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The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a toolkit included in the Android SDK package. It consists of both client and server-side programs that communicate with one another. The ADB is typically accessed through the command-line interface,<ref name="ADBdev">"Android Debug Bridge | Android Developers" Accessed December 27, 2012</ref> although numerous graphical user interfaces exist to control ADB.

The format for issuing commands through the ADB is typically:

adb [-d|-e|-s <serialNumber>] <command>

In a security issue reported in March 2011, ADB was targeted as a vector to attempt to install a rootkit on connected phones using a "resource exhaustion attack".<ref>Lemos, Robert "Open source vulnerabilities paint a target on Android" March 25, 2011, accessed December 27, 2012</ref>


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