Questions tagged [android]

Android is Google's Linux-based operating system for mobile devices. Initially developed by Android, Inc., Android is the world's most widely used smartphone platform.

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Can a debug-apk be reverse engineered to make it a release-apk?

I am making a system in which the users can create Android applications. I want them to give an option to download a debug apk so that they can try it out first. After that, they have to pay for it to ...
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How to break on an Android JNI function with IDA Pro Debugger

I have an android application that uses a shared library which I would like to step through with a debugger. I've had success using IDA 6.3 to debug executables with the android_server debug server ...
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Analyzing encrypted Android apps (.asec)?

I've been trying to reverse engineer a paid android app that writes out some binary data so that I can export that data into other programs (it's a run/walk timer app, if anyone's curious, and I'm ...
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Dynamic java instrumentation?

This is not strictly 'reverse engineering', it's mostly related to dynamic instrumentation. So, in the same fashion as strace which allows you to see syscalls made by a process, or ftrace to see ...
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Fixing the checksum of a modified Android ELF

I've hex-edited a string in an Android ELF binary. Now, it won't run, and gives the error message CANNOT LINK EXECUTABLE, presumably due to a bad checksum. Does anybody have a tool to fix the ...
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Decompiling Android application

The Android java code is compiled into Dalvik byte code, which is quite readable. I wonder, is it possible in theory and in practice to write a decompilation software for Dalvik byte code?
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