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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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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Offline phone security

How secure is an offline android phone? Some background. I want to use an app called Bither on android, which allows me to create a cold wallet on 1 phone and a hot wallet on another phone. Cold ...
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How does Android's security model differ from UNIX's?

In UNIX's security model, you log in as a user, and then every process you start can access everything that belongs to your user account - that is, the trust is based on the user account, not on the ...
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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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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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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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Application communication monitoring

I am seeking a way to monitor communication between Android applications in order to detect their suspicious behaviour but I am not sure where to start the development process from. As far I have ...
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List of Top security risk/attack scenarios for android application

WHat are the possible security risk/attack scenarios for android application. This is with regards to the OWASP top 10 Mobile Security threats discussed here: ...
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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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Recover file using Java RanNum Gen + Key

EDIT: Here is some more background. I am basically trying to reproduce this the method outlined here I have been able to hit everything up until the paragraph regarding the decrypting of the data file ...
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Sip call Developing in android with secure data transfer

I would like to make an application similar to RedPhone on android. I took a look at SipDemo from developer.android.com and at the android.net.sip package.My question is, when you make/receive a call, ...
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How to simulate man in the middle attack in android emulator?

I am new to pen-testing. Yesterday i analysed one android application using dex2jar application and i saw an android application implemented https connection using empty trust manager. class miTM ...
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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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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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How Secure Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are?

I am just wondering, but how can I harden the security of jailbroken or rooted devices? I understand that SD Card can be still accessible, but how could potential adversaries compromise for example ...
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Preventing Illegal Access to Webservice

Let me start off by saying that I read other StackExchange questions related to this and they weren't really able to answer my question. I have a feeling this may be an unsolvable problem, but I'm ...
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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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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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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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Studies on Android users' attitude to security

I'm a final year BSc. student of Computer Security & Forensics at the University of Bedfordshire (UK). I'm investigating perceptions of security on Android platforms, and how to educate users of ...
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Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device?

Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device? We're talking about visiting such sites via a browser. We're not talking about downloading any malicious apps. Thanks!
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Intercept data sent via bluetooth

I am trying to re-write a closed-source application, originally deployed on mobile devices, that lets you command and control a certain type of mechanical robots via bluetooth. The new application I ...
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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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Is possible to know if increased marketshare means more viruses?

I'm having an argument with other developers about why more "viruses" exist (including all forms of external attacks, exploits, etc) in Android vs iOS. Like with Windows vs *nix, the main idea is that ...
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Why are apps signed?

From the Android website: Android requires that all apps be digitally signed with a certificate before they can be installed. The signature ensures that only the original developer can publish ...
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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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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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Android Apps accessing DNS settings?

I have my android device rooted, and only one RootTool app (Which is fairly popular and seems trust worthy to me, and which I use to tweak the phone) with root access. And I remember correctly setting ...
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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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How secure is a MD5 hash of an 128bit key

Apparently, for the Android KeyChain an encrypted master key is stored along the MD5 hash of the unencrypted Key. How secure is that? MD5 is known to have collisions, but I guess we can assume with an ...
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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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Android: Are locally-stored encryption keys readable by attacker who gained root access?

i have a question: i'm trying to understand a specific point in android encryption. All the encryption keys are software based and are stored locally on the machine, so correct me if i'm wrong but ...
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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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Test Android Secure Encrypted Traffic

For testing android traffic encryption I have configured a VPN client in my phone. What simple test I can perform in my home wifi network to verify that the traffic is really encrypted and secure?
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What are methods to protecting an android phone from law enforcement

From what I hear, android uses the standard linux dm-crypt for encryption. Obviously you should have: A pin/password for your phone That pin/password should at least be 8 characters The question ...
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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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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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Adding one's own Cryptography Implementaion in Android

Since Android allows for Java and Native implementation of Cryptography, I would like to know how to provide a particular implementation of cryptographic algorithms (say just RSA for example). What ...
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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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How to check an Android Application for SQL Injection or XSS bugs?

I was just wondering how could i check my client's Android application for SQL Injection or other similar kind of bugs. I mean if its an application, where should i write the queries. If through ...
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Intercepting HTTPS Android app traffic

I'm trying to intercept Android application traffic from my Android phone....Basically what worked before was that i had simply installed fiddler proxy on my PC, exported the root certificate (and ...
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Arduino to Android secure bluetooth connection

I'm using an Arduino Uno and a nRF8001 board from Adafruit to connect to an Android phone over bluetooth. I will be using it to lock and unlock a lock and I need to make sure only verified devices are ...
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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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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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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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Android, how do I prevent Confused Deputy Attacks?

In case that a malicious mobile app hasn't the appropriate permissions to e.g. download a file, it can invoke a browser to download sth. Concrete examples of such an attack are shown from page 27 to ...
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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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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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Android Application penetration testing

Have problem intercepting HTTPS requests of android application.certificates in android are kept under /system/etc/security/cacerts/ which is different from its previos version of os in cacerts.bks ...
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Kik | WhatsApp - Encrypted? iOS / Android Message encryption tips [closed]

Kik says that their client is using ssl etc. But it's kind of hard to tell if the messages is actually encrypted between the devices. What i can understand is that they don't got device-to-device ...