Authenticity in Native Android applications

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This is a continuation of the Application Authenticity Protection tutorial.

Adding required files

From the MobileFirst project's Native API folder, copy the following folders to your native's project lib folder: armabi, armabi-v7a, mips, x86.

The application-descriptor.xml file

You modify the application-descriptor.xml file of your application by adding a security test and a public signing key.

Adding the security test

Add the securityTest attribute to the Android or iPhone/iPad environment element. For example:

 <iphone bundleId="com.worklight.MyBankApp" applicationId="MyBankApp" securityTest="customTests" version="1.0"> 

 

Adding the public signing key

  1. Extract the public signing key of the certificate that is used to sign application bundle (.apk file).
    • If the application is built for distribution (production), extract the public key from the certificate that is used to sign the production-ready application.
    • If the application is built in the development environment, you can use the default public key that is supplied by the Android SDK. You can find the development certificate in a keystore that is in a {user-home}/.android/debug.keystore file.

    You can extract the public signing key either manually or by using the wizard that MobileFirst Studio provides.

    Extracting the public signing key by using the wizard

    1. Right-click the Android NativeAPI folder and select Extract public signing key.
    2. Specify the location and the password of a keystore file and click Load Keystore. The default password for debug.keystore is android.
    3. Set the Key alias and click Next.
    4. A dialog displays the public key.

    5. Click Finish to automatically paste the public signing key to the relevant section of the application-descriptor.xml file.

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  • Add the Application package name by using the Application Descriptor Editor (design view).
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  • Take the Application package name value from the package attribute of the manifest node in the AndroidManifest.xml.
    If you decide to change the value, make sure that you change it in both locations.

    You can also edit the application-descriptor.xml file directly to add the package name:

    <android version="1.0" securityTest="customTests">
        <worklightSettings include="false"/>
        <security>
            <encryptWebResources enabled="false"/>
            <testWebResourcesChecksum enabled="false" ignoreFileExtensions="png, jpg, jpeg, gif, mp4, mp3"/>
            <publicSigningKey>MIGfM …</publicSigningKey>
            <packageName>com.MyBankApp</packageName>
        </security>
    </android>

  • From the Worklight project Native API folder, copy the following folders to your native project lib folder: armabi, armabi-v7a, mips, x86.
  • Last modified on November 09, 2016