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linux_BSD 10-31-2012 08:41 PM

Using android as a server

I noticed that android has server applications to make android run as a service for clients. Is it safe to make android run as a server?

ofrazier 10-31-2012 10:03 PM

As you are probably aware the only "safe" server is a stand alone. Are you asking about availabilty, scalability, data integrity, or a specific vulnerability? All services have some vulnerability, as Administrators we can only attempt to mitigate specific risks.

linux_BSD 10-31-2012 10:41 PM

There is an app called Meadiaserver which allows you to stream media from an android device to a DLNA compliant device and/or client. It uses uPnP and DLNA protocols. I know uPnP is not secure but I'm not sure about DLNA.

ofrazier 11-01-2012 05:20 AM

From what I know of DNLA, it is merely and implementation of UPnP. That would leave is as exposed as UPnP. Behind the firewall of a trusted network, no problem, but in public, you would need to secure your connection via VPN or if applicable HTTPS to acheive any level of protection. I have not looked into GUPnP at all, but it may be a solution depending upon the architeture that your implementation incorporates.

linux_BSD 11-01-2012 03:38 PM

Hi ofrazier

Yes, if I decide to use this app it will be only for local network streaming and not public. So I guess it should be technically safe. Also it will be on only a hour or so.

Thanks for replying

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