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Status Submitted
Workspace Mobile Foundation
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 10, 2022

MFP SDK for Android to provide a unique identifier for the app versions in the user agent requesting an endpoint on the traffic level itself same like it is shown on iOS traffic.

We are continuously working to enhance and minimize suspicious high traffic activities generated by bad actors. We have placed rate-limiting rules to block high traffic generated by bad actors, which they get around by hitting endpoints under the rate limit threshold so their IP addresses are not blocked by the rules in place. Further reducing the number or calls in rate-limiting rule may not always be a good option as we may impact the genuine users that use shared/public wifi. We needed to find alternative solutions to detect and block the IP address from bad actors that generate suspicious high traffic and found that frontend native traffic have user agents in their header, which we were able to identify in iOS devices traffic (as Apple is the only manufacturer of iOS devices) and block the user agents we don't need. The same does not happen on Android, there is inconsistency across the two native platforms. Sample rate limiting rule: BLOCK (http.user_agent contains "Customer/3.1.0") or (http.user_agent contains "Customer/3.1.1") or.... But in the case of the Android device, identifying the user agent is very complex as Android has multiple device manufacturers and no app version is there like in iOS. Sample user-agents for android: - WLNativeAPI(jackpotltecan; PPR1.180610.011.A530WVLUACTB2; SM-A530W; SDK 28; Android 9) - WLNativeAPI(HWMAR; MAR-L22B 10.0.0.194(C636E3R2P1); MAR-LX2; SDK 29; Android 10) - WLNativeAPI(a50; PPR1.180610.011.A505WVLS4ATA3; SM-A505W; SDK 28; Android 9) - WLNativeAPI(whyred; PKQ1.180904.001; Redmi Note 5 Pro; SDK 28; Android 9) Below is the Traffic capture pattern sample for both: iOS: "ClientRequestUserAgent":"Customer/3.5.1 (iPhone; iOS 15.3; Scale/3.00),Customer/3.5.1 (iPhone; iOS 15.3; Scale/3.00),Customer/3.5.1 (iPhone; iOS 15.3; Scale/3.00)/WLNativeAPI/8.0.0.00.2016-01-24T11:48:54Z" Android: "ClientRequestUserAgent":"WLNativeAPI(z3q; RP1A.200720.012.G988WVLS2DUJ1; SM-G988W; SDK 30; Android 11)" you can see above in android there is not app version identifier "Customer/3.5.1" as in iOS. We request you to provide a unique identifier for all Android device manufacturers. Enhancing the native Android MFP SDK will be required. Thank you Abhishek Neogi Application Developer | UI Garage, iX
Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Mar 2, 2022

    We would be able to append AppID/AppVersion at the end of User-agent along with phone information for Android. But we cannot match exact pattern as similar to iOS specific User-agent.