iOS is Apple's operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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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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Does IOS maintain a log for Keystrokes(used for spell checking) like system log? [on hold]

I found this from OWASP IOS Developer cheat sheet. I want to know if there is a way to access the keystrokes in IOS(using Xcode or any other app installed in iphone). If so how? Thanks in advance.
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Method to integrate Touch ID in iOS apps

With the recent announcement of Touch ID APIs for third party apps, I am wondering how can we leverage this feature to perform secure transaction ? I am looking for a method to use Touch ID in my ...
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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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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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What are the best practices for maintaining privacy on a non-jailbroken iOS device?

iOS, like most other mobile OSs, has the potential to leak significant chunks of personal information to 3rd-party apps and to ad and tracking networks used by those apps, which in turn also has 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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Is Google API Key a sensitive information that needs to be protected?

I'm making use of google API for location (in Android, iOS apps).. Can the key be hardcoded? Or should it be protected? If It's sensitive, why is it sensitive and how can attackers exploit this?
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Does sending a token back with a different channel (iOS Push Notification) improve security?

So I have this customer who has a project which is "very sensitive". It's a Jabber client which will connect to their servers to allow users to communicate. Here's what he requires for the ...
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Android/iOS application security testing checklist

According to OWASP, we have a list of top ten mobile application vulnerabilities. But we are damn sure that the number of vulnerabilities on mobile apps, especially android apps are far more than ...
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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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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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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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Iphone app not allowing proxy

Hi everyone I am interested in how a banking app works, especially the way it handles https requests. So I installed one, set my proxy settings, started burp suite and expected it to work. As you may ...
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how to encrypt a sensitive model on android and ios

I am writing a mobile app which uses a statistical model contained in binary files. I want to be able to distribute the app freely, but I don't want anyone to be able to use my model files, even on a ...
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Force TLS on mobile app

i'm developing a mobile application for iOS and Android. On this app i'm asking resources on a secure server through ajax. Server's developers asked me to force the call in order that we use TLS ...
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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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When does iOS check validity of enterprise certificates?

Here is an article that should give a little more context (and see my comment on it, same username, for additional info). iOS developers are able to distribute apps outside of the App Store using an ...
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What tools are available for iOS vulnerability assessment and penetration testing [closed]

I want to start learning about VA on Apple iOS devices. Besides documentation, is there any good tool - in terms of automated vulnerability scanners, or scripts - to start?
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Android L encryption vs. iOS 8 encryption

Recently, the new full-disk encryption system of Apple's iOS 8 operating system has been in the news. And soon after Apple's release, Google announced that they will also enable encryption by default ...
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FIPS Compliance with iOS app

Our company is working on getting FIPS validation for the iOS app and is in the initial phase. We have decided to use a private FIPS-certified libraries for using in the crypto modules. I have some ...
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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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Accessing iPhone data without passcode - how difficult?

I use iOS7 with a 4-digit passcode that isn't on any top 10 lists. I have "Erase all data after 10 failed passcode attempts" turned on. How hard would it be for someone who stole my phone to get ...
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Security through obscurity - “https requests” are safe?

In an iPhone app that utilizes plain text (unencrypted) XML as the contents of its http POST requests over https to the app server; how would someone be able to discover the "format" of the plain text ...
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Do iOS applications have access to the certificates installed?

As the title says, I'm curious if a generic iOS application can access/retrieve the certificates installed in the device (e.g., via a management profile) Thanks
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Encrypt with private and decrypt with public

Above picture is captured from iOS Security overview at page 25. The path encrypt with public and decrypt with private makes sense. But the other path, encrypt with private and decrypt with public ...
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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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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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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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What security mechanisms are in place for iOS' custom keyboards?

Apple has just announced iOS 8. The new version appears to be more extensible than previous versions, and one of the new possiblities is to allow developers to develop custom keyboards, different than ...
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Proof of SIM card possession on iOS devices

I need to proof that a user of my app is in possession of the correct SIM card. On android devices, this is possible by simply sending a challenge within an SMS to the corresponding number (the proof ...
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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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How does iOS prevent unauthorised code from running?

I'm just wondering. How does iOS prevent someone from executing code on their device that isn't from Apple or downloaded from the App Store? Also what exactly, does a Jailbreak do to allow ...
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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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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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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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How do location-based apps avoid getting cheated by emulated GPS?

Some apps like Foursquare require the user to "check in" at physical places, in order to gain money benefits. Given that emulated GPS are available for customized versions of Android, it sounds easy ...
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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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iOS: sandbox of an iphone app

I am new to iOS so I do have only limited knowledge about iOS in general. For self learning purposes, I would like to know several things as I am quite confused after searching the web. I do know ...
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iOS data protection: Who decrypts files transferred over USB?

I'm trying to understand an implementation detail of Apple's data protection in iOS: I know about the per-file encryption and the various key encryption classes and keybags; however, I don't ...
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Mobile Backend Server: How to validate authenticated client is valid?

Consider this scenario Step 1: App asks user to "Sign In" using Google or Facebook Step 2: Once authenticated, app sends user's Id (from Google/Facebook) to My App Server requested to app ...
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Is SCEP safe if I use a different long and complex password per enrollment, and validate it against expected parameters?

I'm considering using SCEP to enroll iPads and other devices in my network. The iOS configuration profile allows me to configure a different password for each device. Is it valid, and safe for me to ...
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How secure is my method?

I want to select data from a MySql database on an iphone device. The method I seem is the easiest one is to connect to a php file with GET arguments and then return it as a string. Now I'm just ...
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Can an iOS 7 app access either device camera without user knowledge?

This statement in the iOS 7 release notes implies that non-China devices do not need user consent: iOS now requests user consent for apps to use audio input on all iOS 7 devices. For devices ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why do I need a certificate to pin an SSL connection with AF Networking 2?

I am using the AF Networking 2 library and read that I need to include the server's certificate here. The client should be able to tell that the certificate is valid when it connects to the server, ...
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Share and store RSA - public key in java server and vice versa

My requirements are: Requirement 1: Share public key to java server. Steps: Generate public-private keys in iOS app. Store the generated keys in keychain. Send generated public key to java server. ...