Norton Mobile Security app for Android has a Chinese digital signature??

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  1. bmcewan

    bmcewan Registered Member

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    I've been testing this free Google Play Signature app on my Android devices. It displays installed apps based on the information in each app's digital signatures. I was really surprised to see that Symantec's Norton Mobile Security app for Android is signed with a digital certificate from China. Given the extraordinarily long list of permissions that this app uses, the signature is of some concern.

    Does anyone know the story with software development at Symantec? Have they outsourced some development to China? Inquiring minds want to know...

    Screenshot:
    http://lh6.ggpht.com/6Dg49cWsWC0xkM75WvBUCqknDc08dliYK5zK6QYv-iG4jOtmsgNemgZ_htho0Cp7Sg=h900
     
  2. vojta

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    I'm totally concerned! I don't want a Chinese backdoor in my device, only all-American ones!!!
     
  3. bmcewan

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    LOL. Everyone probably has a different country that they are paranoid about.

    But this product isn't just an antivirus, it's a mobile device finder, remote lock, etc. So it tracks your location, can take pictures of you in stealth, read your contacts, email and text msgs, impersonate you and send email or text in your name, draw on top of other apps, etc. Like I said, the developer country was surprising, but it's the combination of country and the longest list of Android permissions that I've ever seen.
     
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  4. siketa

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    Are those signed by NSA?
    :D
     
  5. stuart99

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    Interesting find!! By the way, this is the list of Android permissions for Norton Antivirus:

    android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
    android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION
    android.permission.ACCESS_LOCATION_EXTRA_COMMANDS
    android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
    android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
    android.permission.BATTERY_STATS
    android.permission.BLUETOOTH
    android.permission.BLUETOOTH_ADMIN
    android.permission.BROADCAST_STICKY
    android.permission.CALL_PHONE
    android.permission.CAMERA
    android.permission.GET_PACKAGE_SIZE
    android.permission.GET_TASKS
    android.permission.INTERNET
    android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS
    android.permission.MOUNT_FORMAT_FILESYSTEMS
    android.permission.MOUNT_UNMOUNT_FILESYSTEMS
    android.permission.READ_CALENDAR
    android.permission.READ_CALL_LOG
    android.permission.READ_CONTACTS PPP
    android.permission.READ_LOGS
    android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE
    android.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    android.permission.READ_SMS
    android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED
    android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS
    android.permission.RESTART_PACKAGES
    android.permission.SEND_SMS
    android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW
    android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
    android.permission.WRITE_CALENDAR
    android.permission.WRITE_CALL_LOG
    android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS
    android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
    android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    android.permission.WRITE_SMS
    com.android.browser.permission.READ_HISTORY_BOOKMARKS
    com.android.browser.permission.WRITE_HISTORY_BOOKMARKS
    com.android.vending.BILLING
    com.maf.ce.usage
    com.sec.android.provider.logsprovider.permission.READ_LOGS
    com.sec.android.provider.logsprovider.permission.WRITE_LOGS
    com.symantec.permission.ACCESS_NORTON_SECURITY
    com.symantec.permission.UNLOCK
     
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    :thumb: :)
     
  7. vojta

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    I use a HIPS on my computer and I always grant all privileges and permissions to whichever antivirus or any other security software that is installed on my system. If you can be attacked anywhere in your system the antivirus must be able to access any part of it. It's natural that an antivirus asks for every single permission available.
     
  8. Vladimyr

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    I was misled by the Title. I was expecting to see the digital signature in Chinese characters!
     
  9. Taliscicero

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    所以你說我的防毒軟體是壞因為其來自中國嗎?你知道中國是偉大的文明正確,不應立即不信任。
     
  10. Vladimyr

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    I was just making a joke about the title of this thread. I have no reason to distrust software on the basis of it's country of origin.
     
  11. Taliscicero

    Taliscicero Registered Member

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    I was making a joke, about your joke about the title.
     
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    Nonetheless, I won't use it or any chinese designed software that "phones home" on an internet enabled device.
     
  13. Macstorm

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    Why the concern? Aren't we living in a globalized world? :D
     
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