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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Native app, token authentication without login/password

I'm working on a always online mobile game (native android/iOS app with Unity) and i would like to be able to authenticate the player without requiring any login/password at the beginning. For those ...
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How Securely Store Sensitive Data on Mobile Appliation

i want to develop a mobile bank app (windows phone, android, ios) that interact with bank channel. first time when user opens application the key exchange process begins and at end of this process a ...
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Suitable cipher for SMS encryption

I would like to create application for encrypting SMS messages. After long enough discussions I decided to use symmetric encryption, since handling public/private keys issue is too difficult for most ...
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Are 2FA soft-tokens flawed if the user can log into the website from the same mobile device?

If I'm using something like Authy for soft tokens for my users, and they log into the web application on the mobile device itself, haven't they just lost the benefit of 2FA (ie loss of the mobile ...
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Cordova/Phonegap: RefreshToken in localstorage

I am (partly) following a tutorial to develop a cordova app, based on angularJS. The author stores the refresh token in local storage, which was said to be very bad practice in one of the comments on ...
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ByPass usb GPO with iphone -and probably other mobile-

So I am running pentest on a device running Win7 and admin user set group policy to disable all mass storage devices and all usb's. I have access to local user without privs. Although my usb stick ...
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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 way to authenticate for Funding balance with API call [closed]

I have an API call where a user adds to their balance when funds are low. The actual payment is done via Braintree, but I need to allow the user to make that call via their API. What would be a good ...
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Tracing a text message

Good afternoon, Is there anyway to trace a text message? As far as the real phone number that the text is being sent from? Or the location of where the text is being sent from? I've been getting ...
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Can my phone be hacked just by being called?

I recently found a site, Cell-Spy-Stealth.com, that claims to sell spyware which can be targeted on a phone by simply making a call to it: "It will work even if you get the voice mail, or if the ...
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How to find phone number of any user in a specific area? [closed]

I have learned about IMSI catchers but also read that one can not get the phone number through that IMSI. Lets suppose I want to collect the phone numbers of all people in a college/ shopping mall/ ...
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Strange android app … possibly a mass malware?

I started receiving on my android Samsung Galaxy note strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of china). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page ...
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TextSecure/WhisperPush instant messaging by Open Whisper Systems: End-to-end encrypted or not?

Open Whisper Systems claims that its TextSecure messaging is end-to-end encrypted, but at the same time there are now some rather serious allegations of how it might be betraying its users. If I ...
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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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Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for verification

Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for account verification & authentication for services such as PayPal, Twitter, Gmail, Linkekdin, etc.? And what is the security drawback for this?
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Is my phone carrier monitoring my traffic?

Today I started using a VPN on my phone (nexus 5), and after I switched on mobile data and turned off my WiFi, I received a text message from my carrier offering me roaming packages for Europe (which ...
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Application communication monitoring

I am seeking a way to monitor communication between Android applications in order to detect their suspicious behaviour but I am not sure where to start the development process from. As far I have ...
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Do iOS applications have access to the certificates installed?

As the title says, I'm curious if a generic iOS application can access/retrieve the certificates installed in the device (e.g., via a management profile) Thanks
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How is chase mobile deposit verified? [duplicate]

I read this but it didn't ask the question I want answered. How is Chase Mobile Deposit Secure? What I want to know is how do they avoid accepting a Photoshopped check? When someone gives me a ...
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PCI Compliance Check-list

I'm currently attempting to wrap my head around PCI compliance - and what I need to do for my business to be compliant. I would like some confirmation on what I've found so far. I accept payments in ...
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Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?

I know this is tin-foil hat fodder, but at least one judicial opinion (http://www.politechbot.com/docs/fbi.ardito.roving.bug.opinion.120106.txt) referenced a bug that could track/listen in on the ...
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Why use “App Secret” in mobile applications?

I see some SaaS require to import "App Secret" into your application also with "Application Key". I understand the "Applicaton Key", but can not understand the "App Secret". Here is why: I can ...
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How does authentication work without OAuth in mobile apps?

I have a (Drupal) website that needs a companion mobile app for some stuff (quite customized, not just creating/viewing nodes). I know I can use OAuth for this, but I was wondering about alternatives ...
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TPMs available on mobile with application access [closed]

I am looking for a mobile device, preferably a smartphone or a tablet, that contains a TPM (v1.2 or 2.0) and provides application access to it through an API. Does anyone know if any such devices ...
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How do anti-virus apps for Android work?

There seems to be a lot of anti-virus apps for Android. On a desktop or server an anti-virus must run with super-user privileges, however I am pretty sure these mobile anti-viruses are running as an ...
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Android app isolation risks & implementation

Are Android apps, specifically Chrome, isolated? Can other apps listen to other apps' activity? If so, how can apps be sandboxed?
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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 ...
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My app is asking for card details, but does not stores them. Do I need PCI compliance?

I plan to build an Android/iPhone app. The app will contain a few forms and status screens. One of the screens will ask the user for their card details. Once they'll click submit they'll be sent over ...
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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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Is it safe to use preyproject?

prey project tracks mobile devices and helps to find stolen devices. Is it safe from privacy perspective? How can I know that it doesn't spy on me?
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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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Should a Mobile app able to check what password is locally saved via a user facing feature?

I'm working at a company who is currently working to secure their mobile app (iOS native) by adding check points to security sensitive screens on the device (data is stored in the iOS keychain). User ...
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How to convert SSL Certificate for mobile app?

I am in the current process of renewing my SSL cert for my website. I also have a mobile app for my site. I want to use the same cert from my website in my mobile app. How can I do this? Thanks - I ...
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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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How do you find out if a phone is secretly sending private data to a remote server?

I read a recent article on a Chinese phone manufacturer on Wall Street Journal that says: The rumors had begun when a user posted online in mid-July that his RedMi Note smartphone was ...
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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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Can a mobile phone battery contain malware?

It has 3 terminals and is presumably a smart battery. I bought it on ebay recently for $2.74 USD and that included postage from China to Australia. It would normally retail for maybe $40 - $50. The ...
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LTE networks and MITM

2G would leave you vulnerable to spoofed base stations. 3G tried to somewhat fix that using mutual authentication. Now, I tried to check how LTE handles this but I couldn’t find any usefull ...
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GSM A5/1 encryption: Key management

I'm currently studying the A5/1 algorithm used for GSM encryption. I understood how thanks to the symmetric private Key and a public counter frame one can encrypt the communication between A and B. ...
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Security: Oauth and Mobile apps

This is what I believe are the security implications of integrating Oauth using embedded webview vs browser in mobile application. Embedded Webview * Keep UI for mobile app Security implications ...
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How can I validate time-sensitive data is coming from a mobile app, and not being forged?

In our application, a user selects answers to questions. Their score is based on the time spent answering each question down to a tenth of a second. The server is responsible for calculating and ...
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How does a SIM card prevent cloning?

I have read a few articles about SIM cards, stating that the chip inside them uses some cryptographic magic to prevent people from cloning your number. This to me seems borderline impossible, given ...
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Is there man in middle attack when using mobile phone calls?

My question is about the encryption between me and my mobile operator. My mobile operator uses A5/1. I use Samsung. Sometimes I see the symbol G on my phone which means GPRS. I don't know whether it ...
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iOS: sandbox of an iphone app

I am new to iOS so I do have only limited knowledge about iOS in general. For self learning purposes, I would like to know several things as I am quite confused after searching the web. I do know ...
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Pre boot authentication for Android phones [closed]

is there any way to have pre boot authentication on android phones? It would be nice if it would work with YubikeyONE's one time password mode.
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Someone borrowed my phone and Im scared its hacked [closed]

I am from Australia and I use a iPhone 4. Today, a young guy asked to borrow my phone, since he was out of credit and since I was trying to be a good samaritan, let him borrow my phone (also we were ...
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Mobile App Processing Debit Card Transactions

I am creating a mobile app for iPhone and Android and the respective API that will be exposed to support the operations. This operations will require the customer to type the PIN to complete the ...
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How to securely serve client-side-only web content to mobile with convenience?

For a cryptocurrency client implementation, I am serving a single page webapp to mobile clients. It is a client-side-only page. I would like to serve this page to clients, but I fear tampering by ...
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Is it possible to track a missing brand new phone? [closed]

I ordered a Nokia phone online and it turned out that the packet had been tampered and the phone was missing from the package. Obviously it does not have a SIM card, etc. I assume someone stole it ...