OpenSSL Checker


0.1.0 (Oct 12, 2016)
Oct 7, 2016
Nov 28, 2016 (Retired)
Bryan Herbst (bherbst)
Bryan Herbst (bherbst)
Source code

OpenSSL Vulnerabilty Checker

A Gradle plugin for checking whether an .apk or an .aar contains OpenSSL versions with known vulnerabilities.

Google automatically scans the APKs you upload to the Play Store for versions of OpenSSL that contain known vulnerabilities. If it detects a vulnerable OpenSSL version, your app will be rejected. You can find more information on addressing these vulnerabilities in your application here.


In your project's root build.gradle:

buildscript {
    repositories {
        // jCenter() or mavenCentral()

    dependencies {
        classpath 'com.bryanherbst.openssl-checker:openssl-checker:1.0.0'

In your app/build.gradle:

apply plugin: 'android'
apply plugin: 'com.bryanherbst.openssl-checker'

Then run ./gradlew check[variantName]OpenSSL. For example, ./gradlew checkDebugOpenSsl. This task will fail if a vulnerable version is found.

Note: This plugin currently only works on Unix machines, as it runs a shell command to analyze your build's output file. Contributions to get it working on Windows are welcome!

Sample output

Found OpenSSL version 1.0.0m in:
        - /Users/username/bad-library/openssl-1.0.0m
:app:checkDebugOpenSsl FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:checkDebugOpenSSL'.
> OpenSSL 1.0.0m detected and contains known vulnerabilities

Source attribution

When possible, this plugin will attempt to tell you where a vulnerable Open SSL version came from. This relies on the fact that when someone builds Open SSL, the path at which they built it is often left in the built .so files.

For example, if you see this:

Found OpenSSL version 1.0.0m in:
        - /Users/username/bad-library/openssl-1.0.0m

You can assume pretty reasonably that "bad-library" is to blame for the bad version of Open SSL.

If the source is "unknown," we couldn't find a file path that looked like an Open SSL file path, so we couldn't make any recommendations as to who might be at fault.

Vulnerabilities detected

This plugin works by unzipping your apk/aar and checking for references to insecure OpenSSL versions.

Currently only versions released after 1.0.2f and 1.0.1r are considered secure, which matches what Google currently considers secure for Android applications.

You can achieve similar results by running unzip -p your-app.apk | strings | grep "OpenSSL".