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Canonical explanation of Android Encryption and Vulnerabilities

Note: Well, the bounty expired and one possible reason could be effort required to address as I gather from comments. Seeing the number of upvotes, it appears to be of interest to others as well. I ...
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marshmallow and personal security/privacy [duplicate]

I've been reading the news in the US about a court order for Apple to help the FBI bypass the security check present on devices running iOS8+. Since iOS8, Apple has stopped storing encryption keys on ...
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Does full device encryption protect my data from Google and the government?

Apple recently made waves within the tech community by refusing to comply with law enforcement in regards to accessing encrypted user data. Their statement was that they do not have the technical ...
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Famoc & KNOX on Samsung XCover 3

I have a problem, I have a phone with Famoc & KNOX enterprise security applications. I was able to root the device with Odin, I've installed twrp-2.8.7.0 & SuperSu. I've removed this Famoc ...
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What can be accessed if phone is lost?

If a phone has not had its bootloader unlocked, has not been rooted, has a finger print lock as well as a pin lock if the fingerprint lock doesn't work. How much can a thief access on the phone? Will ...
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What does stop somebody from flashing a custom recovery and pulling all user data?

For example, I was able to install a Clockworkmod recovery on my Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 phone via Odin and back up all the data in a few clicks. But if I could do it, what would stop somebody else who ...
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Protect from theft at flash level

There are a lot of apps that could block your phone in case of theft, take picture of thief remotely and such, but in case of reset any of this security methods will be useless So I was wondering if ...
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Can't remove stolen phone from account

So I had an Android phone stolen - nearly two years ago now. When it was taken, I immediately reset my Google account password (and most others). I have 2-factor auth on my Google account. I have ...
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Custom ROM - easiest way to default to functional adb

When building a custom ROM (or for that matter, modifying existing) - what's the best way to make sure that the OS starts up with adb-USB enabled, and with the host's key already accepted?
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Keeping forensic cops out

I was just arrested and bonded out immediately. my phone was confiscated. It was an Android and is there anything I can do to keep them from accessing the contents of my phone? Would deleting my ...
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Phone number detected by a web page when browsing from chrome for android

I recently got subscribed to some alerts by the mobile provider automatically and some amount deducted from my phone balance. I called up the customer care centre and they agreed to refund the amount, ...
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How to hide winrar or other apk files in general?

I have stored some important files in my android phone in rar format. I've hidden these files in .nomedea folder. I've also enabled password for these files via win rar. The problem is for opening ...
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Why is fingerprint lock considered less secure than pattern lock on Nexus 5X?

My Nexus 5X highly recommends to set up pattern lock in addition to fingerprint lock, and the pattern is asked upon every reboot. And my password manager (KP2A) recommends to use fingerprint unlock ...
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Protection from flashing ROM

Hi so i was trying to theft protection my android phone. I unlock screen lock code, Cerberus with root privileges and also I'm about to encrypt my phone(not that it helps much to recover your phone ...
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Why aren't these UI “hacks” more often exploited?

I'm asking mostly about the global UI "hacks"1 in use by Facebook Messenger (specifically, chat heads) and the Facebook app itself (specifically, those really annoying "psuedo-Lollipop" notifications ...
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How to override default Android's default screen lock security policy?

I want my Android device screen to open without requiring password. So I chose "none" option in Security settings. But, when I needed to add a VPN connection, it required me to provide a password, ...
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Extract OS signing public key

I have got a OnePlus Two with OxygenOS (an Android ROM made by OnePlus). I modified my OS by installing Kali Nethunter, and I now want to flash back to stock OxygenOS. I found the .zip file on the ...
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Android rooting security considerations

I know this question has been asked many times, but I didn't see a clear answer to it from security experts, or it is from several years ago and things might have changed. My question is double: ...
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Can a hacker simply copy shared prefs from one device to another to hijack a user session/state?

I'm an Android apps developer. I'm trying to address a security concern in one of my apps. I need to test a scenario in which someone will try to copy the shared prefs file (or files) from one ...
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How do I safely “copy” my gpg keys from kgpg on Linux to an Android app like openkeychain?

The title says most of it. I have a key pair setup on kgpg running under Kubuntu 12.04 Linux on my notebook. My smartphone (Galaxy S3) has no SD card slot. I want to be able to transfer files between ...
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Disable android call dialer/function for public 3G tablet

I'm putting an Android tablet at a public display area and the tablet needs to be powered by a 3G sim card. I don't want anybody to dial out using this tablet. I read somewhere that I can disable ...
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Make a app Package For android

I have made a "Security" phone for my personal use. I have about 49 apps and about 7 wallpapers. Can I make a package that when flashed in a Custom Recovery It installs all of the apps and make the ...
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How are internal components of Android tested before releasing?

How are the internal components of Android such as Zygote and Binder tested before being released? I tried looking around for answers to this but most resources (blog posts and research papers) I ...
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Disable Screenshot Security

Some apps don't allow screenshots so how can I still take a screenshot? It is my phone and I should be able to do whatever I want with it so why is there even a feature to disallow screenshots? ...
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Joining a public WiFi made the owner able to send me a Facebook friend request. How?

I walked by a bar with free, unsecured WiFi. My device auto-joined it, and a minute later I had a friend request on Facebook from that very bar. How did they get my Facebook identity just from ...
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Safely buy a used mobile

Is there any step I need to take after buying a used Android phone from a stranger? Is restoring the device to defaults enough? The hardware should be fine; I'm talking more about the OS itself and ...
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Pros and cons of rooting using apps (“Soft Root”) compared to other methods (“Hard Root”)

There are quite a few app based rooting methods. A recent review 9 free software apps to root Android devices, points to some of them and there may be more apps, paid or otherwise. From what I ...
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How to turn off Android Device Manager on the web

My phone got stolen yesterday. I have never downloaded Android Device Manager or enabled it on my phone but for some reason, when I go onto the ADM web page, it could track my phone (up until a day ...
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Is there any SSH OS support in Android?

I am reading the article Jolla and SSH push Sailfish Secure as “European alternative” mobile OS. I have used third-party applications for SSH in my phone but would like to have OS supported. How ...
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AccountManager: how can passwords be stored and retrieved without also storing the decrypt key?

Can the Android AccountManager be hacked and its account passwords retrieved? I mean, how is the decrypt key stored in a way that is safe from being retrieved by password-spoofing software? Is special ...
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How are certs validated against default trust store?

Through some reading, I have a fairly rough understanding about how https works with Android apps, especially how are certificate validations done. Some of the resources that I referred to for gaining ...
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How do I tell if a given Android phone is vulnerable to CVE-2012-4221, CVE-2013-2596, CVE-2013-2597, CVE-2013-6282?

I want to determine if a given Android Phone + OS is vulnerable to a set of CVEs. What process do I need to do to do to determine if a given Phone is vulnerable?
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App sending spam messages to my contacts

My phone sent the following message to all of my contacts: Install this voice messenger just to talk http://mrv.withmechat.us/Cun I know I didn't send this message and not to mention it sent it ...
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Turn off pin without pin

I've just got a new Android phone with fingerprint recognition. I set a fingerprint to unlock and a pin. For some reason I've forgotten the pin. I can unlock the phone fine with the finger print, ...
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How to remove Taboola adware?

I have factory-reset my mobile, and had already scanned with antivirus for adware, which it found but it couldn't remove. What should I do?
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How can an organization control when or when not an update for an app is installed in their Android smartphones?

Imagine an organization that have a legitimate fear to automatic updates. That organization thinks that an automatic update may break a business use case. For example, when the VPN client is update ...
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Moving an app out of a myKNOX container

Is it possible to move an app back out of a myKNOX container? I have an app that I have written myself and loaded onto a samsung xcover3 via eclipse and a USB cable. I then installed myKNOX and ...
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To configure tethering as two step login?

I have given my password of wifi stations to group of people. However, I want to allow only specific people to login at specific time. Attempt I could not enable a basic MAC filtering for devices. ...
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What data flows through AirDroid's servers?

When using AirDroid do your text messages and/or data get transmitted through AirDroid's servers or is that data kept locally between your Android device and your computer? My understanding is that ...
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Is it safe to use this app and will it cause problems in 6.0?

Classic Dialpad for KitKat and Lollipop Just wanted to check if there's any reason not to use this, here's what the permissions looks like. Click image to enlarge I'm assuming its just a ...
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Samsung KNOX equivalent for other device manufacturers

Are any other device manufacturers offering a samsung KNOX type solution? Maybe the other big players, i.e. Motorola, HTC or Sony have a similar technology available for securing their Android ...
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Does Android locally encrypt your fingerprint?

I got myself a Nexus 6P with a fancy fingerprint scanner. So far I'm a bit reluctant to use it because I can't find any info on how Android Marshmallow stores those fingerprints. Are they hashed (as ...
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Why sometimes my device doesn't try to recognize trusted face?

I set up trusted face in the smart lock security section of my Nexus 6. When I press power button in attempt to unlock my device usually I see a face/person symbol on the bottom of the screen, as a ...
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Unknown sources, root, and the Android security conundrum [closed]

This question has 2 aspects, both are related and equally important from a security standpoint: 1) The "Allow installations from unknown sources" option under Security settings. Most other mobile ...
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Do devices with a fingerprint scanner prevent access to the bootloader/recovery

Pretty simple question but as I have never owned a device with a fingerprint scanner... basically I was wondering: If you secure your device with your fingerprint - is it possible to access the ...
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How to add private key to keychain in Android?

I do not want to type my passwords all the time, but instead, just the password to my private keys. I am using Samsung Galaxy 4 and Android 5.0.1. How can you add private key to your Android ...
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Two factor authenticator app which works when we lost our phone but able to use back same phone number

Currently, I'm using Google Authenticator in my phone. If I lost my phone, but able to get a new phone device, and use back my previous old phone number, will Google Authenticator continue to work? ...
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Calculator WiFi usage on Marshmallow, Nexus 5? What?

I have not used the calculator app. I also don't know why it would be using the wifi or any kind of external data. Yet behold, below: I flashed 6.0 recently and restored some apps from an old ...
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Firefox for Android mysterious connections after turning everything off in settings

I created a user.js that incorporates support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-stop-firefox-making-automatic-connections and other tweaks, yet Firefox for Android still attempts to connect to several ...
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is there a keylogger in my phone

I have an Android phone accent a400 and I sent it to a repair store to change the broken screen. After receiving the phone, I noticed that they did a reset to the phone and the internal memory doesn't ...