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Hacking Android

By : Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli
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Hacking Android

By: Srinivasa Rao Kotipalli

Overview of this book

With the mass explosion of Android mobile phones in the world, mobile devices have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Security of Android devices is a broad subject that should be part of our everyday lives to defend against ever-growing smartphone attacks. Everyone, starting with end users all the way up to developers and security professionals should care about android security. Hacking Android is a step-by-step guide that will get you started with Android security. You’ll begin your journey at the absolute basics, and then will slowly gear up to the concepts of Android rooting, application security assessments, malware, infecting APK files, and fuzzing. On this journey you’ll get to grips with various tools and techniques that can be used in your everyday pentests. You’ll gain the skills necessary to perform Android application vulnerability assessment and penetration testing and will create an Android pentesting lab.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Hacking Android
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Android app components

Android apps typically consist of some, or all, the four different components listed following:

  • Activities

  • Services

  • Broadcast receivers

  • Content providers


An activity provides a screen with which users can interact in order to do something. Sometimes, it could include a few fragments inside. A fragment represents a behaviour or a portion of user interface in an activity. Users can perform operations such as making a call, sending an SMS, and so on. A good example of an activity could be the login screen of your Facebook app. The following screenshot shows the activity of the calculator application:


A service can perform long-running operations in the background and does not provide a user interface. If you take the music application, you can close all of its screens after selecting the song of your choice. Still the music will be playing in the background. The following screenshot shows the services running on my device:

Broadcast receivers

A broadcast receiver...