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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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Storing encryption passphrases in memory in Dalvik?

Given KeePassDroid, I'm considering some of the security implications of accessing KeePass databases on an Android device. In the native applications for Windows, OSX, and Linux, whenever the ...
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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 ...
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Implementation of different BCrypt versions

I'm fairly new to encryption, and I am investigating the different kind of encryptions. I want to encrypt passwords in a secure way. I discussed this with my colleague, and he said that BCrypt is the ...
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How secure is the private storage of a mobile app

Are there any know security flaws/hacks to gain access to the private storage(file system or SQLite database) of Android and iOS applications? What measures do Google and Apple take to "prevent" ...
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Is there a fool-proof method to remove spyware from android smartphone?

I am owning an android smartphone. I learnt that factory reset may not remove spyware as it might have corrupted the image being installed by factory reset. Is there a fool-proof method which ensures ...
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Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone?

I own samsung galaxy y, an android. I suspect my roommate has installed spyware in my phone. Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone ?
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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using android phone. Is it possible for spywares to transmit data even when I dont have any internet plan/connection ? Can it use some other way , say , cellular network etc ? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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Is it possible to store an android apk in SIM card and install it from there?

I suspect somebody has installed a spyware in my android smartphone. I have done factory reset, which is supposed to uninstall all apps in SD card and internal memory. I am curious about following. ...
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Trustworthy Android recovery image that allows rooting?

I have an unlocked but not rooted Android device (Nexus 7 2013 WiFi "flo", legitimately unlocked using fastboot oem unlock from an x86 computer). Neither adb root nor adb shell followed by su let me ...
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Forensic analysis of Android sqlite db's

In an extraction of com.facebook.katana/Database db files (fb.db and webview.db), I get: [fb.db] If I use an hexadecimal editor to open those files, even when there is no sqlite record named c_user, ...
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How reliable are device IDs provided by PhoneGap on Android and iOS?

I have a web application that allows users to add mobile devices to their accounts (using mobile app). Each device is uniquely referenced by its UUID. Mobile client is developed using PhoneGap, so ...
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Encrypted chat using any smartphone. Is it legal? [closed]

Here's my case. We have written app for Android smartphones which allows users to exchange secured cipher messages. For key-exchange we're using elliptic curve 112 bits, for messaging we're using DES ...
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Android access tokens and access to all google services

My questions is based on the asnwer on that question: Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app? So, as I understand when we setup google account on Android devices, it stores ...
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Is there a way to notify me when my Android phone connects to an unencrypted GSM network?

As far as I know when a phone connects to a GSM (2G or 3G) network, the connection is encrypted. When I get in range of let's say an IMSI Catcher, I imagine this connection will not be encrypted in ...