Security in mobile devices. Issues concerning regular cellphones, smartphones, tablet computers and other portable information devices all fit into this category.

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Discovering IP or Mac address of mobile devices passing by.

Is it possible for someone to discover the IP and/or MAC address of my mobile device, even if I do not attempt to connect to their network?
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What is the most secure mobile os? Ubuntu? [closed]

What's the most secure mobile os for the average day to day user concerned with protecting online banking, personal data, photos etc? And is the new Ubuntu mobile os likely to have the same security ...
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Mobile phone tracking, identification of the attacker [closed]

Once I was told that you can identify if your mobile phone is being tracked by someone (e.g. police), by calling placing a specific prefix to the number. This prefix in my country is normally reserved ...
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iOS Encryption Details

Following on from this question, what resources are available relating to the technical specifics of how apple implement encryption on their iOS 4.x series devices? The Apple marketing material here, ...
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Passwordless website authentication scheme

I have a userbase which really isn't all that inclined to create a secure password for a website. They're also almost entirely on mobile devices, so I would like to try something a little different ...
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How can I inspect/audit an Android phone if it's vulnerable to CVE-2012-4221 (or any other?)

I want to create a guide (or app) to audit devices and determine if the hardware or software is vulnerable to attack. Given an arbitrary phone, what process should I do to determine if outstanding ...
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Can a mobile phone be reliably “nuked from orbit”? [duplicate]

Similar to how a rootkit affects PCs, and how mobile phones have special OEM software on them.... Is it possible to reset a suspect phone to it's OEM/patched state, and have high confidence that ...
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Securing APIs from Rogue/Fake iOS or Android apps?

How do you protect a non-public web API from a malicious app where a developer has discovered how to perform some requests? Take Instagram's app as an example: Instagram does not have a public API ...
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How protect mobile website against encapsulating into rogue native mobile app?

We are developping a mobile application (m.website.com). Is there a way to prevent a rogue developper to build an IOS / Android native app that simply encapsulate our website into the app using ...
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Can BlackBerry keep us safe from network providers

I recently brought a BlackBerry mobile and the reason I have gone with BB was the security it ensures and now I have a doubt. That said in the Internet, Massage from BBM will first reach Canada via ...
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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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Does a Smartphone contain all the essential properties of a Smartcard? If not, what is missing?

Can a smartphone, alone, be a valid substitute for a Smartcard? If not, what is missing technically speaking? Does the TPM chipset (which I assume is in the phone) provide enough security to "act ...
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Is HTML5 vibrate feature a security vulnerability?

While surfing a news website on my mobile, I receive a virus infection alert warning that triggers my phone to vibrate incessantly. The alert looks like the following: I didn't expect my phone to ...
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how can I tell if I'm under IMSI cell phone surveillance

I've recently had an encounter with the law, the details of which I won't disclose here since the case is still in court. They took my phone, naturally. I deactivated it as soon as I was released ...
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Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed?

Is it technically or theoretically possible for any part of a mobile phone's circuitry to be still on and transmitting even while turned off and the battery has been removed? If so, how? I am ...
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On the ability to reverse engineer the Instagram Private API

I came across these blog posts where a man was able to extract the Instagram private signature key from the Android app: http://mokhdzanifaeq.github.io/extracting-instagram-signature-key/ Which could ...
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Signup/Signin with Mobile+PIN

Telegram implements signup/signin with mobile number and a 5-digit one-time password. I believe the flow to be something along the lines of this: Grab the mobile number, generate an OTP, cache it ...
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IKEv2 vs OpenVPN

I want to ask you for information about the IKEv2 protocol for a VPN connection. I haven't found so much information on the web. I am interested especially regarding the usage on a mobile phone. Is it ...
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TLS in slow/unstable mobile/wireless networks [closed]

We have this rather old VPN tunnel software that is running in various wireless/mobile networks (from 2G mobile and upwards). It is currently running WTLS, as this software is from the old days when ...
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Two-factor authentication methods: password + SMS/voice message vs. password + app-generated code?

I am thinking which methods of two-factor authentication are most reliable and secure when using Pebble as an user end who has the capability of seeing his or her SMS messages but not answer phone ...
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Implement a passcode to authenticate app users [duplicate]

This question is related to this one. We're busy implementing 5 digit passcode authentication for our app (Android, iPhone), but we're running into a complexity. We're unsure how we can safely ...
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communication?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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How is generating payment Tokens secure in Mobile development?

I'm using Stripe for in app payments in my mobile app project and I don't quite understand how any app is secure if the user inputs there card info (with or without stripe) if it's not over HTTPS the ...
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What SSL key should I make for IIS: RSA or DH? What bit length is appropriate?

I'm creating an SSL cert for my IIS server and need to know when I should choose the Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider or the Microsoft DH SChannel Cryptographic Provider. Question 1 Why ...
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Reading encrypted data before sent to remote server

I'm developing a mobile app (Android only for now) to provide a disposable e-mail service to users. Users will be given temporary e-mail addresses so they can receive and read e-mails for a certain ...
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Mobile App Security vs. Traditional PC Desktop Security In The New Era [closed]

I have been using a Windows PC for many years now. Since Android has come to market, I have been very wary of installing apps that require unrelated permissions. Obvoiusly, these extra permissions ...
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How to trace source of clickjacking attack within a website using developer tools?

When surfing a popular Wordpress website on my mobile, clicking on a link to an article within would sometimes open a new window to a malicious website or launch the Apps Store. I am interested to ...
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Is it PCI-compliant/kosher to send a credit card number to a 3rd party sever from a mobile client?

I am building a mobile app, and part of the the functionality of the app is to place an order with a 3rd party. The 3rd party server accepts a credit card number string. Can I build a mobile client to ...
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Methods to Monitor Ads For Malware on Mobile Devices

I've noticed that malware being introduced to a mobile application or web application through advertisements, unknown to the developer of the application, is becoming increasingly popular. I've been ...
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Someone received a text from my iphone. I don't even have the number the text was sent to [closed]

My son said two of his friends received a text from my phone, showing my phone number. I don't have these boys phone numbers in my phone or know their names. How did this happen?
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What prevents people getting charged over NFC in crowded places?

I don't have an NFC-enabled device and I couldn't find any information about this in Google. What is it that protects me against an attacker with a portable NFC terminal charging payments by just ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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What are the privacy and infosec risks with Apple Watches and Android Wear?

From what I can tell, I Apple Watch apps act like a remote control to a nearby iPhone using Bluetooth or BLE. Conversely Android watches have the ability to run full applications, and therefore ...
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How to test image upload vulnerability in a mobile application?

I am administering a mobile application with many users. Users can upload their own .jpg images. I cannot know at this moment if image inputs on the application I am administrating are sanitized or ...
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Privacy issues when mobile app has access to phone number and contacts

It seems that when it comes to mobile apps convenience defeats security - always. In particular all messaging/communication apps seem to require to have access to your contacts on the phone and your ...
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How should software respond when Captive Portals or Untrusted SSL certs prevent connectivity?

I need to fix an issue where the initial (or perhaps only) HTTPS call to a website is blocked by a captive portal, not managed by me. The resolution has been to ask the user to navigate to a "http" ...
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How is Smurf Toolkit possible? [closed]

We've probably all heard about the Smurf Toolkit by now. It's the GCHQ's way of tapping phones revealed by Edward Snowden. So supposedly they can take over your phone (even power it off/on!) by simply ...
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Securely erase personal data from android phone before selling

I have just sold online my old Nexus 5 (Android Lolipop) and need to post it tomorrow morning. I would like to make sure the new owner can't access my files. What should I do?
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Can a Tsunami early warning turn “on” remotely some cell phones in Japan?

In Japan, some televisions and radios seem to be capable of getting out of sleep mode if a tsunami warning is issued. If tsunami warnings are issued, the Emergency Warning Broadcast system ...
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How are shopkeepers getting the MAC address of wifi enabled smartphones?

It is clear that some big malls are tracking all the wifi-enabled mobile phones before they are connected to the network... How can this be done? I have a similar issue... how to get the MAC address ...
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Is it safe returning or giving away a sim card you already used?

I bought a prepaid sim card and used it on my android, but i had a problem using it and would like to return it. Is it safe to do so? I'm wondering if it could now contain my personal information ...
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How can i prevent my phone from spying through sms

Recently while reading up a article over here ,The following were the summary : hacking suite dubbed Smurf Suite, it can hack any mobile by sending an encrypted text message So based on the ...
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Is the newly adopted NFC technology going to be safe?

I got sent a link today talking about how the business card company "Moo" is implementing a chip into their cards that will allow NFC connections to do many things such as share contact info, open a ...
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password grant without client secret?

I'm struggling to decide what to do to get an access token from a mobile app. I'm sure this has been covered before, but I can't find it. I've enabled resource owner credentials grant on my oauth2 ...
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Is there a reason to protect SIM with PIN?

If the phone would be stolen then the SIM card will be thrown out by thieves just after the theft so that they can't be found. If the phone would be lost then it will be harder to find an owner for ...
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What happens if an attacker steals my phone's IMEI number?

I have some questions regarding IMEI numbers and data and identity theft. While searching online I have found many conflicting answers regarding this topic and would like some clarification if ...
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What makes the Blackberry device and network more secure?

One of Blackberry's strongest assets is the "network" that it uses. Can someone explain, or link to technical information that covers what this secure network is, and what it does better than the ...
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Cellular Mobile ID number Sniffing

As far as I know, cell phones intermittently transmit a Mobile ID number to inform surrounding cell towers that the phone is available. Is this transmission encrypted, or would one be able to ...
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How can Authenticity be achieved in SMS or Text Messaging?

What tools or information is needed to verify the authenticity of a SMS message... or to send one so that such authenticity is intact? This answer describes something as a "message center", but I'm ...
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Are there any severe concerns of sending the user's login and password with each HTTPS request?

Due to certain requirements/constraints, I'm wondering about sending user login and password with each request. This somehow doesn't feel very good to me, though I think for my particular case, it ...