On msfconsole, if I type info exploit/android/adb/adb_server_exec I got on description part the following:

Writes and spawns a native payload on an android device that is listening for adb debug messages.

What does this "listening for adb debug messages" means exactly? I don't know much about android developing but does this implies that the target device must be with "developer mode" activated or something? Please explain to me what does this phrase means.

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Yes. Debug mode or USB debug, depending on OS version.

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