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 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 mobile sign-on be secured from imposter authentication screens?

History seems to have come almost full circle where old issues are shown in new/emerging technologies. Background If you trust the operating system, Windows originally had the Control - Alt - Delete ...
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What is the attack tree to intercept traffic on Wimax?

My current understanding is that sniffing traffic on 4G (lets use Wimax and LTE for the purposes of this question) and 3G is not a simple matter and either requires you setting up a fake base station ...
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Security threats of wireless charging?

It is well known that plugging your mobile device for charging in public/uncontrolled places through Micro-USB can be a security hazard. USB protocol supports much more than just transferring power, ...
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How secure is TOTP key on phones?

Our company is considering several options in moving to MFA with software OATH TOTP or yubikey OATH OTP. In regards to where the secret is stored, I'm aware that a yubikey or similar hardware device ...
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How to implement a “Remember me” on a mobile app?

I would like to implement a "Remember Me" time-limited auto-login type feature on a mobile application (on Android). To start the app, the user must type in a username and password. For convenience, ...
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Would introducing client certificates for a mobile app improve security?

I have developed a REST API which has been configured to only operate over HTTPS. The sole purpose of this API (at least for the moment) is to operate as the backend entry point for a mobile ...
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Android security without updates

I have an android phone which, like many others, has quickly become unsupported and is not receiving any updates. At the same time there are publicly available exploits for privilege-escalation ...
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Malicious QR Code and Mitigation

I just started reading a little on QR code, so I'm not entirely familiar with QR Code capabilities, but a thought crossed my mind today. I scanned a QR Code on a postcard I received, and it ...
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Possible to prevent Juice Jacking by only connecting USB pins 1 & 4?

According to this accepted answer, there is no phone on the market today that is immune from "Juice Jacking"*. I think an easy way to mitigate this threat is to have a filter that blocks USB pins 2 &...
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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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Android Device Encryption

I am trying to understand when using the default android device encryption in 4.0.4 ICS (AES-CBC 128Bit) how the Key Derivation Function works? That is how is the users decryption passcode transformed ...
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Alternatives to the “open PC” security model

Today, PCs (laptops, desktops, etc.) generally work under what I'll call the "open PC" security model. Users have full, system administrator/developer-level access to their own machine. Users can ...
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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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How to protect from caller-id spoofing?

Yesterday, I listened about caller-id spoofing and was left astonished as it's misuse can result in severe consequences for victim. Please tell me how to protect myself from this prank and is there ...
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Self sign SSL certificate for my mobile app?

My mobile (iOS and Android) connects to my server via a REST API over HTTP. I would like that HTTP to be secure, so HTTPS seems to be the obvious choice. All of the questions about self signing SSL ...
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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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Why don't mobile operators blacklist stolen phones using their IMEI?

I've just read this piece of news that Android and Windows phones will get a 'killswitch', rendering them useless to potential thieves. However, since all devices have a unique identification number (...
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Is Gmail showing images by default a good idea for privacy?

Google have decided to show images in Gmail messages accessed via the web, iOS and Android by default: Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now ...
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What was the issue the UAE had with RIM/Blackberry and what was the outcome? What countries have similar agreements?

I'd like to understand what came out of UAE's desire to monitor RIM traffic, and what technical compromise was made. Do other countries have similar agreements with RIM? What are the details? ...
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What is your process for wiping a lost Blackberry or similar device?

For all devices I know of, if a device is lost or stolen, it needs to be connected to the Cellular network to receive the wipe command. Considering that the end user often needs to regain mobile ...
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Does any tablet support remote attestation?

Some PCs come with a TPM. One of the nifty capabilities of TPMs is the ability to perform remote attestation. Remote attestation allows your computer to tell a third computer what software your ...
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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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Are phone apps vulnerable to XSS or CSRF? (Webview, Phonegap, chrometab)

I need to provide evidence that CSRF or XSS is possible on a phone... using PhoneGap, a Webview, or specifically a "Chrome Tab" or iOS equivalent. I believe in theory this is possible, and mitigation ...
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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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What are the problems with bring-your-own-device related to smartphones?

What are the problems with bring-your-own-device related to smartphones? Companies see this more and more everyday, people want to use their personal devices on the corporate network or even use them ...
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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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SMS / voice call interception with a fake base station

This answer to a similar topic describes in a detailed way how vulnerable SMS and voice calls are in terms of decryption. In order to do so, an attacker needs to set up a fake base station located ...
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Fuzzing Android API

I am thinking of trying to make an Android API fuzzer (I never made a fuzzer before, but I understand the concepts), and I was wondering which API calls would be the most interesting ones to fuzz from ...
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Do mobile OS's provide crypto-quality randomness?

Which mobile OS's provide a primitive to generate crypto-quality randomness that applications can use? On desktop systems, these features are pervasive. Unix provides /dev/urandom. Windows provides ...
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How can SMS spoofing be detected?

SMS spoofing involves faking the source ID, by replacing it with alphanumeric text. This can be useful for mobile providers, but can lead to security issues such as social engineering. How can we as ...
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Mobile phone security eavesdropping based on data transfer

is there an easy way for particular governmental organizations (especially in countries where freedom of speech is a problem) have some technology where they can easily eavesdrop on cellphone internet ...
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Security Implications of Private/Corporate APNs

I'm interested in what (if any) the practical security implications of a company making use of a Private APN are as opposed to using a standard network provided APN and VPN connection back to the main ...
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Does KASUMI (A5/3) Related Key attack apply to 3G or other mobile providers?

The KASUMI is a block cipher used to encrypt UMTS, GPRS, and GSM SMS messages. The references section in Wikipedia says that a related key attack is possible in 3G systems. Q: Has it been proven ...
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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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Can malicious phone software mount a MITM attack on a phone call?

Suppose my smartphone has been compromised and there is malicious software running on it. You can assume that the malicious software has broken out of any sandboxes and is running as root. If I'm on ...
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How to detect the “Hello packets” sent by a wifi enabled smartphone

Actually I have a case where I should able to detect the mobile phones and get some data about the device available in my network range without connecting to the network. I have seen somewhere that a ...
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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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What makes an Android application vulnerable to SQL Injection?

Definition of SQL Injection SQL injection is a code injection technique, used to attack data-driven applications, in which malicious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution (e.g....
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Securing data on a mobile device (even from the user/owner)?

I am writing an application to generate OTP codes for two factor authentication where I need to securely store data locally. This data must be secure from both the owner/user as well as intruders. I ...
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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 ...