Use of Implicit intent to send a broadcast with sensitive data
The com.insecureshop.AboutUsActivity contains the following code:
public final void onSendData(android.view.View view) {
kotlin.jvm.internal.Intrinsics.checkParameterIsNotNull(view, "view");
java.lang.String userName = com.insecureshop.util.Prefs.INSTANCE.getUsername();
if (userName == null) {
java.lang.String password = com.insecureshop.util.Prefs.INSTANCE.getPassword();
if (password == null) {
android.content.Intent intent = new android.content.Intent("com.insecureshop.action.BROADCAST");
intent.putExtra("username", userName);
intent.putExtra("password", password);
android.widget.TextView textView = (android.widget.TextView) _$_findCachedViewById(;
kotlin.jvm.internal.Intrinsics.checkExpressionValueIsNotNull(textView, "textView");
textView.setText("InsecureShop is an intentionally designed vulnerable android app built in Kotlin.");
The above code defines an action com.insecureshop.action.BROADCAST and use implicit intent to send a broadcast containing username and password of the logged-in user.

Note (If you are exploiting this on Android version 7 and above):

On Android O, code like this no longer works the way that you expect:
sendBroadcast(new Intent(""));
Normally, this broadcast would be received by all receivers that are registered for that custom action string. Even on O, two sets of receivers will still receive the broadcast:
  • Those whose apps have targetSdkVersion of 25 or lower
  • Those that were registered via registerReceiver() of some already-running process
To use Implicit Receivers in your application, you need to define them programmatically in your code, using registerReceiver().


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