SHAREit, a popular file sharing app is in news for having vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to inject malicious codes by overwriting existing files. The Android app that has been downloaded over 1 billion times is reported to be susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, where threat actors can hijack the app features and take control of a user device.
Security research conducted by Trend Micro says that the flaw exists in the feature where users share files between friends or devices. And the flaw is said to be existing from the past three months, that could have allowed hackers to exploit the flaw as it is still unpatched.
Trend Micro after issuing repeated warnings to SHAREIt app makers made the flaw public as it helps in creating awareness among users on the danger lurking with the usage of the app.
Google has been informed about the issues in SHAREit code that could allow threat actors defect third party permissions with ease to take control of the app features.
ShareIT app that was owned by Lenovo company in the past has taken a note of the exploits being reported by Trend Micro and is said to be taking working on the fixes that will never allow threat actors to take control of the app.
Note- Founded in the year 2013, the file sharing app has also developed and shared a lot of other apps that include LOCKit, Cleanit, CloneIt, and S-player along with the lite version of the same app. Some countries like UK and India have either banned it on a permanent note or are seen discouraging the users in using such china backed apps from the past few months.