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Android Penetration Testing Lab Setup Process

For the Android application penetration tester, a common problem is setting up a safe and reliable testing environment in which to work. This can be a time-consuming task, as there are many components that need to be configured correctly in order for the process to be successful. In this blog post, we will explore the process of setting up an Android penetration testing lab, step by step. By the end, you will have all the information you need to get started on your own tests with confidence.

What You Will Need

To set up an Android penetration testing lab, you will need the following items:

-A computer with at least 8GB of RAM and a fast processor. This will be used to run the virtual machine that will host the Android environment.

-VirtualBox or another virtualization software. This will be used to create the virtual machine that will host the Android environment.

-The latest version of the Android SDK. This can be downloaded from the Android Developer website.

-An image of a supported Android device. This can be downloaded from the Android Developer website as well.

Download and Install Android SDK

Assuming you have all the prerequisite software installed on your Windows machine, the next thing you need to do is download and install the Android SDK. The Android SDK is a suite of tools that help you develop Android applications.

You can download the Android SDK from the Android Developer website:

https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

Once you have downloaded the SDK, unzip it to a folder on your hard drive. We will refer to this folder as in the rest of this document.

Next, launch the SDK Manager tool by double-clicking on the icon named “SDK Manager” in the directory. This will open up a window with a list of all available Android platform versions and components that you can download for each platform version. At a minimum, you should select the latest stable platform version and its corresponding API level (currently API level 28) and make sure that the “Show package details” checkbox at the bottom of the window is checked:
Click on the “Install 4 packages” button to download the selected packages. These packages will be downloaded to the subfolder of your Android SDK installation directory.

Once the platforms and components have been downloaded, you can close the SDK Manager tool.

What Is a Virtual Device?

The Android Emulator is capable of running different versions of the Android OS as well as virtual hardware configurations. Each configurable option for a given version of the Android OS is represented by a device definition in the form of an XML file with a .avd extension stored in subfolder of your Android SDK installation directory. For example, when you select API level 28 (Android 9 Pie) in the SDK Manager and install its corresponding packages, one or more device definitions for that platform version will be created for you under subfolder:

When starting up the emulator from Android Studio with this device definition selected, it will run an instance of AVD with all options configured according to that device definition’s corresponding XML file. In most cases, this will give you enough flexibility to develop and test your app without having to configure any additional options when starting up an AVD instance from Android Studio. However, there may be times when you need more control over

Set Up an Emulator

If you’re looking to set up an Android Penetration Testing Lab, there are a few things you’ll need to do. First, you’ll need to install the Android SDK on your computer. Then, you’ll need to create an Android Virtual Device (AVD) using the AVD Manager. Once you have your AVD set up, you can launch it in the Emulator.

To install the Android SDK, head over to the Android Developer website and download the SDK for your platform. Once it’s downloaded, unzip it and open up the SDK Manager. From here, you can install all of the necessary packages for developing Android applications. However, for our purposes, we only need to install two packages: “Android SDK Platform-tools” and “Android 6.0 (API 23)”. Once these packages are installed, we can move on to setting up our AVD.

To create an AVD, open up the AVD Manager from within the Android SDK directory. Click on “Create Virtual Device…” and select the type of device you want to emulate. For our purposes, we’ll be using a Nexus 5X with API 23. Once you’ve selected your device, click “Next”. On the next screen, select the system image you want to use for your AVD. Again, we’ll be using API

Configure Burp Suite Proxy

In order to configure Burp Suite Proxy, you will need to first download and install the software. Once installed, open the program and click on the “Proxy” tab. Under the “Proxy Listeners” section, click on the “Add” button.

In the “Bind to port” field, enter 8080. Leave all other settings as their default values and click on the “OK” button. Next, we need to configure our browser to use Burp Suite Proxy.

For Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the top-right corner of the browser and select “Settings”. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced”. Under the “Network” section, click on “Change proxy settings”.

This will open up your computer’s Internet Settings window. Click on the “Connections” tab and then click on the “Lan settings” button. Check the box next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, enter 127.0.0.1 in both fields next to “Address” and leave 8080 as the Port number. Click on OK when you are finished.

For Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon in the top-right corner of the browser and select “Options”. In the Firefox Options window, select the General tab if it is not already selected by default. In the middle of this page, under Connection Settings, check markthe box next to Manual proxy configuration: Enter 127

Install SSL Certificate on Android Device

SSL certificates are used to secure communication between a client and a server. They are used to verify the identity of a website and encrypt information sent between the two parties. SSL certificates are typically installed on web servers, but they can also be installed on other types of servers, such as email or application servers.

Android devices do not have built-in support for SSL certificates, so they must be installed manually. The process of installing an SSL certificate on an Android device is similar to the process of installing one on a web server.

First, you will need to generate a certificate signing request (CSR). This can be done using the openssl tool. Once you have generated the CSR, you will need to submit it to a certificate authority (CA) to sign it. After you have received the signed certificate from the CA, you will need to install it on your Android device.

The easiest way to install an SSL certificate on an Android device is by using a third-party app. There are many different apps available that can help you with this process. Once you have installed the app, follow the instructions provided by the app to install your SSL certificate.

Test for Weaknesses

When you are setting up an Android penetration testing lab, it is important to test for weaknesses. You can do this by running a port scan and looking for open ports that could be exploited. Additionally, you can use a vulnerability scanner to find potential vulnerabilities in the system.
Exploit Weaknesses

Once you have found some potential weaknesses, you can try to exploit them. For example, if you find an open port, you can try to connect to it and see if you can gain access to the system. Additionally, if you find a vulnerability, you can try to exploit it to see if you can gain access to the system.

For the lab setup please refer to this article:

https://medium.com/@meghana_/lab-setup-for-android-penetration-testing-8bf668d99c86

https://levelup.gitconnected.com/android-pentest-lab-setup-a-comprehensive-guide-for-beginners-in-mobile-pentesting-45d0fa29930f

https://infosecwriteups.com/android-pentesting-lab-4a6fe1a1d2e0

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