How malicious applications abuse Android permissions

Introduction Many Android applications on the Google Play Store request a plethora of permissions to the user. In most cases, those permissions are actually required by the application to work properly, even if it is not always clear why, while other times they are plainly unnecessary for the application or are used for malicious purposes. … Continue reading How malicious applications abuse Android permissions

How to analyze mobile malware: a Cabassous/FluBot Case study

This blogpost explains all the steps I took while analyzing the Cabassous/FluBot malware. I wrote this while analyzing the sample and I've written down both successful and failed attempts at moving forward, as well as my thoughts/options along the way. As a result, this blogpost is not a writeup of the Cabassous/FluBot malware, but rather … Continue reading How to analyze mobile malware: a Cabassous/FluBot Case study

Proxying Android app traffic – Common issues / checklist

During a mobile assessment, there will typically be two sub-assessments: The mobile frontend, and the backend API. In order to examine the security of the API, you will either need extensive documentation such as Swagger or Postman files, or you can let the mobile application generate all the traffic for you and simply intercept and … Continue reading Proxying Android app traffic – Common issues / checklist

Intercepting Flutter traffic on Android (ARMv8)

In a previous blogpost, I explained my steps for reversing the flutter.so binary to identify the correct offset/pattern to bypass certificate validation. As a very quick summary: Flutter doesn't use the system's proxy settings, and it doesn't use the system's certificate store, so normal approaches don't work. My previous guide only explained how to intercept … Continue reading Intercepting Flutter traffic on Android (ARMv8)