Learning Pentesting for Android Devices
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Android is the most popular mobile smartphone operating system at present, with over a million applications. Every day hundreds of applications are published to the PlayStore, which users from all over the world download and use. Often, these applications have serious security weaknesses in them, which could lead an attacker to exploit the application and get access to sensitive information. This is where penetration testing comes into play to check for various vulnerabilities.
it is easier to acquire logical information in most cases than physical acquisition. However, one limitation of this method, in some cases, is that the evidence (smartphone and its data) in this case has a high risk of getting tampered with. Physical acquisition: This means a bit-by-bit copy of the entire physical storage medium. We could also target different individual partitions while performing physical acquisition. In comparison to logical acquisition, this method is much slower, but more
only help us extract the information from the applications that use databases in order to store applications and other related information. In some of the applications, we might also notice that the application is storing data in an XML file or using shared preferences, which we need to manually review. Android uses the SQLite database (which we'll be covering in depth in the next chapter) with the file format of the files .db. Here is how we could go ahead and extract all the databases
https://code.google.com/p/getlogs/. Using backup to extract an application's data Android from 4.0 introduced a feature of backup using adb. This functionality could be used to create the backup of an application along with its entire data. This could be highly useful in forensics as the examiner will be capturing the application along with its entire data. Refer to the following steps: This could be done by issuing the adb backup command to the terminal followed by the application's
then the address of ShouldNotBeCalled, as shown in the following command: r `printf "AAAABBBBCCCCDDDD\x38\x84"` As we can see in the following screenshot, we have added the starting address of IShouldNeverBeCalled to the argument: Notice that the bytes are written in reverse order because of the little endian architecture here. Once we have run this, we can see the program calling the ShouldNotBeCalled function, as shown in the following screenshot: Return-oriented programming
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