Analyzing Android Apps


We need a few tools:

  • Burpsuite
  • Genymotion
  • Genymotion ARM Translation
  • Xposed
  • SSLUnpinning


Explained how to install previously.
I’ll be using a Android 6.0 device here (SDK 23). I’m bridging the network connection.
Android 7.0+ didn’t want to accept my burp certificate. Worked on my laptop though…

If you want to use the Google Play store, press Install OpenGAPPS.


To use modules like SSLUnpinning we need Xposed. To install:

Homepage is here.
But as we use a Android >5.0 device, we need to go the forums.
Download the XposedInstaller_3.1.5.apk from there (wasn’t online for me, got it from here; no clue how safe that is).
Then download the from here. Choose your android version and x86.

  1. Download the files
  2. Drag-and-drop the onto the virtual device window
  3. Restart the device
  4. Drag-and-drop the apk onto the window
  5. Open the installer. If it shows “Xposed is installed but not active”, reboot your device again. If it still doesn’t work, no clue. Google. Probably.

You can probably use the Xposed installer too.


We may need this if our app uses SSL Pinning. To install:

  1. Download the apk from here for your android version
  2. Just drag-and-drop the apk on the window


We’ll use Burpsuite to catch/manipulate requests. Download from here. The setup:

  1. Download and install
  2. Under Proxy > Options > Proxy Listeners add a listener on all interfaces.
  3. On your device set the network proxy to your ip and port of the proxy (default 8080). For Android 7.0: Settings > Wi-Fi > Long Press on WiredSSID > Modify Network > Proxy > Manual.

If we now make a web request (like browse to, burp should catch the request. If not you fucked up or the proxy isn’t intercepting.

You also need to import the burp certificate:

  1. Export the certificate in Proxy > Options > Import / Export > Certificate in DER Format
  2. Drag-and-drop the .cer file
  3. Settings > Wi-Fi > Dots in the top right corner > Advanced > Install Certificates
  4. OR Settings > Security > Install from SD Card
  5. Select the file from Android > Download

You may need to set a pin/password/pattern

If you’re on Android 7.0+ (Source):

# Convert DER to PEM
openssl x509 -inform DER -in cacert.der -out cacert.pem

# Get subject_hash_old (or subject_hash if OpenSSL < 1.0)
openssl x509 -inform PEM -subject_hash_old -in cacert.pem |head -1

# Rename cacert.pem to <hash>.0
mv cacert.pem 9a5ba575.0

# Remount and copy cert to device
adb root
adb remount
adb push 9a5ba575.0 /sdcard/
adb shell
vbox86p:/ # mv /sdcard/9a5ba575.0 /system/etc/security/cacerts/
vbox86p:/ # chmod 644 /system/etc/security/cacerts/9a5ba575.0
vbox86p:/ # reboot

A case of Windows

So apparently the Windows 10 2004 update destroyed all drivers and more importantly for me:
All my genymotion virtual devices won’t start anymore. The good thing about Genymotion is that the error handling is extrordinary (“Unable to start Genymotion Virtual Device.”).

We can create logs though and looking through it, I found that the “VirtualBox Host-only Adapter #3” wasn’t found. A look into the network settings showed that there only was #1, #2 and #4.

Okay I tried:

  • Creating a new host-only adapter, it may fill in the #3: nope #5
  • Delete all adapters and recreate: #1, #2, #4
  • Delete all virtual machines: Still doesn’t work

The solution:

  • Open the .vbox in VirtualBox
  • Change the network settings to use another adapter

This may work, but the update fried all machines and made new ones slow af and not working properly. I just reinstalled VirtualBox and Genymotion…