Is it possible to move image files from a text thread on a phone to a virtual box without downloading them?
I'm looking into a spam bot that's been sending me messages on my phone (Samsung s10). It's sent a couple images that I want to try and scrape for metadata and do a reverse image search on. Since the images are from an untrusted source I don't want to download them to my phone. Is there a way to safely get these images into a virtual box?
It depends on the particular SMS application, version of Android, and what privileges you have.
Some apps might simply place files in a folder on the SD card, readable by anyone. Others may use some kind of private data or cache location that is only accessible to the particular app. In this case, you'd likely need root access to read these files.