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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Is there value in slowing down retries on a fingerprint lock?

My phone has a fingerprint lock and it sometimes fails to identify my fingerprint (for example, if it wasn't positioned correctly). If I fail fingerprint identification 5 times in a row, I'm locked ...
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What is the iOS securecoding feature, and what risks does it mitigate?

iOS 6 and newer allows for developers to implement a secure coding method that seems to prevent impostor objects from being de-serialized Can anyone explain what this would actually protect to the ...
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Why is Telegram much more popular than Signal, which is, according to everything I've read, more secure? [closed]

I'm disregarding apps such as WhatsApp and Viber, because I assume majority of their users aren't particularly concerned about privacy, so it's not surprising they have more users. But how is it ...
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Android keystore passwords leaked

We develop Android applications and by mistake following strings were sent within custom Android project folder to several clients: keyAlias keyPassword storePassword The .keystore file itself was ...
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How could mobile developers prevent bypassing certificate pinning with tools such as SSL Kill Switch?

I used SSL Kill Switch on some iOS mobile applications to try to bypass certificate pinning and I was successful. I understand that SSL Kill Switch "kills" the certificate validation process on the ...
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Why more Android applications (compared to iOS) use certificate pinning? [closed]

I used mitmproxy to test the same 50 apps on iOS and Android and noticed that more than 50% of the Android applications compared to 23% of iOS, used certificate pinning. Is there any explanation as ...
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Why mobile applications share device characteristics with third parties?

It is known that mobile applications can share with third parties many different types of data from information about the device to search terms used in the application. I understand that search ...
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Doesn't this make 2FA irrelevant and possibly dangerous?

Article. One sentence summary: they use a smartphone as a listening device to compromise computer security. I know our bank doesn't allow us to take cell phones in at all, even if they're completely ...
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Security of cellular-connected devices

The EFF Secure Messaging Scorecard lists a number of apps that meet all of its security criteria. So assuming that end-to-end encryption is accessible for the majority of people in countries in which ...
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Are there any Android device dumps available to be used as datasets?

I'm interested in finding Android device data dumps so as to use in my PhD research, concerning data analysis. I have only been able to encounter two sources online; one of them unavailable at the ...
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How can I choose a strong password that is easy use on a smartphone?

Typing on a smartphone is tedious. Special characters are the hardest; lowercase letters are generally the easiest. But even a long all-letter passphrase like "correct horse battery staple" is ...
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For multiple clients it's better symmetric or assymetric encryption?

I'm a newbie in the encryption world so I'm here for asking which is the best solution between Symmetric and Asymmetric encryption. In our use cases, we have multiple clients that must be ...
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What is the risk of leaking IMEI / IMSI numbers over a network

Should I worry if a developer programmed an app to send IMEI / IMSI number of the phone where the app is installed back to him? What can an attacker do with such information?
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Does non-persistent data ever need to be encrypted?

Does non-persistent data ever need to be encrypted? If I had a project with confidential data stored in non-persistent class variables should I be doing anything to protect this data? I am developing ...
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Out of band verification using phone; a fallacy?

More and more websites nowadays require new users to verify their 'identity' by requesting the user prove that he/she has access to a device identified by a telephone number (typically a phone). The ...
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What tools are needed to view or detect covert messages in a 60 fps video?

The eye can't detect changes in a frame greater than 60 FPS. Similar to this scene in Fight Club, a QR code equivalent is used in pairing the Apple Watch with the iPhone Without knowing that the ...
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Does Apple CloudKit prevent 3rd party apps from MITM'ing the API?

One of the issues with SnapChat is that some users were using unauthorized apps to access the backend API, which then allowed for some application level security to be compromised. I am of the ...
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Can mobile network operators read WhatsApp metadata?

After turning on end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp is it possible for the network operators to read the metadata of the messages being exchanged? I see here (in Transport security) that metadata ...
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How does end to end encryption work with whatsapp web?

Since today I have noticed whatsapp is using end to end encryption. However web.whatsapp.com is also still working. Does whatsapp establish a connection with my phone to keep things secure?
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Is a users mobile number available to a web service?

The reason I am asking this question is that I just noticed 6 lots of £1.25 charges on my mobile phone bill. I called up the phone company and they said that they are charges from a company called ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to Cross-site scripting (XSS)?

Definition of XSS If you search the web, there are many different ways to define a cross site scripting attack. Simply put, XSS vulnerabilities occur when a malicious attacker is permitted to inject ...
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Best way to keep cell day to day phone calls private - is VOIP better?

This question is about preventing eavesdropping by hackers, thieves, or other smart people collecting information for shady purposes. Is it better to buy a smartphone and install a VOIP service on it ...
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How am I supposed to verify the origin of a sign-in page in a web view? [duplicate]

I just had to sign in into my google account in an iPhone app. It's a third party, that only uses the google account for authentication. The familiar google sign in page appeared in what is known as a ...
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Internet of things is what exactly? [closed]

I have found that the term IOT (internet of things) is pretty vague. I am wondering if a mobile device, a cell phone, is this considered a part of the IOT realm? It is a thing, and its connected to ...
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How sensitive are mobile telephone numbers?

A question that came to my mind. How sensitive are they really? I mean basically all you can do with them is stalking you with hiding caller ID find out which provider gave out the number but not ...
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How would iOS or Android app “firewall” for extended permissions (location, etc) work?

I'm interested in blocking or reporting any application's usage of extended permissions, regardless if they are granted those rights, such as: GPS / Location / Wifi Radio signal data Telemetry My ...
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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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Regarding Mobile Application Penetration Testing

I am new in mobile application penetration testing. Just curious to know, whether we need to perform the penetration testing on rooted devices or non rooted devices. Why and why not? I have searched ...
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Security risk of connecting one mobile device to another mobile device's hotspot

Is there any risk when connecting an Android Phone to a [Verizon] iPhone's Hotspot? If there are I'd like to know about solutions. The Android Phone will basically be tapping the data plan of the ...
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COPE vs. BYOD - as an employee why should I be interested in BYOD? [closed]

I am curios what is the motivation for employees to go with BYOD? As an employee why I should want to allow installation of MDM solution on my smartphone?
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Why does Telegram not use end-to-end encryption? [closed]

Signal and Telegram are both mobile applications that "try" to ensure secure chats. Signal uses end-to-end encryption, Telegram does this as well (in 'secret chats') but it does not use end-to-end ...
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Is there a way to uniquely identify a mobile device through packet sniffing?

I need to uniquely identify a mobile device using the "ping" packets that it transmits to cellular towers regularly, in an area of interest by installing a packet sniffer at that location? I only need ...
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How to safely store the most recently used encryption password for subsequent reuse in an app?

Let's say I have a mobile app that can save photos inside password-protected AES-128 encrypted PDF files. For convenience, I want the user to be able to encrypt a file using the previously-used ...
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Why aren't IMSI catchers rendered ineffective by standard MITM defenses?

There's been a lot of reporting in the past few years about law enforcement agencies using IMSI catchers (also known as Stingrays after a popular brand of them) to intercept cellular communications. ...
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How do I verify HTTPS connections in Mobile apps?

There are a lot of mobile apps nowadays with payment gateways support. However, unlike desktop browsers, these mobile apps do not show us an 'Address bar' by which we can identify a HTTPS connection. ...
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Single button click mobile direct carrier billing fraud

A friend of mine had just had the following happen: He visited a website with the mobile phone using Chrome Mobile on Android An advertisment poped up that covered the whole page There was no close ...
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What are the security implications of installing an iPhone configuration profile?

What are the security risks of installing a "configuration profile" on iOS from www.vshare.com? I don't know what a configuration profile is or what it does. They are found in Settings > General > ...
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Cell phone monitoring device

This Chinese company claim their device/sim card can track other cell phone locations, record phone calls and SMS. Is this possible without having access to the other phones first? What do you guys ...
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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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Is Android's Password Screen Lock Enough Data Theft Protection?

With the exception of the SD card data, is Android's built-in password/pin/pattern screen lock enough to protect data stored in your phone's internal storage in case of theft? Or can a thief simply by-...
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T-Mobile WWAN IP address is DoD Network Information Center? [closed]

I wrote an app that grabs the IP address of my Wifi as well as the WWAN i.e. the data part of my Tmobile plan. I have an iPhone. Here is what my app prints. I use pretty standard code to obtain the ...
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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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Can someone send popup message to all mobile network users?

Can you detect all users in the same network cellular or mobile network as you? Is it possible to send SMS or broadcast popup message from your mobile phone to other mobile users in your proximity?
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Blackphone - Silentcircle - mobile apps

i have question about blackphone (silent circle). Is there any advantage over other mobile phones if i want to use third party mobile apps? So if I agree with terms of use of some applications, ...
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What security risks exist in cell phone apps' data transfer?

Smartphones apps transfer various types of data over the provider's data network (or wifi, if enabled). What security risks are there in this transfer, and how can the risks be mitigated? I'm not ...
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Why is my phone connection secure without a password when WiFi is not even with a password?

When I talk on the phone or send text messages, I never need to type a userid and password. But when I use WiFi I need to use a password. How is the phone connection secured without a password, and ...
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Is a mobile app more secure for mobile use than the “normal” website?

An untrained end user who uses a mobile web browser is vulnerable to phishing and can't easily verify the the authenticity (or security) of a website among other issues. Also, it is very easy to ...
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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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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 ...