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Is it really true that Google knows most of the worlds wifi passwords

Computer World is reporting that Android devices phoning home have given Google a database with almost every wifi password in the world to it. Is this groundless hysteria, or a genuine concern? If ...
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Android side channels: what can one app observe about other apps?

What information can a malicious Android app observe about the behavior of other apps running on the same phone? In more detail, suppose app M is malicious and is running in the background. Suppose ...
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How can I make sure password hashing is secure on computers while not being prohibitively slow on mobile devices?

I'm new to cryptography and its implementations. I'm designing an Android app where an user enters a password to retrieve some encrypted data. After some research on possible solutions I ended up with ...
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Static analysis of Android applications using Androguard

I am building a project a part of which involves performing static analysis for Android applications. I know of Androguard and its tools that help in analyzing Android apks. But I am stuck and don't ...
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Safe parental control app for Android?

A lot of parents when they get smart phones (Android) for their children ask me whether I can install some kind of parental control app on the device (Even though I'm barely out of high school myself ...
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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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Adding one's own Cryptography Implementaion in Android

Since Android is allows for Java and Native implementation of Cryptography, I would like to know if we have to provide for a particular implementation of cryptographic algorithms(say just RSA for ...
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How does Look Out Secuirty and Anti-Virus determine if an app is harmeful?

For Android Lookout can scan an app before it is installed, and I think it scans a new app the first time it runs too. It displays the message "this app is safe" and I'm wondering, how does it ...
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Credential (et al) storage on Android - And general application credential storage inquiry [closed]

Please read before assuming this should go in another forum (like an android forum) - this is a Security question. Here is the scenario: Developing an health care based android application that has ...
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Android Device Support Lifecycles

A key consideration for most computer platforms is the availability of security patches for vulnerabilities which inevitably arise with them. Are there any available resources which provide ...
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How to sniff Bluetooth traffic using Android?

I have two Arduinos using Bluetooth to communicate one with another. Is it possible to sniff the Bluetooth conversation between the two devices? An Android solution would be great, I heard of hcidump ...
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How can I detect which background application is using the camera, microphone or GPRS?

I want to learn how to write and Android application that can detect a run time spy application. In this instance, a "spy application" is a background application that uses the camera, microphone and ...
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Writing Android Exploits [closed]

I want to learn how to detect and write exploits for the Android OS. I am a bit familiar with Linux and have some knowledge in scripting in ruby and python. I had learnt how to write Exploits for ...
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Why Google and smartphone manufacturers don't care about updates?

For Windows, Firefox/Chrome, Java, Flash critical updates are issued each couple weeks, and as far my understanding goes, it is REALLY bad not to install them ASAP. For my 3 year old Samsung ...
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Intercepting and reading SSL traffic generated by Android

I am trying to use my PC to capture, decrypt and analyse traffic from SSL sessions on my android tablet. So far, I have a ZAP proxy server set up, with a CA generated. On my android device, I have ...
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Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits?

This question is, perhaps, a tad too abstract for a Q&A site. But it's been playing on my mind for a while, so I'm throwing it out there. Modern systems seem to be increasingly centralised. An ...
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What is the impact of the Bluebox Android APK integrity vulnerability?

Bluebox have recently disclosed a vulnerability (Android security bug 8219321) in Android, that is getting a lot of coverage in the media. The title of the post is "Uncovering Android Master Key" - ...
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Can the Gmail password be recovered from the Android Gmail app?

I have an Android device with the Gmail app installed. This app can access the mailbox so there must be some kind of authentication data stored on the device (possibly an application specific ...
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Possible to safely send money via Paypal on public wifi networks?

I will be away for 1 month and during that time period I will have Internet access only via public wifi networks. I tried finding on the net tutorial on how to safely access and handle paypal ...
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FIPS Compliance for my Android project

I am working on a security-related project and have to make sure it is FIPS 140-2 compliant. According to my understanding, FIPS compliance is compliance at hardware as well as software level. ...
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Track an Android phone through its IMEI

My mobile phone got stolen few days back. I tried all possibilities to track it, the only option is through IMEI. Can I know which SIM card is running on that specific IMEI?
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Android Encryption and USB Access

I'm investigating device encryption for my Android, but what is the impact on internal storage and external SD? Also, if the device is used as a flash drive or livedisk (DriveDroid), will I run into ...
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How to properly delete all data from cell phones?

Lately I've been thinking to get rid of some old smartphones; among them an Android device and a Blackberry. Not selling or recycling them is the ideal solution, however, I still would like to know ...
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Why do a lot of Android apps (like Linkedin) require many unrelated privileges?

I wanted to install the Linkedin app on my Android phone and I was shocked when it asked for nearly all possible permissions including reading all of my private data and calendar data. Why does any ...
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Starting point for Mobile Device Security particularly in a MDM setting?

I am looking for some good reference material (books, blogs, names, etc..) regarding Mobile Device Security. I am specifically interested in Corporate Mobile Device Management (MDM) where often ...
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How secure are iPhone/Android/Windows 8 “PIN”/Pattern Lock features?

Most modern (and tablet-oriented) operating systems now offer alternative ways of logging on other than a strong password. For example, iPhones offer a 4-digit PIN, Android devices offer this and a ...
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What is the difference between Serial Number and Thumbprint?

I have problems to understand what the difference between the Serial Number of a certificate and its SHA1 Hash is. the MSDN says: Serial number A number that uniquely identifies the ...
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Android soft keyboard architecture

I am new to Android. I am trying to figure out how exactly a soft keyboard on an Android device works. What exactly is the 'behind the scenes' process that takes place so that the application is ...
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How secure is wiping an encrypted Android device?

based on my previous knowledge, I know that the iPhone has hardware encryption implemented on recent models. When we issue the "Erase all contents and settings" command, the encryption keys are ...
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how malware is added to android app [closed]

I'm working on securing apps from malware attack in project. I just want to know how app is repackaged with malware. Because for reverse engg. we've apktool, dex2jar, Java decompiler. But how ...
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Strong encryption for base64 encoded public key in Android

I want to know how I can achieve strong encryption of a public key present in my Android application. It's Android's advice that To keep your public key safe from malicious users and hackers, do ...
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Android shared library integrity protection

Is there a way to somehow 'protect' a native shared library (.so) for the Android platform against binary changing? E.g. someone could overwrite a JMP instruction with a NOP after reverse engineering ...
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How do anti-virus apps for Android work?

There seems to be a lot of anti-virus apps for Android. On a desktop or server an anti-virus must run with super-user privileges, however I am pretty sure these mobile anti-viruses are running as an ...
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Is it possible to get data out of running application from non-rooted phone

I'am writing some small security report about Android devices in general related to accessing information from RAM. Main condition is that device initially is non-rooted. Use case: User opens ...
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Is GPG suitable as part of a password manager and generator?

I assume that GPG is very strong to crack, guess, etc. Since I have confidence in GPG, would it be appropriate to use my GPG key as the master key for a password manager or generator?
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Recovering encrypted SD card after Android Factory Reset

I was using Active Sync on my Android Galaxy S2 and as a result it enforced encryption of the phone and SD card. Phone did a factory resync and now data on SD card is still encrypted. Is there a way ...
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Google Cloud Messaging Spoof

I have few question on security of Google Cloud Messaging Service (GCM) Is it possible to spoof messages that GCM server sends to android clients? Does server pushes data in encrypted format? Data ...
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Is there cryptographic material in a phone's SIM card that can be used with RSA encryption?

Given that a smart card stores a private key that can't be extracted, it appears that a SIM card is similar to a smart card in these respects. I need to store (or use an existing) private key on a ...
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Encrypt data within mobile app and send to web service

I'm developing a mobile application for Android and iOs. What is best practice when it comes to data encryption within the mobile application which will be sent to a web service? Basically I will ...
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Android / CyanogenMod encryption vs GNU/Linux

Hi I am trying to understand how encrypting an Android based phone works compared to a GNU/Linux host which relies on LUKS dm-crypt. Here is what I understand: Encrypted LVM on GNU/Linux is an ...
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Can Android phone running without SIM card be tracked (localized) by police?

I am running an Android phone without a SIM card. I am using it for web surfing. Can the police localize my phone using the cell towers (BTS)? In other words, I know Android phones emit radiations ...
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Strange android app … possibly a mass malware?

I started receiving on my android Samsung Galaxy note strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of china). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page ...
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Android Runtime Code Injection

I'm doing research for a static analysis tool to help detect malware in Android applications. I'm wondering if it is possible to perform code injection on Android without using a class loader. I ...
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Can wifi administrator see data transfer over android phone. precisely gmail app communication

sometimes I connect to wifi outside my home in office , restaurants and friends house. I want to know if wifi administrator can see the exact data my android phone communicates? I am only concerned ...
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How to use phone's Wifi tethering to demonstrate security vulnerabilities on phones [closed]

I am teaching a course to highschool students about computers, and I wanted to do something different for tomorrow class. I was thinking to teach them about wifi security vulnerabilities through a ...
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Android apk malware

I was browsing some website last night and that website suddenly sent me an apk called 'browser_update_install.apk', DrWeb light detect it and was able to delete it. My question here is about the apk ...
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Sending secure information from app with ssl

I'm a web developer, but I occasionally step over into doing some mobile app development here and there. A client recently asked me to help them develop a very simple app. The app is essentially just ...
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Data remanence on mobile devices

The methods in which data should be deleted is strictly enforced by the DoD as well as others security sensitive organizations. However, there are complications with deleting data on an SSD. Given ...
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Suspicious phone browser activity

On a droid Razr M, I used chrome to log in to Gmail instead of the app. It asked to log in as me on a toast at the bottom of the browser, taking my credentials from somewhere on the phone I assume. ...
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Android Device Encryption

I am trying to understand when using the default android device encryption in 4.0.4 ICS (AES-CBC 128Bit) how the Key Derivation Function works? That is how is the users decryption passcode transformed ...