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

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iOS Encryption Details

Following on from this question Does anyone have any details/resources on the technical specifics of how apple implement encryption on their iOS 4.x series devices? The Apple marketing material here, ...
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What measures should be taken when losing an iPad

When losing a tablet that has been used to access email accounts , beside changing the passwords, is there anything more can be done? What are the most common problems that might occur if the iPad ...
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Are jailbroken iPhones an enterprise security risk?

Background My company is currently in the process of rolling out support for the iPhone. As a part of this rollout, they are requiring employees to install an application on their phones that allows ...
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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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Best practices for securing an iPhone

As this question on voicemail protection got answers veering more to protecting the mobile phone, I thought I should add a specific question on this topic. There is already a question on protecting ...
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Is Apple's push notification service implementation vulnerable to a MitM attack

Recently(more info) I've spotted a strange message in the logs on my quite recent, fresh installation of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Apr 27 15:26:47 Ivans-MacBook-Pro.local apsd[194]: Unrecognized leaf ...
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iPhone Tracking debacle - risks and countermeasures

For those of you who are not familiar with the topic, a quick search will turn up a lot of hits, e.g. see the researcher's report at Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - O'Reilly ...
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iOS/Android Pen-Test

This question might be vague, that is because I am not sure where to start. There are a lot of books and courses on pentest focusing on networks, systems, and OS such as windows, yet I haven't been ...
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Keyloggers on Smartphones?

I need to clarify my question. I'm wondering if there are any apps for smartphone that can log each 'keystroke' (i.e. key pressed on touchscreen) that a user does. Performing a google search brings up ...
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Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits?

This question is, perhaps, a tad too abstract for a Q&A site. But it's been playing on my mind for a while, so I'm throwing it out there. Modern systems seem to be increasingly centralised. An ...
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List of methods in iOS that have been deprecated for security reasons?

Is anybody on the nets keeping track of iOS methods that have been deprecated by Apple for security reasons? I have searched around but with no luck. Going through all the deprecated methods and ...
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Is it safe to sync private keys between iOS devices using iCloud?

My iOS app has to handle storing private keys for the user. Normally I would just use Keychain Services for this as I would a password, but it would be great if I could sync the keys between the ...
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How reliable are device IDs provided by PhoneGap on Android and iOS?

I have a web application that allows users to add mobile devices to their accounts (using mobile app). Each device is uniquely referenced by its UUID. Mobile client is developed using PhoneGap, so ...
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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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Can malware read keychain entries on iOS devices?

Keychain entries of a 3rd party app are protected according their 'protection class'. For example, assigning the class 'kSecAttrAccessibleWhenUnlocked' to a keychain entry means that the entry is only ...
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How effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 device-at-rest encryption?

My primary goal is to protect Activesync-based communication from being copied or stolen from an offline device. In that context how effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 encryption?
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Should iPhone backups be encrypted? Is this in-scope for Corporate IT if the device is linked to a home pc?

iPhone backups may reside on a computer that is outside of IT Policy (Home PC) and therefore doesn't have any Corporate IT protections on it. If this home PC was stolen or hacked, then the iPhone ...
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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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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 precautions for shared iPads in a customer facing corporate environment

Most tablets, and iPads in particular, are typically single user devices. Scenario: A service business that interacts directly with customers in person and wants to use iPads while interacting with ...
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The safest way to access GMail on mobile devices

There are three ways to access your GMail account on iPhone or iPad devices: 1. Use safari browser 2. Use Apple's default mail app 3. Use Google's Gmail app What is the safest way to access gmail ...
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Encrypt data within mobile app and send to web service

I'm developing a mobile application for Android and iOs. What is best practice when it comes to data encryption within the mobile application which will be sent to a web service? Basically I will ...
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Should we store meeting minutes on an iPad?

Being employed in the infosec field I would like to set a good example. However I also do not believe in sweating the small stuff and would like to maximize my productivity. My current workplace, ...
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How much should I care about the iOS/Android version when pentesting mobile app?

Lets say I am performing penetration testing on mobile application, How significant is the version of operating system I am using while running the application? I.e. if I test mobile application ...
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Decline any custom ssl certificate in a mobile application

Consider the following scenario. Eve creates an access point in a public place. Alice connects to the AP via mobile phone and starts browsing the Web. Eve redirects Alice to a registration page and ...
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iPhone full disk encryption and theft protection?

Is it possible to fully encrypt an iPhone? What cipher does it use and are there any weaknesses? How can I protect my valuable data, such as email, when my iPhone gets stolen?
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How effective is the iOS “Send All Traffic to VPN” setting at deterring Wifi-based attacks?

iOS version 5 and newer has a setting for VPNs to "Send All Traffic" over that VPN. I think that sending all data to a trusted VPN target would ensure privacy of all communication sent over that WiFi ...
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What iOS apps use data protection?

The iOS data protection API and its implementation are fairly well documented, but it is only really useful if apps actually use some level other than NSFileProtectionNone for their files. Is there ...
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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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Distributing API Keys to Mobile Apps

I'm currently developing a mobile app (iOS based initially) that consumes multiple APIs. Currently we're storing API keys as strings in the the prefix header file, and initializing most of the APIs ...
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iOS: Sandbox on jailbroken device

From my point of view and with my rather poor knowledge of iOS, the principle of a sandbox in iOS is the following: each app and its data is installed in a private area within the partition, but ...
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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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Is there cryptographic material in a phone's SIM card that can be used with RSA encryption?

Given that a smart card stores a private key that can't be extracted, it appears that a SIM card is similar to a smart card in these respects. I need to store (or use an existing) private key on a ...
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Asymmetric Key Encryption in Group Chat

I am working on a chat application which supports both single user chat as well as group chat. We planned to encrypt messages in single user chat by public key of receiver and decrypt it using ...
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How to supply OpenSSL generated Private & Public Keys to iOS & Android apps?

The problem statement is: To supply clients on a network with individual Private & Public keys generated on a Server over the wire(over a HTTPS connection after they are registered). The clients ...
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iOS app - hash user password in-app or on-server?

I'm working on an iOS app that will also have a web component. When a user creates an account, their password will be salted and hashed. I already have the hashing algorithm working on the web-side. ...
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On iOS, what's the benefit of OpenSSL over using CFStream, CFNetwork etc. for secure sockets?

I asked this already on Stack Overflow, here. I was told I might find answers here.
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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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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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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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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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How to secure an application under iOS against jailbroken devices

I noticed that some apps, e.g. Skype, is capable to exit and not run in case one has jailbroken his iOS based device. I couldn't find online how to check that a device is jailbroken. Please anyhelp ...
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Data remanence on mobile devices

The methods in which data should be deleted is strictly enforced by the DoD as well as others security sensitive organizations. However, there are complications with deleting data on an SSD. Given ...
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How secure is the private storage of a mobile app

Are there any know security flaws/hacks to gain access to the private storage(file system or SQLite database) of Android and iOS applications? What measures do Google and Apple take to "prevent" ...
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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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Privacy implications of IDFA/IDFV? (iPhone/iOS)

Apparently, iOS 6 introduced IDFA, "identifier for advertisers", which identifies your device so that advertisers can track you and send you ads. It appears they also introduced IDFV, "identifier for ...
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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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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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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 ...