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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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using android phone. Is it possible for spywares to transmit data even when I dont have any internet plan/connection ? Can it use some other way , say , cellular network etc ? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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Force TLS on mobile app

i'm developing a mobile application for iOS and Android. On this app i'm asking resources on a secure server through ajax. Server's developers asked me to force the call in order that we use TLS ...
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sending data from android client to database

I have created an android app which sends data to a web service (wcf). Right now the user sends his test result (test id, test name, test time and user ID) the problem is I that i send the data from ...
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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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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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Android L encryption vs. iOS 8 encryption

Recently, the new full-disk encryption system of Apple's iOS 8 operating system has been in the news. And soon after Apple's release, Google announced that they will also enable encryption by default ...
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How to call webservice securely in Android

Hello I am working on an Android application in which I'm required to execute a few https web service calls. All my web-service URLs and Web API KEYs are in the code plus the IP address of the server. ...
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Silent security on android

I saw a DEFCON talk about owning back a stolen PC/Mac, with a SSHd daemon and a dynamic-ip service installed,running in background. I was wondering if is it possible to achieve tha same results on an ...
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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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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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Wireshark does not show wlan traffic of iOs/Android devices (but shows traffic of my others devices) [migrated]

i am trying to sniff the Wifi traffic of my home network. for that, i run Backtrack LiveCD on a laptop with a DLINK AirPlus DWL g650 wifi adapter. i set my WPA key in wireshark, and running wlan ...
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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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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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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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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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Rooted android cached password

Assume you could exploit a vulnerability on an old Android 2.2, the questions are: 1- Is there anyway you could see stored passwords on that operating system, specially Facebook password. 2- Can you ...
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Android encryption when phone is on

So I have android lollipop installed, which should be encrypted automatically with some startup password. My question is, what happens if the phone get stolen while its on, and the screen is locked? ...
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How to root a virtual device in android-sdk?

I was amused to see no one have ever asked such a question here before. After a little research in google I found only a few links to root a device in avd. Somewhere I also read that the sdk is ...
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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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What are the possible exploits over a debuggable APK?

I have heard that an Android APK can be debugged if android:debuggable="true" is set. What are the possible threats in allowing an app to be debugged?
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LastPass Bootstrap on New Android Phone [closed]

I've been using LastPass to manage all my passwords, including the password for Google account. The thing is, on a new Android Phone, in order to sign in (for Gmail, Play store, etc), I need the ...
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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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Is it possible to use default android encryption techniques at app level [migrated]

As announced by Google recently that in Android L encryption would be turned on by default at the first boot. This may be silly to ask but my question is can such encryption techniques be used in app ...
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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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Secure voice app [closed]

When I look in the Google play store (android apps market), I see that there are a lot of apps to make secure phone calls. However, all the apps I have seen so far all seem to use data packets over ...
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How much security would I lose if I enabled “easy enter” pins on an android device?

There is an option on android devices to unlock when the correct pin/password is entered, but without the user explicitly pressing the "done" or "enter" button. How much security does this remove from ...
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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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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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encryption of Google's android apps

Does Google use encryption on it's Android apps like Gmail, drive, Google Play, docs, others in authentication and transit? What the type of encryption is it? Is it secure? I have tried searching ...
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Storing encryption passphrases in memory in Dalvik?

Given KeePassDroid, I'm considering some of the security implications of accessing KeePass databases on an Android device. In the native applications for Windows, OSX, and Linux, whenever the ...
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copy protection (or licensing) mechanism for an android app

I am trying to implement a copy protection (or licensing) mechanism for an android app. The app is not distributed through Google Play or other online market and instead it is distributed through ...
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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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Intercepting SSL traffic on Android app

I am trying to intercept SSL traffic from my Android app to test the security. I am using certificate pinning in the hopes I can prevent people from snooping. I have tested by configuring ProxyDroid ...
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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 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 ...
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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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Steps for building a good File Encryption on Android

I want to be able to build a good file encryption on android for a cloud app. The files used are mainly pdfs, pngs, docs, audio, video, etc (all sorts of files). Edit: My constrains are that it ...
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Competitor app blocks our app, need a way to bypass their check [closed]

We have a taxi app which has been quite successful in Europe. But recently one of our competitors has started checking if our app is installed and if it is, theirs won't run until the user uninstalls ...
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Fake phone call

I have a problem, getting call from known numbers and when he lifts it, no one is speaking from other side! Well, the awkward part is, the call is from known numbers only, but if I ask the person ...
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Android Penetration Testing

I need to do pen test for android mobile application. I have an android mobile and laptop connected to same wi-fi network. I need to intercept/capture the requests/traffic of the mobile in the laptop ...
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Security concept for Android app with PHP based REST API

I'm trying to build my own PHP based REST Api for my Android app and I'm a litte bit confused by all the different user authentication stuff one can find on the internet. So I want to present my ...
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Android support for TLS 1.1

Do anybody know from what version of Android did TLS 1.1 started to be supported directly by the OpenSSL version preinstalled in the system?
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How do I protect my Gmail account when accessing it via an Android smartphone?

I have a Gmail account that I also access via an Android smartphone. The mail account could be used to reset passwords for other online accounts, so I want to tighten up the security around this ...
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Nexus 7 (Or any other good android tablets) For pen testing

I'm considering investing in an android tablet for pen testing. Does anyone know how capable they are with pen testing? Can they compile code or forward packets? Are any applications that work on ...
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Google Calendar has events that I didn't create and it's not shared

This has been rewritten because at first I thought this may be an accident but now it’s clear there’s a security compromise. In my Google Calendar I noticed an event that occurred each day from ...
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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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Shellshock Bash bug on mobile systems

Does the bug in Bash affect Android or iOS mobile systems?
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Unexpected emails have been sent - do I need to wipe my Android?

A few days ago I received a Notification from my Android saying that it could not send mail because an attachment was too large. I opened my Gmail App and found 5 messages in the Sent Mail folder ...
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Virus (or Trojan) in Android

Definition of virus is (from Wikipedia): A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data ...