting secret AWS keys in software is a big no-no

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Amazon's crackdown on mishandling AWS credentials has astonished one software developer, who says the cloud giant is reverse-engineering Android apps for inspection.

In this blog post, Raj Bala admitted his app included his private "AWS credentials as simple strings within the app itself”, and as a result, he's received a notice from Amazon warning him against the practice.

Bala removed the app from the Google Play after receiving Amazon's alert, which states among other things, that the app was “not developed according to AWS recommended security best practices”, since Bala appears to “have embedded [his] AWS Key ID (AKID) and its corresponding AWS Secret Key within the app”.

Storing a secret key in released software is a really bad idea because it means anyone can get hold of that information and use it to hijack the developer's account.

The rest of the note from Amazon provides instructions and its recommendations for using AWS credentials securely.

Bala notes that “Amazon or someone working with them is downloading apps from the Google Play Store and decompiling and/or otherwise inspecting them.” It seems reasonable to The Register that Amazon is cracking down on the sloppy use of AWS credentials by scanning through freely available apps.

As was reported at the Australian site ITNews last week, “thousands” of AWS secret keys have shown up in searches of source code hosted by Github, leaving some developers with unexpected bills once the world at large realized their credentials were hidden in plain sight. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION
You thought you were all alone? Nope – change your password, says ICO
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age
Kiwis to seek random investors for crowd-funded randomiser
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.