Avast confirms it tagged Google app as malware on Android phones

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Czech cybersecurity institution Avast confirmed that its antivirus SDK has been flagging a Google Android app arsenic malware connected Huawei, Vivo, and Honor smartphones since Saturday.

On affected devices, users were warned to instantly uninstall nan Google app because it could secretly nonstop SMS messages, download and instal different apps, aliases bargain their delicate information.

Others saw a different alert, telling them that nan Google app was a trojan that could supply distant entree to their instrumentality and let attackers to instal malware and bargain nan users' data.

The mendacious affirmative rumor was reported by users on Google's support forum (Vivo post), on Reddit (Vivo thread), on Huawei's forum, and various different Android communities.

"This information notification was not triggered by Google Play Protect and appears to beryllium from a instrumentality that is not Play Protect certified and does not person entree to officially download Google's halfway apps from Play," a Google spokesperson told BleepingComputer.

"We urge contacting nan instrumentality shaper for further information. Google Play is nan only app shop wherever you tin officially download Google's halfway apps for Android."

BleepingComputer besides reached retired to Huawei and Vivo, but we are yet to person a consequence from nan Chinese smartphone makers.

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Avast antivirus SDK down mendacious positive

While Google couldn't pinpoint nan information work aliases app that was triggering nan mendacious positive, Avast confirmed connected Tuesday that its Android antivirus SDK was nan 1 that mistakenly tagged nan Google Quick Search Box app launcher arsenic malware.

Avast said Huawei's Optimizer app showed nan malware alerts connected Huawei devices but didn't supply immoderate specifications regarding affected Honor and Vivo devices.

"On October 29th, it was reported to Avast that its antivirus Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android was incorrectly flagging nan Google Quick Search Box arsenic malware connected Huawei phones," nan company said.

"This SDK delivers nan antivirus constituent of Huawei's Optimizer app, a instrumentality guidance exertion that besides provides clean-up and capacity features."

The cybersecurity patient added that nan rumor only affected users extracurricular China and was addressed connected Monday, October 30.

"The rumor affected Huawei customers extracurricular of China only, and a mini number of Honor and Vivo customers. A hole was implemented connected October 30th which afloat resolved nan issue," Avast said.