This article was originally published 7.3.2018 and refers to Version 1.9.3.20 of the blue mail app unless indicated differently

Update (8.3.2018): Blue Mail Inc. has rolled out another Update, to version 1.9.4.2. In this version, we did not observe transmission of password and username with a connected gmx account.

It all started with a test of the android app “Blue Mail“ which we asked our author and ppp tester Mike Kuketz to conduct. It is the first in a batch of mail apps we plan to test.

The result was shocking: If you manually connect an email account in Blue Mail, for example of the provider GMX which is very popular in Germany, the app transmits the password and the username to Blue Mail’s servers. The data is TLS encrypted but not further hashed.

POST /autoconfig?ver=1.0 HTTP/1.1
build: 12301
app_version: 1.9.3.20
brand: BL
and_id: b92ce315-6c20-4241-949c-c48466f66d5c
android_id: 12ecede7d032bacb
user_id: -1
device_id: undefined_device_id
country_code:
vendor_id: 12ecede7d032bacb
device_type: android
Content-Length: 89
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Host: mtu.bluemailapp.com
Connection: close

email=testmail%40gmx.de&password=testpass22%21%23&client_orig_account_type=other

This is not only unnecessary, as many trustworthy apps prove, but also widespread: As Kuketz continued testing email apps he found unnervingly many showing the same behavior: This is a preliminary list:

As the full test is now available here (in German), further details emerge: Blue Mail also reads the email headers of mails already in your inbox, extracts the email addresses from the headers and transmits them to Blue Mail servers. This means, mail addresses from the sender of emails are beeing transmitted to Blue Mail.

The app also collects the Android-ID for no obvious reason.

Blue Mail Inc. has reacted to the allegations via Twitter

The information in your article is not true and misleading. We do not store emails or passwords as you imply. BlueMail is a safe email client that communicates directly with email providers. BlueMail uses SSL & OAuth where applicable

and

We intend to make an official announcement today regarding our high-secured solution

Blue Mail also rolled out an update to Version 1.9.4 on March 06, claiming:

Secured app: we do not send passwords to our servers, or to any 3rd parties. Emails are not stored on our servers.

Retesting of version 1.9.4 by Mike Kuketz showed, that the App still transmits password and username, however. (also tls-encrypted).

POST /autoconfig?ver=1.0 HTTP/1.1
build: 12361
app_version: 1.9.4
brand: BL
and_id: 5e51947d-694b-49ea-8b74-eafc1d5c59d2
android_id: 12ccfde7d062cacd
user_id: -1
device_id: undefined_device_id
country_code:
vendor_id: 12ccfde7d062cacd
device_type: android
Content-Length: 79
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Host: mtu.bluemailapp.com
Connection: close

email=testmail%40gmx.de&password=666test123&client_orig_account_type=other

This leaves us fairly speechless. Blue Mails reaction via dm on Twitter, on 07.03.2018 at 20:49 pm:

please test 1.9.4.1

So apparently, a second update was rolled out today. Blue Mail also published a statement, claiming – again – that passwords are not being transferred to blue mail servers. The statement refers to version 1.9.4.1.