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Android Application Package is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile applications.

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Detect which type of SSL Pinning is being used on Android Applications

Is there a way to detect what the Android Application is using as SSL Pinning. Whether it is certificate Pinning , Public Key Pinning or Hash Pinning ? I am doing a study on local Android Applications ...
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finding rest api urls after decompiling apk

i have two apk files , when i decompile them using apktool i can take a look at decompile code , so here is what really confuse me , in the first apk if i searched the hole files for strings witch ...
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how to change app name and package name of an apk?

I decompiled an apk and I made a couple of modifications. When I tried to recompile it I got that error : Compiling APK file... /c "java -Xmx1024m -jar "C:\Program Files (x86)\APK Easy Tool\...
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Android app Viber (com.viber.voip) mitm

I want to see what viber is sending out of my android phone, I'm using mitm proxy (custom server) but the app is using certificate pining to detect the proxy and close the connection after the ...
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How to recreate project in android studio after deobfuscation and modifying source code?

I managed to deobfuscated the apk Now i have modified some of the source code using Jadx-gui and exporting the project as gradle build Now when i build the project to run the app in my android ...
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Debug 3rd-party apk with .so-files missing debug symbols

Apologies, if this has been asked before. I am reverse engineering a chinese app that connects to a BLE device, so I can inspect how it transmits the data. Using this official guide I decompiled my ...
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How to read dnSpy code from assembly_csharp.dll

So I have managed to retrieve the assembly_csharp.dll using the il2cpp tool from an android apk, however my issue is that when I go to read the dll using dnSpy I have all the correct looking function ...
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App crashes upon launch after apktool d, apktool b without changing anything

I would like to modify some codes via apktool. However it crashes once I signed it and installed it. I have tried resigned it without using apktool. It works. So I am pretty sure that the app does ...
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Can obfuscation be applied on certain parts?

I am newbie to this field. I am still learning from your wonderful contributions, help and guidance. I have had an app that i want to study in-depth. How the the it is constructed? What components ...
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apk crashed on launch when re-signed with debug key

I sometimes decompile and recompile apks and make changes (like changing graphics, text etc...) normally I use apktool to decompile and recompile and then use testsign.jar to resign the apk with the ...
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How to use smalivm and simplify to find a certain static constant from APK or remove confusion?

smalivm: Provides a virtual machine sandbox for executing Dalvik methods. After executing a method, it returns a graph containing all possible register and class values for every execution path. I ...
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How do I find the function that draws a window on android?

I have an application that recently disabled support for one of the features I used for legal reasons. Looking at the decompressed file size and count of the new version compared to the old version ...
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Any ways to combine Android APK with Expansion pack file?

I want to have only one APK that contains all files and resources without having to download expansion pack every time. Is there any way to combine Android APK with Expansion pack file? My expansion ...
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How does Andriod .so files Reverse Engineering with a dissasembler like IDA pro and Cutter work

So few days ago going through youtube Reverse Engineering videos, i came across a particular video where an android application was modified using IDA pro by disassembling it's .so file found in /lib ...
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change apk versionName not working

I am reverse engineering an apk. after decompiling apk file when i try to change versionName from AndroidManifest.xml 3.4 to 5.7, it working well, but when i try to change 3.4 to 5.7.1 or 3.4.1.2 apk ...
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How to reverse engineer apks? [closed]

is it possible to reverse engineer an apk just to unlock hidden/unreleased features?
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Modifying (adding new logic) decompiled apk to log different kind of data causing problems (crash/bluetooth connection)

I have separately decompiled apk to smali/dalvik and to java classes. As apk is not obfuscated java code is pretty good to read and I can pretty easily see corresponding smali code. So far I was able ...
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how to decompile or unite multipart dex class in an android apk file?

Some Android Apks contain multiple classes.dex files which are numbered like this: classes1.dex, classes2.dex ... and when i try to decompile them it would result into multiple source codes. Is there ...
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Android packageInfo signature

Are there anyways I can learn what packageInfo.signatures[0] is so I can use it to apply the same algorithm in Python. To further explain: private static SecretKeySpec a(Context context) { ...
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App from playstore runs but the same apk crashes on sideload install

On my nougat device, I have downloaded an app from the playstore, which is running great. I then extract the apk from the installed app, and uninstall it and again successfully, with package installer....
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Change androidmanifest.xml file within apk

I am able to unpack an android apk file with apktool, but when I am repacking the apk file using apktool, it just crashes with errors, and ibotpeaches seems not patching those errors for years. Now ...
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Invalid file path error while trying to rebuild with apktool and aapt2

I am facing an error while try to repack an apk with apkool. below is the error trace. W: error: invalid file path 'C:\Users\ccre\res\drawable2\abc_ic_search_api_material.xml'. W: error: invalid file ...
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Android app crashes even while not edited, how can I solve it?

Installed an application from google playstore and then transferred to it my computer to apparently edit it and without any changes I made to it then I tried to install it through ADB, well the ...
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How can I retrieve the encryption key in this code?

can anyone explain the following code? is it possible to retrieve the encryption key? I think the code was heavily obfuscated in addition to obfuscation, I can recognize it is using algorithms like ...
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How to reverse engineering a proguarded .apk? [closed]

Lets say you have android1.apk file coded with proguard enable. I want to reverse engineer it in such a way that it shows the original methods names instead letters of alphabets, example bellow ...
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Is there a way to reverse engineer this small tool “website2apk” and design my own? [closed]

I recently came across this tool and was amazed by its size and how it can build release-apk, without even bothering about Android development environment set up on the machine, neither Cordova nor ...
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(Help) APK Decomplied unreadable .pngs

I decompiled an Android game APK to look at the source code / resources and the .pngs give me the error "It looks like we don't support this file format" when I try to view them in the Photos App. I'...
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DEX file referenced type is not defined in file

I am analyzing a dex file and to ease with reverse engineering, I converted it a jar so it could be decompiled. In the file android/support/v17/leanback/media/MediaControllerGlue.class, the following ...
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Calling functions of a shared object (.so) extracted from an APK

Decompiling a regular Android application I noticed that its code uses some native functions. So, unpacking the (.apk) file I found the usual "lib" folder and under that a series of folders for ...
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Android APK debugging: modify value of smali register

I am debugging an apk app that I do not have the sources for. I want to debug it on a smali level, not decompiled. I used to do this with apktool, but looking at their website, smali-debugging is ...
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How to export to *.so file after patching in ghidra

I'm using ghidra to patch an *.so file in the Android APK. While exporting the patched file from ghidra, using the "Export program" option from the "File" menu, it don't have *.so in the supported "...
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Unable to attach java sources to APK being debugged in Android Studio — Option not displayed

This article (https://developer.android.com/studio/debug/apk-debugger) explains how to debug third-party APKs and set breakpoints by attaching the java source (you can use decompiled code to get it ...
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(Help)Apk Decomplied unreadable files

I'm developing an android-based game for my school project. I chose an .apk to reference the visual parts. I've decompiled the .apk file I've specified. I can't view the image files I need. files ...
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decomplied apk with bad parameters

I'm trying to reverse engineering an android app API so this is what I tried: First the app was using Okhttp certificate pinning and I couldn't track the URLs with Charles then I tried this method ...
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Extract a secret from an Android apk or .so file

Context As an exercise I am researching all methods of hiding a secret in an android mobile app binary... Yes I know that with more or less effort they can always be extracted with static analyses, ...
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Android APK is somehow verifying package signatures without calling PackageManager.signatures

I'm reverse engineering a very popular Android app. They perform some type of signature verification on the APK, however they do it without: Calling PackageManager.signatures Calling PackageInfo....
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Common practices for 'hiding' a class within an Android application?

I've recently gotten into Android reverse engineering, and I've been messing around with some apps lately for education/research purposes to see how some things are done with private (mobile) APIs. ...
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Reconstructing Unity APK

Note: I am only doing this for educational purposes with no intent to redistribute I have decompiled an APK built with Unity successfully (Somewhat). Using an array of programs, I managed to extract ...
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Android APK reversing - Can't find the Main Class

I am reverse engineering an APK file. From the AndroidManifest.xml file, I found the class name (com.dfmlhsd.xecpwdugfsln.hnzpsm.KeQXGRNGu) corresponding to Main Action as shown below: <...
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Is there any way to access assembly-csharp from installed apk? (unity game, gamedata)

I'm playing a Japanese Unity game on my phone. I've translated everything that exist in the apk to English but the game downloads new content once you run the apk for the first time. Is there any way ...
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does android apk contain game mechanics?

Let's say I have an apk of an android fighting game. The mechanics of the game includes how characters use their skills, how the damages are calculated, etc. Are such mechanics stored within the apk? ...
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Does Google encrypt APK when downloading it from Play Store?

I use Fiddler to get APK of applications that I need. I used it for a long time, and usually it is not a problem to find APK in Fiddler log. In ancient times Google downloaded APK directly how it is ...
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Android Reverse Engineering Network Traffic Stack Trace

Lets say an Android application sends out a traffic out to the server and expects a Json Response Request: https://server:port/userid=user1&token=randomstring7345 We want to replicate the ...
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How to view SDK files and is it mandatory to run modified apk on rooted device

I am performing reverse engineering on android apk using apktool. Is there any way I can view the code in SDK/NDK files ? if i make any change in the .smali files is it necessary to run the modified ...
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What are the tools use for reverse engineering android apk?

Currently, I only know about apktool. But is there any tools that helps in checking the code, editing it and compiling it back to apk?
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verifyError in youtube android app modification

I try to decompile youtube android application and modify it but when I build the application and install on a virtual device faced with below error: E/AndroidRuntime(1782): java.lang.VerifyError: ...
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How to update reversed code of an updated application?

A few months ago I started to reverse engineer an Android app, and i have pretty much progress in it, but it's updated weekly. How should i go about updating the reversed code? I searched for ways ...
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Android- hiding private keys in .so file

I am working on an application where we need to encrypt certain assets at compile time in Gradle. We then need to decrypt them with the same private key, so we are using a symmetric key system but we ...
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Debugging third party apk without modifying apk

I have seen the ways to modify an apk using apktools and adding android:debugging="true" but I have an apk that check for changes and crashes if any changes are made. Is it possible to capture the ...
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Need help reversing an Android Game

I am trying to find the portion of code in an android game that is responsible for the main logic of the game. (e.g Calculating damage when shooting the zombie) The game is obviously using native code ...