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Android Hacker's Handbook 1st Edition

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A complete guide to securing the Android operating system

The Android Hacker’s Handbook provides network security professionals and mobile device administrators with the specifics of the Android operating system from a security standpoint. This book explains how the operating system works, security risks associated with it, and the overall security architecture of the operating system. It also explains how vulnerabilities can be found in, and exploits developed for, various components of the system.

Written by some of the world’s foremost Android security researchers, the Android Hacker’s Handbook is the only resource of its kind to explore Android security on this level. This essential guide includes both implementation details as well as complexities introduced by the open nature of the OS.

Learn to:

  • Become familiar with security implementation details, as well as complexities introduced by the open nature of the Android OS
  • Avoid common security pitfalls and stay ahead of the latest smartphone hacking strategies
  • Review the various types of attacks that have been successful against the Android OS
  • Explore rooting and gain an understanding of the partition layout, boot process
  • Understand the complex nature of the Android ecosystem, including the impact of various hardware vendors and software developers

About the Author

JOSHUA J. DRAKE is a Director of Research Science at Accuvant LABS.

PAU OLIVA FORA is a Mobile Security Engineer with viaForensics.

ZACH LANIER is a Senior Security Researcher at Duo Security.

COLLIN MULLINER is a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University.

STEPHEN A. RIDLEY is a Principal Researcher with Xipiter.

GEORG WICHERSKI is a Senior Security Researcher with CrowdStrike.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111860864X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118608647
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished reading the book - "Android Hackers Handbook". Truth be told, you can't find any other book which covers Android security and exploitation in such a detailed approach like this one.

After reading through each chapter, you'll feel like you've gained a huge knowledge base, which you could immediately apply in real-life scenario. I personally liked 4 chapters out of the total 13 the most - Debugging and Analysing Vulnerabilities (Chap7), User Space (Chap 8) Exploitation, ROP(Chap9) and Attacking RIL (Chap 11) .

Almost all of the concepts are explained along with the real code sample, which will help you when you try it out on your device. A perfect 5 for this book coming from the experts in Android Security.
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After reading the first chapter, you get a clear understanding of Android's origins and how the whole ecosystem works. The authors do an incredible job explaining things from start to finish. Chapter 3 on rooting devices also looks full of goodies. Great for plane and leisure reading, as well as to learn the fundamentals of Android security. Recommended for sure!
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I found all the content interesting and I'm a person that likes to believe I can one day teach myself to hack Android devices. It's been helpful at work too when I've been trying to manipulate Android devices for my purposes.
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This book is an expansive guide to Android's security architecture. It is easy-to-follow and well-written, not riddled with typos and poorly laid out like many computer science textbooks. It can be a bit wordy and very technical. This is not a book for people new to Android, you should have some experience with Java and C if you want to fully appreciate this book.
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The "Android Hacker's Handbook" is a comprehensive guide to the Android operating system and its vulnerabilities, aimed at seasoned network security experts and mobile device specialists. In preparing the text, Wiley have drawn together a raft of expert technical authors: Joshua Drake, Director of Research Science, Accuvant Labs; Pau Oliva Fora, Mobile Security Engineer with viaForensics; Zach Lanier, Senior Security Researcher at Duo Security; Collin Mulliner, postdoc researcher at Northeastern University; Stephen A. Ridley, Principal Researcher with Xipiter; and Georg Wicherski, Senior Security Researcher with CrowdStrike. They have also done an excellent editing job, ensuring that the seams between the variously authored sections are invisible, with perfect continuity of style and clarity of presentation.

The book is highly technical but progresses logically and systematically from the opening chapter's consideration of the Android ecosystem with particular emphasis on the security implications arising from implementation fragmentation and compatibility issues, through specific features of Android design and functionality and the vulnerabilities arising therefrom, and finally wrapping everything up with an exposition of the possibilities arising from direct access to Android devices' hardware components to further research device vulnerabilities.
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This is a solid book on Android hacking. If you are a pen tester getting into mobile applications I would get the mobile application hacker handbook first. If you are looking to get deeper into Android security research this is a great book to get.
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Very thorough and informative book. I am fairly experienced in android and I still found this book valuable. I can see where this book would be useful to the entire spectrum of readers from novice to advanced. A must have in any hackers briefcase.
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I have not finished the book and honestly I am not even close, but I wanted to give a review anyway because the technical depth of the book is amazing. This is not like some of the other books which provides content from web and other sources. This is original material and serious read. I am hoping to extend this review when I make progress to completion.
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