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Insecure service configuration - App Backup


The application has the backup option active, which allows an attacker who has access to a users device to obtain the information stored by the application inside the device.


Obtain confidential user and application information.


Unless absolutely necessary, the application should not allow to backup itself.


Anonymous attacker with local access to a users device.

Expected Remediation Time

⌚ 15 minutes.


Default score using CVSS 3.1. It may change depending on the context of the vulnerability.


  • Attack vector: L
  • Attack complexity: H
  • Privileges required: N
  • User interaction: N
  • Scope: U
  • Confidentiality: L
  • Integrity: N
  • Availability: N


  • Exploit code madurity: X
  • Remediation level: O
  • Report confidence: X


  • Vector string: CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N/E:X/RL:O/RC:X
  • Score:
    • Base: 2.9
    • Temporal: 2.8
  • Severity:
    • Base: Low
    • Temporal: Low

Code Examples

Compliant code

The app manifest does not allow backup

<manifest ... >
<application android:allowBackup="false" ... >

Non compliant code

The allowBackup option is set to true in the app manifest

<manifest ... >
<application android:allowBackup="true" ... >


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