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OWASP Mobile Security Project - Android/References

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Here are a number of references related to Android Security

Official documentation

Android Security Team

Published Research and presentations


  • Android Development
  • Android Security Review
    • Smart Phones Dumb Apps Presentation about how to unpack, disassemble/decompile, and analyze Android applications. Also has a link to some Perl code to automate parts of this process.
    • Dex2Jar : "...Android mobile device runs applications which have been converted into a compact Dalvik Executable (.dex) format. Dex2Jar converts .dex files to Java .class files..."
    • ApkTool : "...It is a tool for reengineering 3rd party, closed, binary Android apps. It can decode resources to nearly original form and rebuild them after making some modifications; it makes possible to debug smali code step by step. Also it makes working with app easier because of project-like files structure and automation of some repetitive tasks like building apk, etc..."
    • JD-GUI and JD-Eclipse, DJ and JAD (mirror) : Java Decompilers
    • AXMLPrinter2 - Utility that decodes the Android XML files, such as Manifest.xml ().
    • OWASP O2 Platform can be used to review the Android Java source code (create object model of compiled java code, search source-code files, model config files)
    • Commercial tools (like Fortify, IBM AppScan Source) can parse Java files (the question is "Do they have Android Specific rules")
    • iSec Partners have a number of Android related tools at

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