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Learning Pentesting for Android Devices by Aditya Gupta

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Content provider leakage

Many of the applications use content providers to store and query data within the application or the data from the phone. Unless the content providers have been defined to be accessed with permission, any other application could also access the application's data using the application's defined content providers. All content providers have a unique Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) in order to be identified and queried. The standard convention of naming the content provider's URIs is to start it with content://.

With an Android API-level lower than 17, the default property of a content provider is always exported. This means that unless the developer specifies the permissions, any application can access and query the data ...

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