OWASP AppSec DC 2012/Android in the Healthcare Workplace A Case Study

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The Presentation

With Android tablets and phones taking over the market share of the mobile landscape; companies are starting to develop enterprise applications for this. I work for a Home Health company, basically think of visiting nurses. We have a 75% mobile workforce and we migrated our primary platform to Android. Having the need to verify our vendor's claims, I decided to test the app from a standard web app perspective. The application is designed for the mobile staff to sync their work back to the "cloud." What I found was truly alarming. Not only was the app NOT using SSL, it was very easy for me to analyze the packets and get information out of them which would allow me to gain access to PHI. In order for the application to be configured, only two pieces of information are need; the server name and agent ID. Both I was able to get in plaintext and hex out of the captured packets. With this information I would be able to configure the application and impersonate the agent id I captured. This could potentially allow me to access several hundred patient records which are protected by HIPAA.

The Speakers

Thomas Richards

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Thomas Richards is an IT professional located in Rochester, NY. He currently is responsible for network and system administration for a medium sized Healthcare company. He has always had an interest in the security field and currently holds the OSCP, OSWP, GPEN, and Security+ certifications.

In his spare time he conducts vulnerability research and is an active participant in his local 2600 group.


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