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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Android: discover a backdoor

Which operations do I have to do to find out a backdoor on my android smartphone? I know that everything is recorded by log files, but I want to find out a clear way to discover unsolicited traffic ...
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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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Android - recover encrypted images

I have nearly 0 understanding of encryption, I just want to recover my old photos. In my old Android phone I used a certain photo-video locking app to encrypt my images. Images were stored on SD ...
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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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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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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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How can I intercept XMPP traffic on Android?

I have been learning about security testing on Android apps, and to intercept traffic I was using Burp Suite. I know it works perfectly for HTTP/HTTPS traffic, but most of the messenger apps are using ...
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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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How secure is Jitsi VoIP/IM Android app? [closed]

I was looking for a FOSS end-to-end encrypted alternatives to Skype and came over Jitsi. It looks all nice and seems to work really well (at least clients on Linux and Android). Even cross-messaging ...
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How android WebView can be exploited and how to secure my app from WebView vulnerability?

I heard that WebView vulnerability is active in android versions before 4.2. I read that it is fixed by google in their newer updates from 4.2. What I want to know is a brief description of the ...
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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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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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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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How secure is Android's facial recognition?

Android supports using facial recognition for unlocking your phone. How secure is that mechanism? For instance, if someone has a good quality picture of your face, can they defeat the facial ...
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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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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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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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Mobile App Security vs. Traditional PC Desktop Security In The New Era

I have been using a Windows PC for many years now. Since Android has come to market, I have been very wary of installing apps that require unrelated permissions. Obvoiusly, these extra permissions ...
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Determining safety of Android APK executable that requires root

On my request, a developer gave me a new version of his Android app to test. The app requires root permissions. I do not know the developer personally. I have no specific reasons to trust or ...
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WLCTL protocol detected by sniffer in an Android tablet

I detected that my rooted Android tablet had a slow connection. Trying to find what is taking the bandwith, I installed a firewall (DroidWall) and I blocked all the applications thinking that one of ...
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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 can I view the Chrome padlock SSL certificate information in Chrome Mobile on Android? [migrated]

When I'm on my Desktop Chrome, I can click on the padlock icon in the address bar and see the information about my SSL connection, like the TLS version, the certificate strength, the authority that ...
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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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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 ...
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Android app using FTP

I have done some android programming (self taught). I have started working on an app idea. The idea is pretty much that people with the app installed can post pictures/videos and text which can be ...
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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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Android 5 encryption

There's been lots of talk about the allegedly improved encryption in Android 5. Some questions about this: What is the maximum length for passphrases? (i.e. is it still limited to 16 characters?) ...
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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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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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How safe/secure are banking applications on Android phones?

I have a mobile banking application installed on my phone which allows me to pay for things, transfer money using my phone from my account to another etc. How safe or unsafe is this application? For ...
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Codeigniter RESTful web api creation for mobile and web applications general guidelines

I'm having application with running good in codeigniter, mysql and jquery. Currently we are planning to evaluate our web application with mobile application. So we planned to develop web application, ...
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Simple way to secure a webservice used by mobile clients

I am currently working on a RESTful webservice with Java that is used by mobile devices, namely Android and iOS, using a framework that allows me to abstract from both. I'm adding this information ...
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Java org.xmlpull.v1.XmlPullParser and XML External Entity (XXE) Processing Attacks

I'm evaluating the security of an Android application and the application is using the XmlPullParser included with Android. I'm having some difficulty getting any common attacks to work, but I want ...
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Android/iOS application security testing checklist

According to OWASP, we have a list of top ten mobile application vulnerabilities. But we are damn sure that the number of vulnerabilities on mobile apps, especially android apps are far more than ...
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What could be the possible exploit for android adware vulnerability?

I have read about the adware vulnerability here. An adware is a software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material like banners or pop-ups when a user is online. I have seen many ...
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Secure copy-paste from phone to computer

Some computers on my university block the keepass application which I use as a password manager. I'm thinking of building a small web application + Android app which lets me securely copy a string ...
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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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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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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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Does changing my password after OAuth login in mobile app help reduce risk?

When you use a mobile app that needs Google OAuth login, you can't fully trust the third party app because you can't tell what url the webview is using. Who knows if they aren't storing my login and ...
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How do you capture ALL the traffic from an Android app?

I want to capture all the traffic from an Android app for its pen-testing. How do I do that? Here's what I've already tried: I installed the app on an emulator and started the emulator with a ...
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Android phone (Kitkat) list A LOTS of CA under setting->security->Trusted credential,

My Android phone (Kitkat) list a LOTS of CA under setting->security->Trusted credential, does it mean that anyone who has accessed to anyone of those private keys of those CA(s) can monitor or do "Man ...
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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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Use openssl key to decrypt file in android/java [closed]

I want to decrypt file encrypted in openssl in java. File is encrypted with private key using openssl and on java side i want to decrypt it using public key. The code: public void testRSA() throws ...