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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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 ...
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Will it matter if I give to someone the IMEI or Serial number of my device? [duplicate]

Just as the title says, if I have for example a pocket wifi will it matter if I give the IMEI or serial number to someone who ask for it? Or maybe a crucial device that can affect your health like ...
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Is it possible to make a phone call appear to come from another phone, even to the network provider?

Quick Question Is it possible that I could call a mobile number, but have the call forwarded through another number active on a different phone that someone else has? I have had unlimited access to ...
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Key management: Detecting that a key has been compromised?

I am looking at communication between our iOS/Android mobile app on the one side, and our RESTful web services API on the other side. From the server side, I have to assume that anything I receive is ...
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Detecting different jailbreaks

I am using an application that shuts down and quits when it detects a jailbroken phone. Is it possible that this application only detects some kinds of jailbreaks and not others? Or do applications ...
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If a thief has the phone in their possession, how can Password Recovery be implemented securely?

Standard password recovery involves sending a password reset mechanism to the user; either to email, sms or telephone call. However, if a phone has been stolen the thief has full access to these ...
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Why would my SSO information be cached on my iphone?

I develop a lot of internal applications/websites for my work using our standard SSO. It uses SAML2 and has a few different levels of security available. We have vendor who is using it for one of ...
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Are there any established secure coding guidelines available for mobile devices?

I am looking for secure coding guidelines especially for mobile devices (Android and iOS). The languages I am interested in are Objective-C, JAVA and HTML5. Would it be a good approach to use a "...
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Dangers of WAP billing?

Recently I clicked an ad by mistake on my phone and it routed me through different pages and popups automatically. On of the pages had my mobile phone provider in its URL and WAP-billing. So I ...
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Are mobile phone calls cached by the network? [closed]

While transmitting a phone call from one mobile phone to another across several carriers, I assume it may be necessary to buffer the audio data for a few seconds. My questions: a) Is it true, ...
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Can the location of a cellphone be pin-pointed?

If a person uses a SIM card that is pre-rica registered (meaning it is not registered on his name but the supplier), can you pin-point where a particular message or call was made from? For example: ...
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Are SMS,MMS stored on the network service providers' servers?

Are SMS and MMS sent via a mobile phone stored on telecommunication service providers' servers before passing them to the recipient? Does it depend on the country or does every network service ...
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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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iOS application pentest without jailbreak

Is it possible to run a security assessment on an iOS application using a non-jailbroken device? My device was recently restored (recovered - no SHSH blobs) to iOS 8.4.1 (as Apple doesn't like ...
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A “hardware” random number generator for mobile phone

I have been trying to write a random number generator using the hardware of the phone. After reading other people's attempts and tried some. I came up with the following to generate the seed: Play ...
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How is “Touch Jacking” prevented on iOS, Android, and Win 10 - touch?

I'm looking at the security of both iOS and Android from a Touch-jacking security perspective. In other words, I expect that an application can be in a secure state to ensure that no overlays, screen ...
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How to know our mobile number or phone has been hacked?

We have a Xiaomi Redmi 2 phone and a sim card in it. Yesterday we started receiving angry and swearing text messages. we called the numbers back and apparently a mass angry text messages have been ...
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Sniffer attack on mobile [closed]

I have Nokia lumia 625. And a guy hacked it using sniffer. That's how much I know about it. He has access to all my online texts(eg. Whatsapp, messenger etc) . and also to offline carrier text ...
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Default Encryption - A Panacea or Placebo

I wrote this on LinkedIn - Discrete Discretion My first question is: Is it accurate to say that default encryption is a placebo? Will default encryption only make end-users think they are secure ...
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Does the Java version matter when compiling an Android, Amazon, or Blackberry app? (for security reasons)

I need to compile an app that will run on an Android, or Android compatible system (Android, Amazon Fire, or Blackberry). The developer documentation says that JDK 7 is needed, however there are ...
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Does the carrier network autheticates itself to the SIM card?

From my understanding this is how SIM authentication works: When the mobile device starts up it obtains IMSI from the SIM card and send it to the operator network Operator network finds the Ki(128 ...
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Rootkits, Bootkits detection and protection and Firmware alteration

I was hacked in an extremely intrusive manner in late 2013. Ever since then, not a day has passed where I don't think about this. A lot. My question has to do with the likelihood of the attackers ...
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Is it possible to secure an Android Intent from other calls from apps?

I'm looking at the architecture of Android and want to come up with a service that allows for multiple applications (3rd party) to call a local android service and fetch data. Think of this as a ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS9 app collect?

As a follow-on to these questions: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect? Apple has apparently ...
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What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect?

I'm interested in unique information that is beyond typical user knowledge or control. As of iOS 7, users can easily protect local physical tracking by controlling radios (cell, WiFi, Bluetooth) in ...
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Are kiosk-style, full screen apps possible on iOS, Android, or Windows phone?

A popular car insurance company in the US has an app that displays "digital car insurance" papers. In the commercials, these apps are opened, and the user gives the unlocked phone to police officers. ...
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Two factor authentication: SMS/TOTP, but what if you only use your phone

I found a code by SMS or TOTP on a phone as a second factor of authentication to be a good solution for when you're using your computer to login to a website. Most people have a phone which can either ...
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Security of Yahoo's new authentication: On-demand password

Yahoo is trying to remove passwords from authentication and use on-demand password authentication system instead. I wonder how this new system will be secure? Even if somebody steal your mobile can ...
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Email for the second factor in 2FA systems

the scenario is in a corporate environment and not connected to internet. The other day I was arguing with my colleague on whether email is good enough to be the second factor in a 2FA system. My ...
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Are there any examples of when personal email data can be brought into a lawsuit involving a corporation?

If users bring their own device (BYOD) and they have corporate Exchange (or Goodlink email) on that device, could the other email accounts on that device be open to a legal search? Would the SMS ...
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Can your phone be traced without your SIM card for Android? [duplicate]

I'm just wondering I'm not a criminal but a friend is also wondering and Idk.
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Mobile numbers capture and transmit data

will it be possible to build a low cost hardware/software device which can capture mobile numbers within a specified radius and then use that information to transmit an sms to those numbers? From what ...
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Can the payer of my cell bill listen to my calls? [closed]

I am not an IT person so I'd need a simply-worded answer. I'm considering getting a smart phone, and someone else would be paying the bill, someone I don't necessarily trust. I'd like to know: would ...
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How to securely store application data on mobile device

How can security be enhanced to the maximum in a messaging app storing messaging history on the device (like whatsapp)? I am specifically referring to methods to minimize the risk of the data being ...
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Is it possible for someone else to add a photo to text messages I am sending? [closed]

Is it possible for someone else to intercept a text message I am sending and add a photo to that message? I recently answered a text message I received from a friend and half way through typing out ...
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How does Memory Corruption apply to Android?

I have researched several DoS attacks within Android e.g.: CVE-2015-1474 CVE-2013-5933 CVE-2013-4710 CVE-2012-6301 etc. And although I found DoS attacks within Android difficult to understand at ...
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Are SIM proactive commands secure?

A SIM card can initiate some communication with a mobile device with so called "proactive commands" (chapter 6 of http://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gts/11/1114/05.04.00_60/gsmts_1114v050400p.pdf). ...
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Tablet antitampering [closed]

We'll be distributing tablets for some group of employees. Enterprise applications will be installed and IT has been tasked with protecting them against users messing with these new toys (i.e ...
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Securing Data at Rest in Android

Here's a situation. I am the author of an app that allows my customers to stream videos on their local android device. I also allow them to download the video and store it locally on their android ...
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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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Is my JWT refresh plan secure?

I plan on using JWT for my login system for mobile devices. There is no real standard workflow for refreshing JWT tokens I could find so I created this one below. The reason I want to use JWT is for ...
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Can virus save to SIM Card?

(Before everything excuse me because of my English) Today one of my friends asked me about his Nokia 130 Dual SIM. There was a problem about Short Message System. No Messages were sent from that phone....
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Enabling feature to log in as soon as right password is typed (without pressing enter)

My phone has an option for the PIN lock screen to unlock it as soon as the correct number is entered (without pressing enter). So for example if the password is 77912 then you only have to enter 77912 ...
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Can a mobile operator assign traffic to every SIM card in their network?

When using 3G or 4G internet on my phone, is this running over the SIM card or is this similar to WLAN traffic? Can a mobile network provider assign my mobile internet traffic to my phone by either ...
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Difference between Kali Linux and Santoku Linux

I would like to know, before I will install Santoku, what are the differences between Kali Linux and Santoku Linux? I know that Santoku is dedicated to mobile security testing, but Kali has some tools ...
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Authentication, authorization in native mobile clients (Android)

I am developing native mobile client for store that requires user authentication in order to make purchases available. I have my web store page, authentication is provided by CMS (OpenCart). Now I ...