Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Questions tagged [Android] should focus on security of the operating system itself, or of Android specific apps

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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 ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to SQL Injection?

Definition of SQL Injection SQL injection is a code injection technique, used to attack data-driven applications, in which malicious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution ...
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Is there a backdoor in the hardware of our smartphones?

I don't know for you but I always felt like Android especially is not safe. Is somebody - the government or other - able to listen to my microphone, or access my hard drive remotely ? I'm wondering ...
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How can the Android GraphicBuffer::unflatten() vulnerability (CVE-2015-1474) be exploited remotely?

I've been reading up-on DoS (denial-of-service) attacks within android and although I understand attacks like the below, which make use of regular programming functions etc. (Android Web Browser) ...
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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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Difference between Art And Dalvik Security on android?

What is the different between ART And Dalvik security, cause Google using Art after Kitkat (4.4.2) ? Just for these two options? Refrence Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compilation, which improves speed ...
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how to detect the URL an android app uses [duplicate]

i want to know how to detect the URL an android app uses. Is there any way or can we create any other android app to find the URL my app is using.
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If hackers know my android app license key , can they redirect the in app purchases of my app to their account?

I have published an android app with in app purchase. I failed to encrypt XOR my licence key. If hackers have my license key can they redirect my payments to their account or just they can by pass in ...
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How is the username and password captured on this mobile device?

I have a Motorola phone, and I am concerned about my privacy after reading this article : http://www.beneaththewaves.net/Projects/Motorola_Is_Listening.html The poster says: For both of these ...
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token based authentication attacks

JSON Web Token seems to be a very good tool to authenticate users. But I wonder if an attacker can take the token used by another user and use it for his own attacks. And to be more precise what makes ...
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Android email encryption [closed]

Is there a reliable (in terms of security), open-source application for handling (send/receive + en-/decrypt) encrypted emails on Android? Something like TextSecure for emails. I just found a command ...
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Public key in resources for avoiding man in the middle attack

I am developing an android application which needs to communicate with a web server. Instead of using common SSL I would like to save my custom public key in resource folders of the application(APK ...
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Should other processes be running while an iPhone or Android is generating a cryptographically random number?

I need to generate a cryptographically secure random number on iOS and Android. I could use a software approach or leverage the built in OS API for this. In each case, is it better to generate a ...
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SSL traffic manipulation through ettercap MitM and iptables

I am trying to understand the relation between some tools and concepts used for MitM on a wifi network and how https transaction (over this wifi network) between an android app and the respective ...
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Securing Data at Rest in Android

Here's a situation. I am the author of an app that allows my customers to stream videos on their local android device. I also allow them to download the video and store it locally on their android ...
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What are the privacy and infosec risks with Apple Watches and Android Wear?

From what I can tell, I Apple Watch apps act like a remote control to a nearby iPhone using Bluetooth or BLE. Conversely Android watches have the ability to run full applications, and therefore ...
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How can I prevent a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on my Android app API?

I checked out the app Packet Capture. This app is able to decrypt my app APIs (SSL Enabled) data by mounting a MITM attack using the Android VPN service. This does not even require root. How can I ...
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Are SIM proactive commands secure?

A SIM card can initiate some communication with a mobile device with so called "proactive commands" (chapter 6 of http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gts/11/1114/05.04.00_60/gsmts_1114v050400p.pdf). ...
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Why is my Wi-Fi constantly in use? [closed]

I have a nexus phone running android lollipop. Even if I'm not browsing the web or using the WiFi at all (and after sync of various components has completed) the WiFi up/down arrows still flash ...
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How much can I trust the “factory restore/reset” on a(n) (potentially compromised) android?

This question is a simple one: how much can you trust the "factory restore/reset" option on an android device? If the device has possibly been compromised, is it possible the "factory reset" will ...
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How is password information stored and used on Android accounts?

How difficult would it be for someone who stole your device to gain access to the username and password information stored under the Settings -> More -> Accounts section of an Android device? ...
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Audio not playing on Android (Kitkat 4.4.2 on LG G Pro 2 D838) via HTTPS [closed]

I am having issues playing an audio file on the chrome browser! This audio file plays on the chrome browser on my mobile LG G Pro-2(D838) running Kitkat 4.4.2 without any issues. But when i uploaded ...
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Android Permissions and Explanations

I am doing some research on Android permissions and whether or not they could abuse data privacy. Does anyone have a good source on all updated Android permissions with a short explanation on what ...
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Are there additional security risks posed by rooting an Android device?

Once an Android device has been successfully rooted, are there any additional security risks created (besides telling SuperUser to trust a rogue root app)? For example, on a rooted Android device, ...
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Is android's FDE secure from offline attacks?

Android provides FDE, but it uses lockscreen pin, which is (at least in my case) fairly weak (like a 4-digit PIN). Does it mean that my FDE could be easily broken by offline attack? Or maybe master ...
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Why do mobile operating systems not implement a way to deny permissions to an app?

Android and iOS (afaik) implement a relativly fine-grained permission schema for their apps. But as I user I only have the change to acceppt all or nothing. When I think about it, it shouldn't be a ...
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VPN Server + Anonymity + Adblock for mobile Devices

In order to improve private security and anonymity while browsing the web on my mobile devices I wanted to tunnel all traffic to my own server via VPN and use a proxy software to filter unwanted ...
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Android app downgrading TLS protocol to SSL 3.0

I performed vulnerability testing of some Android mobile applications I helped develop and I noticed some odd behavior. The applications used the default Android 5.0.2 cipher suite list that includes ...
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Does Android have sufficient app sandboxing?

In a previous question in InfoSec, I asked about how to determine the safety of a sideloaded Android app that requires root permissions. Now I would like to ask a related, but different question: Is ...
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Security tradeoffs while designing a mobile Web Service API

I'm not a security expert but I want to ask about tradeoffs in a web service API I'm designing for mobile apps. It is an API which tracks users' locations so yes, the data is reasonably sensitive. ...
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Intercept Android's http/https traffic with shell access [closed]

Assuming you have a shell access on a rooted Android device. Let's say the shell was given upon an exploitation, eg. Android Webview vulnerability. The question is what is the best way to intercept ...
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How does Android L achieve strong encryption with a low entropy passphrase?

After upgrading to Android L on my Nexus 5, I was pleased to find that I can enable encryption using a pattern as the passphrase. However, it soon got me thinking. I'm guessing the encryption key is ...
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Downloading and updating the software via Playstore

I'm using android play store to download and update software for my phone. And some times its automatically updated as by settings.The play store is linked to one of my Gmail account. Here my question ...
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What can Android Antivirus apps really do? [duplicate]

I am studiying about android development and given the permission restriction between apps and isolation that the operating system itself imposes, I was wondering what can an antivirus app distributed ...