The iPhone is a line of smart phones designed by Apple Inc, running Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released in 2007 and has followed an annual release schedule since.

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Why can't the FBI read the key embedded in the iPhone's secure chip/ROM directly from hardware (silicon)?

As far as I understand, the 4 digit passcode is combined (in some fashion) with a key stored in secure read only memory (e.g. secure enclave chip or similar), where it is directly embedded into ...
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Bring your own phone to a (new) job: Consequences?

I am starting a new job, and I have the choice to receive a phone from the company, or to bring my own. I am considering using my own phone, to avoid having an extra device, but I want to better ...
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How did FBI/DoJ retrieve the data stored on the encrypted iPhone?

Quote from The New York Times: The Justice Department said Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to ...
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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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Snowden: “The NSA can remotely turn on your iPhone.”

Watching the Snowden interview last night, Brian Williams asks him what degree of control the NSA has over smartphones -- in particular, whether or not they can remotely turn them on in order to ...
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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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Getting strange texts to an iPhone #PWD123456#00X

My dad is getting strange SMS texts to his iPhone 4 Some examples: #PWD123456#WHL003=2308480298 #PWD123456#WHL004=2398480389 #PWD123456#WHL002 #PWD123456#WHL002 #PWD123456#STATUS? ...
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iPhone 5/6 RAM security

I'm interested in how the RAM can be exploited in iPhone 5+, iOS 8+. I've previously discussed general iPhone encryption and from the response it reads: There are many exploits over the years ...
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Is iPhone's fingerprint signature a one-way hash?

I've been considering the security of the iPhone 5S fingerprint feature. My main concern is, not that someone could replicate my fingerprint in the physical world and bypass the phone, however that ...
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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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Triangulate a mac adress

Last Sunday my iMac was stolen by a burglar. On Monday it showed up on 'find my mac'. Good police work and a lot of luck ended up in me retrieving my device that was on a location more than 50 meter ...
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Are there guidelines for application design of HIPAA compliant browser applications?

This is a different twist - I'm pushing dispatch information to first responders, such as fire, police, and EMS. But they all could, potentially, include medical information and PII together. My goal ...
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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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Apple vs DOJ - how strong is the 10-try wipe brute force barrier?

Out of curiosity and with the hope of helping other beginners and journalists. The current Apple vs DOJ standoff in a nutshell - Apple is resisting DOJ with statements like what they're asking is ...
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iOS Mail App Security

I have my own domain name and I had some issues with the delivery time. So, I started looking at the mail header to see where my mail was stuck and why. That is not the issue.. While messing around ...
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Can a faked iPhone SMS log be detected

SMS messages received by an iPhone is stored unencrypted in an SQLite database, which may be extracted by backing up the phone. You can manipulate (tamper with, e.g: replace the text of a message ...
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Finding my iPhone - Conned through SMS and website

I lost my iPhone 6 phone on Tuesday night at a club. I was registered on iCloud.com so on next morning I saw the phone was offline and showed the last known location. However the 24 hours rule meant ...
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How to block a cloned SIM card? [closed]

If someone manages to get access to my iPhone's SIM card (I left the phone at a repair shop for a few days and forgot to take the SIM card out). Now, the repair people at that shop were acting all ...
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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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What is “NAND mirroring”, the alleged technique that the FBI will use to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone?

According to Ars Technica, Jonathan Zdziarski, a leading independent Apple iOS security researcher and forensics expert, has a theory about the FBI's newly discovered potential route into the ...
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How to make an iPhone app HIPAA compliant?

How do we make a iPhone app HIPAA compliant. Our website is HIPAA compliant since we use encryption at rest, we use SSL, and other security provisions. Will using a SSL connection give us the ...
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How resistant is the iPhone encryption against brute-force attacks?

I just read the following paragraph in an article from the New York Times about Apple encrypting iPhones by default): Breaking the code, according to an Apple technical guide, could take “more ...
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iPhone\Network Security

A client of mine is concerned someone is retrieving data and intercepting text-messages from his iPhone and his home network. He has told me that he has seen one of the text-messages he sent to his ...
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How did my network admin identify my iPhone and how can I hide my ID?

I recently got a call from our network admin asking that I stop the app updates on my iPhone to open up bandwidth. It is my personal phone. My question is 2 part: Out of all of the personal devices ...
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IP address of an iPhone

Recently I logged on to my bank account via the Chase app on my iPhone. I received a message that another device was currently logged on to my account and "would I like to end the session"? Of course, ...
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Are there any known botnets targetting smartphones?

Are there any known botnets that specifically target smartphones? What is their topology and how are they controlled? What are they used for?
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How to track a Spoofed SMS on Iphone

A mate pulled a quality prank on me the other day by sending me a SMS via a Spoofed number. He's bought a SMS gateway and can set the message ID/phone number to be 'God' (or whatever he wants(letters ...
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What data is not encrypted in iOS 8+ when “locked”

Scenario: iPhone 5+ with iOS 8+ with system encryption enabled. The phone is on and locked. (the user has authenticated (unlocked phone) at least once since power-up, and then relocked). What ...
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Is there a security benefit in knowing if my iPhone is jailbroken?

There is an app for the iPhone supposedly detects if your smartphone has a jailbreak installed. Is there a security benefit in knowing whether your phone has a jailbreak or not?
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How can Apple claim that a backup of an iPhone made to iCloud is “hackable”/accessible but not the data on the device itself?

So I’ve been reading up on the 2015 San Bernardino attack and the legal/tech issues surrounding the FBI’s request that Apple unlocks the shooter’s phone. This is how I understand the issue: The FBI ...
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Installing profile on “Good” Mail application give someone admin permission on my iPhone

My new enterprise use the app "GOOD" for the emails. But to use it, I have to install a GOOD profile with description : "Install this profile to enroll to encrypted profile service". If I choose ...
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What to do when iPhone is successfully phished

My girlfriend watched "some" pages on her iPhone and facebook.you-won.com page appeared. She didn't know how to get rid of that JavaScript alert, so she clicked OK. After that she closed the page, and ...
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Should other processes be running while an iPhone or Android is generating a cryptographically random number?

I need to generate a cryptographically secure random number on iOS and Android. I could use a software approach or leverage the built in OS API for this. In each case, is it better to generate a ...
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IP address, iphone, Snapchat

My child is being accused of doing some improper things via Snapchat, but he swears that he did not do anything, and he is the type of person who probably would not. The only thing the police are ...
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How can the NSA remotely turn on your iPhone?

If the iPhone is actually off and not in sleep mode, how can it be remotely turned on if no software is running and network communications aren't even activated until the device boots?
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How secure are iPhone/Android/Windows 8 “PIN”/Pattern Lock features?

Most modern (and tablet-oriented) operating systems now offer alternative ways of logging on other than a strong password. For example, iPhones offer a 4-digit PIN, Android devices offer this and a ...
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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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After I've plugged my phone into a computer to upload photos, can people see the photos I did not upload even after I unplugged my phone?

I plugged my phone into a computer at work to upload photos using a USB, then unplugged it. I only uploaded the photos I needed, however, could they somehow see the photos I didn't upload on the ...
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How is Facebook accessing my iPhone texts in order to recommend friends?

I have noticed that Facebook has been recently recommending people who have texted me. It has been able to connect their number (I believe most of these people are using iPhone) and connect their ...
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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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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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What can an iOS app tell about you?

We all know while using a new iOS app it might ask for information like location or access to the camera. Those are both features we can deny to the app. There are, however, features apps can access ...
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IPhone iOS 8.3 encryption security against physical access

NB: While you are free to answer this question, there is a more specific discussion here Excerpt from Apple's Whitepaper "iOS Security" on Effaceable Storage: A dedicated area of NAND storage, ...
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Is building an NFC payment app without a secure element like Apple Pay fundamentally insecure?

Suppose I work for a bank and am asked to write an NFC payment app for the iPhone 6 or Android but not use Apple Pay. To simply send the credit card details to the reader via NFC. Now assume I'm not ...
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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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What OS's will “brick” a stolen phone; preventing their use or resale by a potential thief?

You can look at this question in two ways: Prior to purchasing a used phone, I want to ensure that the IMEI is not locked and I'm able to use it fully. Or you can be a purchaser who wants to devalue ...
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Security flaw in iOS, Safari weird behavior or what else?

some months ago I was travelling and flew from Frankfurt airport and, while there, I probably connected to some Telekom.de free hotspot. I have an iPhone 6 with iOS 9.02 (at that time it was 8.1.x). ...
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Meterpreter on non-jailbroken Iphone [closed]

I found this at github: https://github.com/AnwarMohamed/meterpreter-darwin Does anybody know if this works on a non-jailbroken Iphone? I downloaded it on my and double-clicked on the Makefile-icon, ...
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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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How to prevent user from recovering my iPhone data?

If I'm about to sell my iPhone 5, is there a way to make sure that the buyer won't be able to recover anything from my data? Both data that has been recently deleted and data that has been deleted ...