Bulletproof Android: Practical Advice for Building Secure Apps (Developer's Library)

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Battle-Tested Best Practices for Securing Android Apps throughout the Development Lifecycle

 

Android’s immense popularity has made it today’s #1 target for attack: High-profile victims include Starbucks, Facebook, and Delta Airlines, just to name a few. Today, every Android app needs to resist aggressive attacks and protect data, and in Bulletproof Android™, Godfrey Nolan shows you how.

 

Unlike “black hat/gray hat” books that focus on breaking code, this guide brings together complete best practices for hardening code throughout the entire development lifecycle. Using detailed examples from hundreds of apps he has personally audited, Nolan identifies common “anti-patterns” that expose apps to attack, and then demonstrates more secure solutions.

 

Nolan covers authentication, networking, databases, server attacks, libraries, hardware, and more. He illuminates each technique with code examples, offering expert advice on implementation and trade-offs.

 

Learn how to 

  • Apply core practices for securing the platform
  • Protect code, algorithms, and business rules from reverse engineering
  • Eliminate hardcoding of keys, APIs, and other static data
  • Eradicate extraneous data from production APKs
  • Overcome the unique challenges of mobile authentication and login
  • Transmit information securely using SSL
  • Prevent “man-in-the-middle” attacks
  • Safely store data on SD cards and in SQLite databases
  • Prevent attacks against web servers and services
  • Avoid side-channel data leakage through third-party libraries
  • Secure APKs running on diverse devices and Android versions
  • Achieve HIPAA or FIPS compliance
  • Harden devices with encryption, SELinux, Knox, and MDM
  • Preview emerging attacks and countermeasures, including ART 

All source code will be available for download.

 

This guide is a perfect complement to Nolan’s Android™ Security Essentials LiveLessons(video training; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-382904-4) and reflects new risks that have been identified since the LiveLessons were released.

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In Bulletproof Android, Godfrey Nolan brings together comprehensive, up-to-date best practices for writing apps that resist attack and won't leak information: yours, or your users. Unlike other Android security books focused on "breaking" code, Bulletproof Android focuses on strengthening code security throughout your entire development lifecycle. Nolan thoroughly addresses crucial issues including:

  • Protecting code that communicates with back-end web servers
  • Safeguarding Android databases, including SQLite and SQLcipher
  • Resisting web service attacks via XSS, SQL injection, and other means
  • Using webviews securely
  • Enabling secure user login and information transmission
  • Protecting code and business rules from reverse engineering
  • Safely integrating third-party libraries
  • Taking advantage of encryption, SELinux, Knox, and Mobile Device Management
  • Futureproofing code: DVM, ART, and beyond
  • And much more

Each tactic and technique is presented with working code examples and practical advice -- including expert insights into pros, cons, and tradeoffs. All source code is available for download, and each subsection is supported with a complete sample app that demonstrates security problems and how to solve them.

About the Author:

Godfrey Nolan is the founder and president of the mobile and web development company RIIS LLC based in Troy, Michigan, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is his fourth book. He has had a healthy obsession with reverse engineering bytecode since he wrote "Decompile Once, Run Anywhere," which first appeared in Web Techniques magazine way back in September 1997. Godfrey is originally from Dublin, Ireland.

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