Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.

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What is the strategy used by the itunes store and Google Play to protect and securely install applications on eligible devices?

The requirements for a system like itunes store or google play are as follows; identify and authenticate the user determine if the user has paid for a given app if s/he has, securely transmit the ...
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What is a secure mechanism for wireless communication between Android and Ubuntu?

I have come across a few Android apps that provide various features for communicating with a desktop machine (sending text or typing in one direction or another, controlling the desktop pointer with ...
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How secure could the LastPass Android application be with a four-digit PIN?

I use LastPass for Android with the PIN option. After having entered my full Lastpass password the first time that I used the app, now when opening the application I have access to all my passwords ...
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Memory dumping Android

I need to evaluate the security of a cryptographic library. In particular I am targeting a part of the library where I believe the private key is exposed for a limited time in the RAM. Any ideas or ...
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(Android) hacking server by a simple socket

I have written an Android game. Now, I want to connect the marks of the players. The code below is the client side program, which send their names, countries and marks to the server. Basically, I use ...
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Is a android app signing certificate unique?

The Certificates that are used to sign Android applications are generated by the user and not checked or signed by any authority. They are RSA or DSA Certificates and as i read on ...
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Android Kitkat reports: “Network May Be Monitored by an Unknown Third Party” when using non-default root CA

My company uses a private PKI to handle such scenarios such as Mutual auth (TLS) to a website using client certificates SSL web server certificates on an Intranet (once a VPN session is ...
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Mobile authentication

I'm currently working on an Android app in which I want to authenticate someone against an REST API. I want to do this as secure as is (cost-)effective/possible/userfriendly. I've been looking around ...
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Does using a non Nexus/Google Play Editon Android device have a higher security risk? [closed]

The fact that carriers deploy the latest security updates to Android devices much later than Google does to Google Play Edition and Nexus devices, should we avoid using those devices altogether?
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Android's Encryption mechanism

Well, according to my Android smartphone, it says the phone has been encrypted. Should I be worried if it has a malware or if I get hacked because I once clicked a link on a certain website then I ...
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Where do I get “Mercury” by MWR InfoSecurity? [closed]

Mercury is a really great tool for android pen-testing as well as android forensics. However, they stopped its development and now I get redirected to some product called drozer. Does anyone know ...
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Storing SSH private keys on an Android device

(I'm not sure if this better belongs on unix.se or android.se, but since it's primarily security-related, I'm asking it here) I use my Android device to access servers for quick on-the-go ...
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How do you capture ALL the traffic from an Android app?

I want to capture all the traffic from an Android app for its pen-testing. How do I do that? Here's what I've already tried: I installed the app on an emulator and started the emulator with a ...
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copy protection (or licensing) mechanism for an android app

I am trying to implement a copy protection (or licensing) mechanism for an android app. The app is not distributed through Google Play or other online market and instead it is distributed through ...
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Heartbleed check for mobile and mobile apps

I have run a heartbleed detector from Lookout on my Android phone. It says: The version of openSSL is affected by the heartbleed bug but the vulnerable behaviour is not enabled. What does it ...
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“A third party is capable of monitoring your network activity” with client certificates?

I installed the CAcert root certificates on my Android device (not rooted), so that I could visit websites with server CAcert certificates without getting the "certificate not trusted" warning. But ...
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Share and store RSA - public key in java server and vice versa

My requirements are: Requirement 1: Share public key to java server. Steps: Generate public-private keys in iOS app. Store the generated keys in keychain. Send generated public key to java server. ...
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How do Android reverse engineering tools extract packages/ package hierarchy present in Android apps? [closed]

I have been involved in disassembling Android apps using baksmali and dexpler. Whenever I disassemble an app, I find the packages and package hierarchy (that would have been available in development ...
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Obfuscation and Mobile App

Recently, I stumbled with this topic in my mind for few days. I understand that obfuscation is not the best protection against reverse engineering. I wonder if there is another method that make it ...
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Preventive security action in Android App

Currently, I'm developing a bank related android app. I would share my knowledge and also maybe you guys are more expert than me so you can add your ideas to the list. Bank is a very special client. ...
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Tablet / phone app security in unsecured networks

Although reluctant to use my laptop on unsecured networks, I at least know that without me launching any processes or logging into certain web pages, that I will not be sending any credentials over ...
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Decline any custom ssl certificate in a mobile application

Consider the following scenario. Eve creates an access point in a public place. Alice connects to the AP via mobile phone and starts browsing the Web. Eve redirects Alice to a registration page and ...
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MITM SSL connection

I read this article today about an SSL MITM. I am trying to understand this attack. This may be a naive question. My understanding is that the WebView sends a request to domain name, the server ...
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How does Android filesystem encryption work?

I'm interested in encrypting my Android devices for security in the (hopefully will-never-happen) event of the phone being recovered by an unknown/unauthorized person. How does Android filesystem ...
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App permissions to access hardware “at any time without your confirmation”

On Android applications now some applications say that they want access to things such as speaker or camera "at any time without your confirmation". I wasn't sure if this meant that it does not ...
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Why is the SSL handshake not shown in Wireshark?

I am trying to figure out if some Android applications with login functions are vulnerable to man in the middle attacks or not. I have set up a MITM proxy (as an attacker) on my lubuntu machine and ...
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Encrypt Android app data and send to web service

I want to develop an Android app that may contain sensitive personally identifying information (national ID number, phone number, etc.) among other data that will be stored in an Android phone. Let's ...
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Can any Google Play Store tampering be detected?

I've read this Android developers page regarding code signing that states: You can use self-signed certificates to sign your applications. No certificate authority is needed. I have also read ...
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Should I encrypt data sent via Android intent?

I want to develop two Android apps that will communicate via intents (on the same device). When the two apps transfer confidential data, should they encrypt it? Or does the Android OS guarantee (or ...
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Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
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Why does Android mix phone state with phone identity?

The "Phone State" permission on Android is widely requested by many apps. The explanation often given by the developer is that the app needs it in order to determine when you're on the phone, to stop ...
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Is Google API Key a sensitive information that needs to be protected?

I'm making use of google API for location (in Android, iOS apps).. Can the key be hardcoded? Or should it be protected? If It's sensitive, why is it sensitive and how can attackers exploit this?
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What SSL/TLS ciphers do each version of Android support? [duplicate]

What ciphers do each Android device support? Update: More specific not SSL or TLS versions but the actual ciphers such as ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256, etc. Android 2.3? Android 3.x? Android ...
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Can a rogue app hijack an ssl session of another app on the same phone?

We've been discussing a possible attack vector where a rogue app with root rights could hijack the legit ssl session of anther local app and transmit its own data over it without the server being able ...
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Ads embeeded in phone apps - what is accessible?

Imagine you are developing a "free" app for android & iphone and want to refinance yourself through using some sketchy ad service. Does an app delveloper have to worry that the ad content he ...
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why credentials are not shown in mitmproxy?

my question is that why I can not see some credentials in mitmproxy while the application connecting to, uses ssl connection? I actually installed the mitmproxy server on my PC and have set up my ...
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Authenticating Users from Android with PHP Webservice

I'm creating a simple Android application which requires reading and writing values to the cloud. I intent to use PHP for the webservice. But I'm a little confused over the authentication scheme. I ...
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Restrict request to Android and Iphone App only?

I have a ASP.NET/IIS server. I want to restrict my server to only accept request from Android and Iphone(IOS) applications. I have heard about HMAC. Can HMAC help me?
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Can you generate Diffie-Hellman parameters quickly [closed]

I am working on an android project for school and I am supposed to do a DHKE(Diffie Hellman Key Exchange). Everything works well, the problem is that it takes a lot of time (really a lot) to generate ...
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Retrieve, from a failed wifi hotspot connection attempt, the password posted [closed]

I want to get the wrong password that a user enters at a wifi hotspot on android. I just want to know if this is possible on android and if so how.
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What happens if you run out of password attempts?

In Samsung Knox, you have 20 password attempts. However, it is never explained what happens if you run out of attempts. Does it delete your Knox data, do you need to enter the recovery PIN or is it ...
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Android and FIPS

I've recently been tasked with a research project to write a "secure messaging application" using "government approved protocols" (the government being the USA). I'm taking this to mean asymmetric ...
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What is the strength of the key derivation function on Android device encryption?

What is is strength of the key derivation? Specifically, how many milliseconds or microseconds would it take a desktop computer to check a guessed password to see if it is a match? I am aware this ...
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How can I ensure that an android app was installed on a physical device and not an emulator?

I want to avoid people installing the app on virtual devices. Is there any way to tell this? What is best you could do? Ideally what i want to prevent as a whole is one person or entity creating ...
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Detecting Malware in the android App [closed]

I've been given an APK file, and before re-distributing to the "market" I want to make sure the given android app does not contain the malware. How can I do that ? Business use case is similar like : ...
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Is there any useful Android app for security assessments? [closed]

I've been thinking for a while about whether or not ask this, as it may be a opinion-based question, but as I have seen a couple of non-closed questions about recommended books, so I think this is the ...
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What are the major vulns that affect the Dalvik VM of Android?

I frequently hear about the security risks of using Android. But few people who write articles on this subject ever identify what parts of Android are at fault, nor do they identify design flaws. Can ...
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Sniff HTTP(S) from PPTP VPN server

I've setup an PPTP VPN server on my Debian 7 server. I'm using this VPN in combination with my Android phone to ensure a secure connection. However, i'm getting curious of what my phone is sending ...
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Do modern Android devices provide access to their Secure Elelement in some way?

I'd like to know if latest generation Android devices provide an application with access to their Secure Element in some way (other than by way of the NFC interface, which is #1 application of the ...