Android Emulator Tricks

When performing security (or regular) tests on Android applications, we sometimes need to emulate or fake mobile data or actions; making/receiving calls, sending SMS or setting the exact geo-location are some commands that can be done, using the Emulator Console.  Here are a few tricks that will help you through Android application testing using the emulator:

· First, connect to the emu, using telnet:

telnet localhost 5554

· To change geo-locations:

geo fix <longtitude value> <latitude value>

· To make a phone call to the emulator:

gsm call <callerPhoneNumber>

· To send an sms to the emulator:

sms send <senderePhoneNumber> <textMessage>

· To scale the emulator window:

window scale <value from 0 to 1>



The Monkey is a command-line tool that runs on the emulator instance or on a device. When the Monkey runs, it generates pseudo-random events and sends them to the system.

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Improve your Web App’s security with HTTP Headers

Over recent years, new security standards have been set by the W3C, and implemented by browser vendors. The idea was to create a set of HTTP headers that developers could use in order to add a browser-based layer of security for their web applications.

Indeed, many security problems can (or should) be remediated on the client side (e.g. Same Origin Policy), and by improving the security of the platforms it was clear that the overall security level of web applications would increase, with little regard to the actual server-side implementation.

Let’s present a quick overview of these HTTP headers:


Description: Enables a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) filter in the browser that blocks the malicious reflected XSS code.

Setting: X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block

Supported Browsers: IE 8+, Chrome, Safari (WebKit).

Additional Information:


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How to edit Char Sequence objects in net beans

In Net beans 8, during debugging (in my case, smali debugging), you cannot change char sequence variables, they are shown as read-only strings. An example of usage is Android text-elements (EditText) whose value is stored in Obj.mText.mText in a char sequence. The following screenshot, shows a Tree view, but you cannot change the field in table view either.

So, I tried do the same with Net beans 6.8 and I found that it let me edit char-sequence variables. After some research I figured out that in order to enable editing of those variables I need to disable the auto formatting. You do this in tools menu -> options and remove the V of Default Char sequence formatter:
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Negative Subtracting – Bypass the Protection

Introduction to negative subtracting
We all know about the negative subtracting issue. For example, if I transfer money to you, it is reduced from my account and added to your account. The code looks something like:

Myaccount.value = myaccount.value – transfer.amount
Youraccount.value = youraccount.value + transfer.amount

Now, what happens if I transfer a negative value to your account? We know that subtracting two negatives give a positive, so if I transfer minus one hundred to you, my account will increase by one hundred and your account will be reduced by one hundred.

Another example is an online roulette game. The house always wins eventually, because the chances are against the player. But we can turn it simply by betting a negative value. Now, each time we lose, we lose a negative value which means that we actually win…

Up until here it is clear and simple and I hope that everyone knows it.


Example of (in)secure code
I recently came across a code that looked secure at first impression, but only upon second glance I understood that it is not secure at all. Let me start by showing you the code (C language), I modified it to become like a hacme game…:
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Formula injection

About Formula Injection

Almost every website today provides social, financial or informative detail to the internet users. Websites that contain sensitive data about users, such as banks, social networks and online stores, restrict the access to private data by using access-control measures such as authentication, authorization encryption mechanisms and more.
However, hackers are still able to find their way to the “prize” with very clever attacking techniques, as their primary target is usually the sensitive data behind the application.

In the following post we will review an unusual injection type, with a great potential to cause some SERIOUS DAMAGE if initiated. Well… how can it be initiated? It depends, primarily on the web application programmers, BUT also on the user himself.

Let’s start by saying that every application uses untrusted data.

Since the application is intended to be used by the public – we don’t know whether the user is a legitimate one, or a hacker trying numerous types of attacks in order to hijack user sessions, credentials and/or sensitive data such as credit card numbers.
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IOT – Compiling Brillo Easily

Google published the first version of Brillo, and as IoT researchers, the first thing that we want to do is to quickly compile and run it in order to get a feel for it, investigate it and learn as much as possible about the system…

At the beginning of our work we made some assumptions, which we found to have been correct:

  1. Instead of installing a new environment, it will be easier to install it on our AppUse VM which already has a lot of stuff on it.
  2. Google probably built it similarly to Android (both are Unix-based), so we took the Android compilation guide (links below).

Despite these shortcuts, we still came across a lot of trouble… I know for sure that you don’t want to waste your time to find and fix some stupid errors, so let me give you the shortest way to install it in a few steps and one script 🙂
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PT Manager – Penetration Test Vulnerabilities Manager, an extension for Burp Suite

Penetration Test Vulnerabilities Manager is an extension for Burp Suite, written in Jython. It was developed by Barak Tawily in order to help application security professionals manage vulnerabilities

Download from Github:

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New SSL Vulnerabilities – Spoofing CA Certificates

OpenSSL is a widespread, open-source SSL protocol application and is widespread and used by numerous projects and organization for providing rapid, adaptable and “secure” solution.

OpenSSL has recently reached headlines again, but on a bad note. As of late (the past two years or so), the older and current versions of SSL have suffered from application issues that were considered critical and which lead to the exposure of almost all SSL-based projects (not to be confused with protocol-level issues such as POODLE and BEAST attacks).

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Android Application Security Sucks! Here’s what to do about it

Prologue: The following post was written and published by Checkmarx (link) on their website as part of a collaboration between AppSec Labs and Checkmarx. Originally published on May 26th, 2015 by Amit Ashbel.


Android…. It is no longer just a mobile phone.

Nowadays Android applications are running anywhere and everywhere. Home Appliances, watches, TVs, car applications and with the Internet of Things kicking in quickly, Android applications will probably become even more prevalent in our lives.

android_dudeAndroid is based on a customized Linux OS version. The main differentiation from the classic PC Linux is that the Android OS was adapted to define every Application on the device as a separate User or entity.

Each Application runs on its own Virtual environment within the  OS called a “Dalvik Machine (DVM)”*. Application code written in Java is modified to Java Byte Code and then converted to DEX (Dalvik byte code). The DVM will generate, on the fly, machine specific instructions to the ARM CPU (or other CPU in use). All Android applications are packaged as an APK (Android Application Package). The APK is a type of archived file which contains everything the android device needs in order to execute the application downloaded via the Google Play store or an alternate source.

*Dalvik is being shifted aside (Android L). Newer Android OS versions are using ART (Android Runtime) however the general idea stays the same.

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OpenSSL – Diffie Hellman and Elliptic Curve Cryptography with Digital Certificates

OpenSSL is a leading open-source SSL solution that offers many features; from client and server communication, to certificates generation and self-signing. The OpenSSL allows a user to issue CA certificates and use them to sign other certificates for both testing and production scenarios. Visit OpenSSL website:
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