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Secure erase iOS devices

All iOS devices from the iPhone 3GS have a hardware encryption chip, right? When you erase an iOS device with the "Erase All Content and Settings" menu item or via Remote Wipe the encryption keys are ...
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Why do mobile operating systems not implement a way to deny permissions to an app?

Android and iOS (afaik) implement a relativly fine-grained permission schema for their apps. But as I user I only have the change to acceppt all or nothing. When I think about it, it shouldn't be a ...
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iOS VPN profiles - are the signing certificates global? Can this be a MITM exploit?

I have installed an app on iOS to connect to a well-known VPN service. The app requests installation of a profile onto iOS, which as far as I can see are a collection of 7 certificates - 5 of which ...
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iPhone iOS 7 Encryption at Lock Screen

Following this topic, I have a question about how the OS and apps access data while the phone is locked. Particularly in the case of iPhone 5S running iOS 7. When the device is locked, what allows ...
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Detection of function hooking in iOS

So far as I know, in iOS there are three techniques of function hooking: preload library using DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES imported symbol table redirection using fishhook patch the functions when they ...
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How Secure Rooted or Jailbroken Devices are?

I am just wondering, but how can I harden the security of jailbroken or rooted devices? I understand that SD Card can be still accessible, but how could potential adversaries compromise for example ...
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Storing session key for iOS app

For an iOS app that communicates with a RESTful service over HTTPS, should the session key be stored in Keychain or NSUserDefaults? Username and password are stored in Keychain, and it would seem ...
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Loginless Client/Server Architecture (iOS)

I'm currently in the phase of planing a project involving loginless service. Users would be identified by an unique device id created on the client (ios). What are the security concerns? sockets ...
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Are SIM proactive commands secure?

A SIM card can initiate some communication with a mobile device with so called "proactive commands" (chapter 6 of http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gts/11/1114/05.04.00_60/gsmts_1114v050400p.pdf). ...
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Does changing my password after OAuth login in mobile app help reduce risk?

When you use a mobile app that needs Google OAuth login, you can't fully trust the third party app because you can't tell what url the webview is using. Who knows if they aren't storing my login and ...
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Security of email sent/received on iPhone via Mail app

In regards to the default Mail app on iOS 8, setup with various mail accounts gmail, outlook etc. Are emails sent/received to/from the phone securely, if so, how? Can someone who is snooping on the ...
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Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device?

Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device? We're talking about visiting such sites via a browser. We're not talking about downloading any malicious apps. Thanks!
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Intercept data sent via bluetooth

I am trying to re-write a closed-source application, originally deployed on mobile devices, that lets you command and control a certain type of mechanical robots via bluetooth. The new application I ...
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Is possible to know if increased marketshare means more viruses?

I'm having an argument with other developers about why more "viruses" exist (including all forms of external attacks, exploits, etc) in Android vs iOS. Like with Windows vs *nix, the main idea is that ...
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How is the iOS KeyChain master key derived?

I'm no expert but I'm assuming that on OSX it's derived from the user account password. I'm more than open to the possibility of that being incorrect. On iOS there is no user account password, only a ...
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Capturing iTunes traffic with Wireshark - SSL decryption question

I'm fooling around with Wireshark to capture the activation packets for an iPhone and some other stuff, however the traffic is encrypted. There should be a private SSL key somewhere on my computer to ...
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How does Activesync security policy affect the usage of the iOS fingerprint scanner?

An Activesync IT administrator has the ability to choose if the phone should require a password, and also how complex it should be. Since the fingerprint scanner appears to replace the traditional ...
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HTTPS verification failed - get certificate information iPad/iPhone

I went to log onto my bank's internet banking website this morning using Google Chrome browser on my iPad. I get the red error message of death. I can't figure out why. It's happening on both my ...
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Security analysis tools for iOS 6 [closed]

Searched over web, however could not find much info on security analysis tools for iOS6. Can somebody point me to the security analysis (Static Code Analysis & Pen Testing) tools for iOS6?
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How secure are native iPhone - PUSH Services

The native app is sending the UDID to Provider Service for recieving PUSH Notification thru APNS. How is it possible to prevent tampered request(modified UDID) getting processed at Provider Service? ...
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Mount Iphone for Forensic Analysis or Take Forensic Image

How do I mount my iphone to look at it's files forensically? I have FTK Imager (the only free program I could find) but it doesnt mount it as a drive and I can't seem to take a forensic image of the ...
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How safe is the new iOS Keychain that stores credit card numbers?

iOS7 includes iCloud Keychain which syncs your stored passwords across devices. Not only that but it also syncs credit card numbers. The only information I can find about encryption is that they are ...
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Is there any way to list the contents of the iPhone/OSX Keychain and their security level?

I have a few apps that I purchased from the app store that probably store information in my keychain on OSX and on the iPhone. Since it's possible for keychain items to be bound to a device (and ...
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Any problems with UCC (multidomain) SSL certs on iOS and Windows Phones?

Are they any known issues with UCC (multidomain) SSL certs on iOS or Windows Phone? Let's say I want to have Exchange server under outlook.mycompany.com and RemoteApp Portal under ...
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Is XRY Forensic Tool able to extract data from iPhones?

As far as I know this only DOESN'T work with iPhone 4S and iPad2 / iPad 3, because of the fixed Boot Rom. So, is it no longer possible to brute-force the passcode lock? Can anybody confirm this with ...
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Which crypto-algorithem uses iOS in NSDataWritingFileProtection and what is the keysize?

I need to know the crypto algorithm and key strength of NSDataWritingFileProtection. I would like to know the same things for using the Keychain and NSFileManager. I searched the Apple Developer ...
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Guidelines for secure iPhone application development

Are there any security guidelines for development and assessment of (native) iPhone applications?
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Securing iPads and laptops in an enterprise

We have users in our organization who own iPads and we'd like to connect them to the network; however, if the users download and store sensitive data on the devices, that can pose a security issue. Is ...
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How to tell if Firefox Home (iOS) is using Data Protection API?

The source code is here: http://mxr.mozilla.org/services-central/source/fx-home/ What should I be looking/search for? Or even how to extract /ffhomeDB.sq3 and see what it contains.
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Code analyzer for Objective C? [closed]

Has anyone come across a code analyzer that could be run on OS other than Mac to scan for Objective C (for iOS) code?
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Should a Mobile app able to check what password is locally saved via a user facing feature?

I'm working at a company who is currently working to secure their mobile app (iOS native) by adding check points to security sensitive screens on the device (data is stored in the iOS keychain). User ...
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Does using Chrome bypass the Apple iOS gotofail bug ?

Does the recent certificate gotofail bug affect me if I'm running version 6 of iOS, but only use Chrome as my browser?
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What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect?

I'm interested in unique information that is beyond typical user knowledge or control. As of iOS 7, users can easily protect local physical tracking by controlling radios (cell, WiFi, Bluetooth) in ...
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Security: Oauth and Mobile apps

This is what I believe are the security implications of integrating Oauth using embedded webview vs browser in mobile application. Embedded Webview * Keep UI for mobile app Security implications ...
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How to verify the signature in an iOS Passbook pass?

The Passbook application in the new iOS6 keeps track of movie tickets, coupons, and other 'passes' for you, and the passes themselves are loaded onto the user's device via file packages with the ...
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Kik | WhatsApp - Encrypted? iOS / Android Message encryption tips [closed]

Kik says that their client is using ssl etc. But it's kind of hard to tell if the messages is actually encrypted between the devices. What i can understand is that they don't got device-to-device ...
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Does iOS use built-in certificates to authenticate peers when using ipsec VPNs?

Suppose I am setting up an IPsec VPN for Apple iOS clients with the requirement that the iOS clients need to know that the server is legitimate and vice-versa. I create a root CA and issue a ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy / security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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iCloud backup - which keys are transferred to Apple?

The iOS data protection implementation and the implementation of iTunes backups are both reasonably well documented, on a high level by by apple, and much more detailed by third parties. However, I'm ...
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Why is this SSL handshake failing with iPad? [closed]

I do have a tomcat server that listen on an SSL socket with TLS protocol. When connecting with all desktop browser everything work right. When connecting with Safari on iPad, the SSL handshake fails. ...
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How secure is iOS Touch ID?

I was wondering how secure Touch ID/Keychain is really. My understanding is that iPhone 5S devices that use Touch ID allow you to enter a passcode if your fingerprint doesn't work, as a "fallback". ...
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Obfuscation and Mobile App

Recently, I stumbled with this topic in my mind for few days. I understand that obfuscation is not the best protection against reverse engineering. I wonder if there is another method that make it ...
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Will ios8 encryption fail on forced shutdown?

I understand that IOS 8 data can be encrypted when the phone is locked, and decrypted for use when the phone is unlocked. But let's say the phone was unlocked (and thus the data is decrypted), and ...
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Securing JSON data

I am planning to use JSON as the data transport mechanism between my iOS app and my server (the server is a WCF service). While learning about JSON, I realized that all the data is passed around ...
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Sending secure information from app with ssl

I'm a web developer, but I occasionally step over into doing some mobile app development here and there. A client recently asked me to help them develop a very simple app. The app is essentially just ...
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Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
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Private messages for an ios app - how secure is this system?

I'm designing architecture for sending private messages (i.e. only sender and receiver are able to read a message). Client side - iOS, server side - Parse.com I'm thinking of using RSA to ...
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Securing iOS applications communication from client side

Many of you have heard about instagram flaw that facebook has not fixed yet, The flaw allows the attacker to hijack the session by sniffing the session cookie on Instagram iOS app since it does not ...
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Secure way of opening web page from iOS without need of logging in

I am developing an iOS application and web page, both use same Parse backend. Web page contains some functionality that is not available in the iOS application. Therefore I would like to present the ...
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What encryption does Apple use?

With their iOS devices, Apple allows people to block certain applications through "Restrictions". I recently had an issue with my iPhone where I'm positive that I entered the correct passcode on my ...