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Last updated: May 08, 2023

Testing Emulator Detection


In order to test for emulator detection you can try to run the app on different emulators as indicated in section "Emulator Detection" and see what happens.

The app should respond in some way. For example by:

  • Alerting the user and asking for accepting liability.
  • Preventing execution by gracefully terminating.
  • Reporting to a backend server, e.g, for fraud detection.

You can also reverse engineer the app using ideas for strings and methods from section "Emulator Detection".

Next, work on bypassing this detection and answer the following questions:

  • Can the mechanisms be bypassed trivially (e.g., by hooking a single API function)?
  • How difficult is identifying the detection code via static and dynamic analysis?
  • Did you need to write custom code to disable the defenses? How much time did you need?
  • What is your assessment of the difficulty of bypassing the mechanisms?