Insecure Data Storage - Part 2

When you click on Insecure Data Storage - Part 2, you would see the following screen.

Insecure Data Storage 2a

It's view is similar to the previous challenge. Let's enter some credentials.

Insecure Data Storage 2b

We get a message stating that 3rd party credentials saved successfully.

Let's check the pseudocode of this activity with the help of dex2jar and jd-gui.

Insecure Data Storage 2c

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From the code we can understand that the activity creates a database ids2 if it doesn't exist. Then creates a table myuser which holds the strings user and password. In the function saveCredentials(), the app inserts the credentials into the table.

In Android, sqlite3 database format is used to store data as they are lightweight and runs on low memory devices. The databases of any app are stored in the location /data/data/<package_name>/databases where <package_name> is the unique name for each Android app.

Connect the emulator or the physical device in which the DIVA app is running. Make sure that you are root user. Go to the directory at /data/data/jakhar.aseem.diva/databases and check if there is any database with the name ids2.

Insecure Data Storage 2e

Then execute the command sqlite3 ids2 to open the database.

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NOTE: sqlite3 binary is pre-installed in most of the Android emulators and devices. If your physical device doesn't contain this binary, then try to pull the database to the local system with the help of adb (adb pull /data/data/jakhar.aseem.databases/ids2). Then use a local sqlite database management tool like sqlitebrowser to view the contents.

Type .tables and hit enter to view the tables created.

Insecure Data Storage 2g

Run the query .schema myuser to view the schema of the table.

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Run the query select user, password from myuser to get all the stored credentials.

Insecure Data Storage 2i

NOTE: Running the query .dump will dump all the previously executed queries of a database.

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Alternate way:

If we had seen the most recently modified file with the help of ls -la, we shall have understood that a file under databases folder had been modified. This method didn't require the decompilation of the app to view source code.

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  • Android uses sqlite3 databases to store the data
  • The databases of apps are stored under /data/data/<package_name>/databases directory
  • Using sqlite3 in Android we could view (and manage) the data inside the database
  • .tables - to view tables
  • .schema <tablename> - to view the schema of the table
  • .dump - to dump all the executed queries in the database