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Are Web Services vulnerable to CSRF?

I'm testing an android application, it uses web services for every action, so I saw the requests don't have tokens or another anti-automation mechanism, they just need to validate a token to identify ...
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Wasn't WhatsApp messages already encrypted?

According to this article, which was written in 2014, WhatsApp had partnered with Open Whisper System to make its (text based) messages encrypted. So what's the big change now that Whatsapp's ...
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SSL Certificate in my hosting makes me change my java code?

Sorry for my stupid question. But I really want to know what is gonna happen.. I have a webservice hosted over the http protocol. I wanna buy an SSL certificate to have my webservice hosting with ...
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Security implications of Android apps that require Accessibility access

Occasionally, an Android app will require access to Accessibility services. As an example, see App Hibernator. What are the security implications of allowing an app access to Android's Accessibility ...
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Do Android Security Measures Work on an Unlocked Bootloader?

Let's assume we have an Android device with: Unlocked bootloader Full Device Encryption Password lockscreen Will Android security measures (FDE and password lock) still be able to prevent data ...
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Can play store applications be tampered with by Google?

Can play store applications be tampered with by Google? I understand that other apps are "unsigned" so you need to have applications from unknown sources turned on. However, Google Apps are "signed" ...
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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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Have there been any known “in the wild” exploits of any Google Chrome (Android) 40.0.2214.89 vulnerabilities?

https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-1224/product_id-15031/version_id-179594/Google-Chrome-40.0.2214.89.html I looked for any news about them and couldn't find anything. Anyone ...
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Is attacking a password manager on android with root access a plausible concern?

There is a password manager app for Android that I'm considering using, that reads a database format for a popular desktop password manager. There is one part of this app that is giving me pause; I've ...
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Java / Android Client-Server application. Digital certificates and CAs

I'm currently developing an application for Android that will allow users to back up their data on a server, which I am also developing in Java. I've pretty much completed the development of the ...
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Network Security with EAP: PEAP and Phase 2: MSCHAPv2?

I want to connect to my college WiFi but I’m worried about the security (data leakage, hacks, MITM). The configuration I used to connect to my college WiFi is as follows, EAP: PEAP Phase 2: MSCHAPv2 ...
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Android full disk encryption

I am using Android 4.4.4. There is an option called phone storage encryption. From what I have read the crypto is secure. However, I read this article which said Google is able to reset passwords: ...
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Can Chrome browser history be seen on work wifi, even if not re-loaded?

I use the work wifi daily but am always conscious of using work related sites. However Android tends to keep most apps running in the browser so my windows(tabs) are never essentially closed down. ...
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How to check and trust call encryption software

There are lots of software for mobile operating systems providing end-to-end encryption. What is the best way to decide which one is trustworthy if their source is not revealed? Reverse engineering ...
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Exploitation of Reflected XSS on Android App

I am trying to do a security evaluation of an android application. I came across a situation where one of the activities of the app displays certain form fields in a webview. This form is very ...
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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 ...
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Is signing android apk file with SHA1 digest secure enough?

Google command line example for signing apk files: $ jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore my-release-key.keystore my_application.apk alias_name source: ...
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Writing payload into android device listening for adb debug messages

On msfconsole, if I type info exploit/android/adb/adb_server_exec I got on description part the following: Writes and spawns a native payload on an android device that is listening for adb ...
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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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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using an Android phone. Is it possible for spyware to transmit data even when I don't have any internet plan/connection? Can it use some other way, say, cellular network etc.? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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Is it reckless to use an Android app to login to a server with SSH?

There is a very similar question here. Recently I came across an Android app that facilitates SSH and requires no permissions. Specifically, "Telnet / SSH Simple Client" by Advanced Planning Corp.. ...
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Triangulate a mac adress

Last Sunday my iMac was stolen by a burglar. On Monday it showed up on 'find my mac'. Good police work and a lot of luck ended up in me retrieving my device that was on a location more than 50 meter ...
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Selling Android phone [duplicate]

I am selling my phone with Android and I am looking for a way how to ERASE everything without a chance for recovery (without hammering :D). I came across several articles that states we should encrypt ...
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Regarding Mobile Application Penetration Testing

I am new in mobile application penetration testing. Just curious to know, whether we need to perform the penetration testing on rooted devices or non rooted devices. Why and why not? I have searched ...
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encrypting data while in memory

What is the best way to protect sensitive text input and store it in memory until form submission is complete and then clear it out shortly thereafter? I'm looking to protect sensitive information ...
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Are Android Snapdragon Vulnerabilities a Real-World threat already?

The newly disclosed vulnerabilities CVE-2016-0819 and CVE-2016-0805 are based on vulnerable kernel or kernel-related code. These two vulnerabilities combined can lead to unintended root access. Did ...
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Does rooting an Android Phone make it Vulnerable? [closed]

If android os in a device is rooted , will it be safe to use it in public networks where possibilities of attacks is more.
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Can the Android Snapdragon Vulnerabilities be used to root a phone permanently?

Would it be possible to use the discovered vulnerabilities (CVE-2016-0819 and CVE-2016-0805) to root a phone permanently without any dataloss and install applications like SuperSU?
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Is it safe to use an Android Server Monitoring App, to login to a server with SSH?

Lately I have seen some Android Apps, (CPU Monitoring and things like that) that need access to your root account, ask you for username and pass, my questions are: Is it safe to give access to an ...
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Disabling android application debug mode as a security practice

There's a security practice which says you should not publish your android application with debug mode enabled. While an attacker can use apktool to decompile your application, enable the debug flag ...
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Strange SMS received on Android phone. Is this an exploit? Should I be concerned?

I am using an Android phone. I received an SMS from an unknown number today which had the following content: #Gege%wghatdanaipop%^ *%95bornioke:&67; ///Hackmaster&67;-&67" ...
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How do I verify HTTPS connections in Mobile apps?

There are a lot of mobile apps nowadays with payment gateways support. However, unlike desktop browsers, these mobile apps do not show us an 'Address bar' by which we can identify a HTTPS connection. ...
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Does Java/Dalvik's Java Native Interface JNI make Android prone to better attacks?

Java has a feature named Java Native Interface (JNI), which allows to call native machine code function from inside the Java's bytecode. This feature allows effectively running machine native code ...
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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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Single button click mobile direct carrier billing fraud

A friend of mine had just had the following happen: He visited a website with the mobile phone using Chrome Mobile on Android An advertisment poped up that covered the whole page There was no close ...
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Can I secure android device(root is an option) running Lollipop from public security holes like Stagefrigh?

I checked the device with VTS for Android and it got some publicly known security holes. Marshmallow is not an option. So is there any way to secure a device running Lollipop from Stagefright etc by ...
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Android auto complete and passwords

I have an Android phone and when I enter a password in a password field (bank application or other), the auto complete system proposes to complete the password. I expected password not to be saved by ...
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Is Android's Password Screen Lock Enough Data Theft Protection?

With the exception of the SD card data, is Android's built-in password/pin/pattern screen lock enough to protect data stored in your phone's internal storage in case of theft? Or can a thief simply ...
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How to protect my email and social media accounts?

Someone been hacking my account. It seems the person is expert hacker. I have had changed my password multiple times. They seems to know personal details of my life and things on my gmail and facebook ...
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How to decrypt a microSD card after a factory reset of the device used to encrypt it?

Two month ago, I encrypted my Micro SD card in my Android device (Samsung Galaxy S5) for security purposes, and yesterday I forgot to decrypt it whilst removing the card I and factory resetting the ...
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Money stolen via Android malware Port 4000 remote anything exploit

As background, my business bank account was compromised. The compromise also involved call forwarding of a smartphone. So they got bank credentials and cell phone credentials. I initially suspected ...
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How do I know if Google keyboard input is safe for use?

I wanted to send out a message containing some non-Latin characters on my Android phone. When I tried to change the keyboard input method, a warning came out: ATTENTION This input method may be ...
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Information Security on a lost android phone

Recently, my android mobile phone was lost/stolen. I had logged into several applications such as Facebook, Paytm, etc. Thus, there are chances that my personal/ transaction details might be leaked. ...
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Android devices are unable to connect to Rogue Acces point created using Airbase-ng

I have created a rogue access point using airbase-ng, but I can't connect to it using my android phones (note II, S4), when I tap on the access point all I get is: Obtaining IP address...', than ...
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Is Trillian application unsafe? (Got “Someone has your password” message from Google)

Trying to connect to GoogleTalk from the Trillian app for Android (a universal instant messenger app), I got denied even with the correct password. Then Google e-mailed me saying that my password is ...
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What are the appropriate steps to take after installing a questionable Android app?

Situation: User installed an Android app from the Google Play Store. User's device is rooted, but that app does not have root privileges. XPrivacy reveals that the app is trying to make IPC ...
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Bluetooth attack against Android phone - could be successful?

Couple of days ago I attended a political demonstration. Amateur mistake, I know but I left my Bluetooth set to discoverable. I have a LG G2 running Android 5.0. Once during the demonstration I saw ...
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Does Android encryption really prevent law enforcement access?

Google recently announced that in Android L encryption would be turned on by default: For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they ...
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IMEI.info knows my phone before I put sim

Recently I brought a Moto G3 turbo phone, which I suspect is a factory reset by a seller from other customer, and dispatched to me. I search net for getting in if its factory reset, but non tricks ...