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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Fake Access Point, Victim gets “Connection Refused”

I'm kinda having some problem with a Fake AP I have, it was working just fine but when I was trying a new script my dhcpd broke and I had to reinstall it and just out of the blue when every an android ...
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Can malware spread via bluetooth file transfer in Android?

I am aware of some malware that spreads when two devices are paired using Bluetooth; but can malware spread when sending a clean file to someone or receiving it via bluetooth ? If so, does it need ...
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“Encrypt and wipe” procedure on Android Lollipop?

I know a lot of people are advocating an "encrypt and wipe" procedure for selling used Android phones. But according to the AOSP website, in Android 5.x Lollipop: Created fast encryption, which ...
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How to determine if it is safe to install apk files from alternative android app stores?

Several sites offer APK downloads (1, 2, 3). Is there a way to determine if a given website/apk is safe to install?
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What security practices should I keep in mind during development? [closed]

I am beginning to develop apps for Android and iOS that make API calls to a PHP web application that I will be developing. Users will be required to sign up with a username, password, and (optional) ...
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How exactly does the Stagefright Vulnerability work on Android?

Digital Trends describes the Stagefright Vulnerability thus: The exploit in question happens when a hacker sends a MMS message containing a video that includes malware code. What’s most alarming ...
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How can common users defend against the StageFright vulnerability?

I was just informed of the StageFright vulnerability in Android devices. A specially crafted MMS message can gain access to data on the phone; so presumably it's a buffer overflow with subsequent ...
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How do I allow only app to view/download files from server?

I have an Android app that uploads and downloads pictures from my dedicated server. However, before I go live, I want to know if there is some way I can secure the server to allow only my app to ...
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Attack on Androids Encryption called FROST

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/150536-how-to-bypass-an-android-smartphones-encryption-and-security-put-it-in-the-freezer I read this article about FROST and in the comments someone was stating ...
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How does an android device/os prevent me from getting root?

I have never used an android phone and so hopefully this is not a bad question to ask. I know on iOS the kernel itself is signed and so cannot be extended and all applications are signed. Hence I ...
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Is it possible to secure an Android Intent from other calls from apps?

I'm looking at the architecture of Android and want to come up with a service that allows for multiple applications (3rd party) to call a local android service and fetch data. Think of this as a ...
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Using .apk files to reverse_tcp and exploit on android? [closed]

I have been able to install and run the application that I plan on exploiting. Once the app is running I am able to exploit the application. In my testing environment I am able to do this just fine. ...
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Encryption of settings/credentials in mobile apps - what threats does this protect against?

I have been decompiling Android apps recently. In a sample of 37 apps, 12 of these use some form of custom encryption/obfuscation to store settings and credentials on the device. By necessity, the ...
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Risks when connecting Public WLAN networks [closed]

I want to refer with my question directly to a question posted on the forum before. wifi topic I am running teamviewer on my android which is not rooted and i am not using a firewall on it. I guess ...
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What should I do when I found a strange email on my phone?

Today I found a strange email (not sended, just a draft) on my android smartphone, and this is not good. The screen was on standby and when I pressed the on/off button to see the clock, I found a ...
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Phonegap/Cordova InApp pinlock, difference if its on Java Layer/HTML5 layers?

I am going to build a PIN lock on Phonegap, trying to understand the security layer. As Phonegap is just a webview, it can be easily altered, if you are connected to a device. I believe that you can ...
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How do I get rid of the Total Ad Performance malware from my Android? [closed]

My Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has been infected by a malware that redirects my browsers to either one of the two websites: www.totaladperformance.com or www.admomi.com. I have the paid version of ...
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Could one fit a root application in sim card

In the third Mr.Robot episode a character inserted a Micro-SD card in a smartphone in order to root it and gain information, so I thought maybe someone could fit a root-kit on a Sim-card. Would that ...
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User account password hashing [duplicate]

We are developing a mobile app that includes a user account system. Currently, we have a system password flow like this: User enters password -> SHA-256 HMAC hash with key -> server -> SHA-256 ...
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Android disk encryption

When is the data on an Android phone encrypted? I am assuming here that the device is configured to have full disk encryption enabled. Is it only encrypted when the device is powered off and ...
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How to implement encrytion/decryption system using IV between mobile app and web service

In my app we are going to send encrypted data to the web service. I am using the following code to encrypt and decrypt the data - public class DecEn { private static final String password = ...
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Is there any way track a Andriod phone using IMEI Number [closed]

I have lost my phone and I have a IMEI number of it. However, the guy removed my SIM card. Is there any way to track who is using my phone?
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How CERT.rsa is interrelated with PackageInfo signatures

I am a newbie in security and cryptography, but I am developing Android applications and now wanna to dive deeper into the Android security mechanisms. I am trying to understand how CERT.rsa (as I ...
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Why not fix Android root exploit? [closed]

I see many scripts for hacking Android device and getting root, critical access level. I see millions of people apply this to their devices and do not understand the risks. Why don't Android ...
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Security risks for a simple network configuration screen in android [closed]

I am building an Android App that pulls chart information from a server where the connection is specified on this view Ideally, the end user will put in a valid host and port resulting in business ...
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Can you use ssh for secure inter app communication on the same device?

I use ssh to get an encrypted connection between servers and local machines all the time. It's fast, it's secure, and there's a way to do it in nearly every system programming language that I've used ...
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Open Source Software & Android Malware Campaigns [closed]

I am looking to find a report that lists malware campaigns launched against Open Source Software (OSS) and/or Android OS. Ideally, this report would have been published in 2014. I am trying to ...
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Looking for a Meterpreter binary for android

I tried meterpreter for android. The apk that is generated by metasploit by giving remote host ip & port and then run on target phone. I found it as a handy tool to access my phone remotely. I ...
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How to check if Android application is vulnerable to heartbleed

I Am trying to find if an android application is vulnerable to heartbleed vulnerability. I want to know how to check if the application is vulnerable to heartbleed by reversing the app file.
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Are deleted SMS still retrievable from Android-based phones? [closed]

I'm wondering whether deleted SMS on Android phones are retrievable? If so, how is this done? How can one avoid it?
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JDK and security for a Windows machine [closed]

I'm hoping to learn to develop Android apps, but for the tutorial I'm learning I need Android Studio. Is installing the JDK a bad move from a security stance on a Windows 8 machine? Edit- The ...
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common crypto and bouncy castle, PBKDF2 generation

I am working on an iOS app and android app, for iOS I am using common crypto, and for android bouncy castle. I noticed that in android when I generate PBKDF2, if I use a salt or pass ...
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Android wear, Tizen Encryption [closed]

Does Android Wear or Tizen for wearables offer hardware encryption? I have the Samsung Galaxy Gear S and I don't see an option, but was curious if it does it without any user intervention. I don't ...
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DDoS attacks targeting Android

I am currently studying some Android topics and I've been having difficulties finding answers regarding DDoS attacks. My question is: Are Android devices vulnerable to DDoS attacks or does Android ...
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Practical implications of 2014's android SOP vulnerability

For a project at university I have done research about all kinds of security issues, especially privacy-related ones, that have come up on mobile OS and applications over the last few years. One of ...
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Are phone apps vulnerable to XSS or CSRF? (Webview, Phonegap, chrometab)

I need to provide evidence that CSRF or XSS is possible on a phone... using PhoneGap, a Webview, or specifically a "Chrome Tab" or iOS equivalent. I believe in theory this is possible, and mitigation ...
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Ouath2 how does it work (Android client)

I have read a lot about Oauth2 but still cannot understand, how does it work. I will explain how do I understand this protocol. There are some main characters in Oauth protocol interaction. User, ...
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How to know which file is being sent in POST request by Android device?

I am using an Android Device. I make apps and generally use Burp Proxy to try to debug how my app's requests-response works. Recently I have noticed some anonymous request being sent by my device ...
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Does sending image files in http in a secure application pose any risk? [duplicate]

I came across this scenario recently, where a mobile application used for banking is sending HTTP requests for GIF images and HTTPS requests for all other transactions. But the requests to the GIF ...
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Enabling feature to log in as soon as right password is typed (without pressing enter)

My phone has an option for the PIN lock screen to unlock it as soon as the correct number is entered (without pressing enter). So for example if the password is 77912 then you only have to enter 77912 ...
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injecting javascript in webviews in Android

I am relatively new to mobile application security. Currently I am supposed to audit an android application which uses a webview to display some static FAQ page in an activity. The webview in ...
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Authentication, authorization in native mobile clients (Android)

I am developing native mobile client for store that requires user authentication in order to make purchases available. I have my web store page, authentication is provided by CMS (OpenCart). Now I ...
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Does My Neighbor Sniff My Mobile Data Through Wifi

i am using an Android phone which is connected to my home Wifi Device(Tp Link) DSL Connection. Can my neighbour hack my mobile and monitor my mobile traffic through software like WireShark, etc.?
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How would iOS or Android app “firewall” for extended permissions (location, etc) work?

I'm interested in blocking or reporting any application's usage of extended permissions, regardless if they are granted those rights, such as: GPS / Location / Wifi Radio signal data Telemetry My ...
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How easy is it for hackers to gain unauthorized access to resources on an Android phone?

I caught a segment of an NBC news story describing how hackers can access messages, phone conversations, location, camera, microphone, and more provided that they can install a malicious app on your ...
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How can I avoid buffer overflows when programming an Android app? [closed]

I'm just starting out in Android and I've gotten my head around general programming within Android, but I've recently started trying to research security within Android. What coding practices would ...
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How does Memory Corruption apply to Android?

I have researched several DoS attacks within Android e.g.: CVE-2015-1474 CVE-2013-5933 CVE-2013-4710 CVE-2012-6301 etc. And although I found DoS attacks within Android difficult to understand at ...
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What factors make Android app code vulnerable to Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks?

According to techtarget.com Cross-Site Request Forgery is: a method of attacking a Web site in which an intruder masquerades as a legitimate and trusted user. An XSRF attack can be used to ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to Directory Traversal?

Definition of Directory Traversal Directory traversal is a form of HTTP exploit in which a hacker uses the software on a Web server to access data in a directory other than the server's root ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to Cross-site scripting (XSS)?

Definition of XSS If you search the web, there are many different ways to define a cross site scripting attack. Simply put, XSS vulnerabilities occur when a malicious attacker is permitted to inject ...