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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Tails like OS for Smartphones

In Jacob Applebaum's latest talk at the 30c3 conference, he advised all journalists to use Tails or similar OS for their laptops. Does anyone know of a similar OS or functionality for Smartphones? ...
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How reliable are device IDs provided by PhoneGap on Android and iOS?

I have a web application that allows users to add mobile devices to their accounts (using mobile app). Each device is uniquely referenced by its UUID. Mobile client is developed using PhoneGap, so ...
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Is my SIM card vulnerable to DES cracking?

Srlabs have recently published article stating that many SIM cards can be exploited using vulnerability in DES: [...] While the option exists to use state-of-the-art AES or the somewhat outdated ...
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physical access proof smart card for disk encryption [closed]

Current full disk encryption on mobile devices rely on low entropy passwords like PIN numbers or pattern locks. Being able to use a smartcard with such mobile devices is a tempting idea. I know that ...
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Ingress collects a lot of data - what impact could this have on my privacy or security?

The Augmented Reality game from Google, Ingress, has players travel to specific GPS locations to destroy and rebuild virtual targets, link locations, and team up with other players in order to carry ...
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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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How to prevent user's mobile phone position tracked

Trying to follow up this post How to trace a (mobile) phone? , the answers on how to prevent being tracked while you own a mobile phone are: You cant. (even if you use disposable phones etc) 1) Why a ...
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Key-agreement protocol in a REST API

I have a C# REST API which exposes some methods over the HTTP protocol. The API is intended to be used my my Android applocation (Java) which is currently in the makings. Since the app is in an early ...
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Does a simple mobile REST API need HTTPS?

Let's say I have a really simple mobile app with a server API. For example some kind of Q&A app, where users answer questions to win some points ('Who wants to be a Millionaire' kind of game). ...
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Securing REST API for use by mobile apps

I developed a REST API whose clients are mobile apps/websites under my control (API is not open to anyone). Users log into my mobile app/website with their Facebook or g+ login. I'd like to secure ...
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Hardware encryption for mobile data

Assume a requirement for creating a custom application for Android or iOS smartphones, which will send and receive data (documents, e-mails, etc.) to/from a corporate server, perhaps after local ...
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Does a malicious android WebView break the DoubleSubmittCookie countermeasure against CSRF?

Initial situation: A RESTful webservice defends against CSRF attacks by using the double submit cookie approach. This means that the authentication token gets submitted twice and verified at the ...
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Security implications of shared credentials on private APN

It is common for public APNs to use shared credentials - nearly all mobile networks in the UK use the same credentials across all phones (see here for an example). In M2M applications such as ...
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How safe is Money Toolkit?

Money Toolkit is a smartphone app that can alert you to your balances and transactions across multiple accounts. I was reading their site and whether their practises are as secure as they claim to ...
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Google's Mobile Authentication for REST APIs

So I'm trying to create and secure a mobile REST API on an existing server that runs our web app. We're not going to open the API to the public and we will be writing the client app using ...
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Does a working JTAG diagnostics port on Android phone add unnecessary risk?

Not enough people seem to know about JTAG outside the hacker and LEO communities but the short version is that JTAG allows anyone with physical access to your phone to chew their way right into it. ...
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Any risk of email configured for pop/imap access?

If my mobile phone is infected with some malware and the only connection I have to my corporate network is that the email client in the phone is configured for mail (pop/imap), what would be the risk ...
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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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Compromised mobile device on a company network [duplicate]

What can a malicious user / attacker do if access is gained to a mobile device (smartphone/tablet) on a company network ?
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Is using an old Android phone for 2-factor authentication safe?

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to ask this, I didn't know a better place to start. I have a rooted HTC Hero (CDMA) that is no longer receiving service and is just kind of...sitting ...
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Do i need SSL certificate signed by a CA for hybrid mobile apps?

I have just stepped into ssl domain and started exploring how to implement ssl. My question is i understand ssl certificates signed by CA actually allow the client or browser to validate that the ...
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What risk does Carrier IQ pose, exactly?

There has been a lot of discussion about Carrier IQ, monitoring software that is pre-installed on many Android phones. Many allegations have been thrown out. My questions: What exactly does Carrier ...
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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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Danger of peer to peer software [closed]

I wanted to ask what are the risks of using P2P software. I found a lot of information on-line regarding the danger of file sharing but not about the software by itself. I am writing a mobile ...
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Offloading private key operations to a trusted device

If I have a cryptosystem built around PGP/GnuPG, I can keep my secrets safe by using an OpenPGP smart card and storing my private keys there. If I'm instead using DJB's NaCl, is there any sort of ...
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What is this QR code authentication scheme called?

What is this pattern for mobile authentication called? It's more convenient than entering complex password on mobile phone, and I wanted to read about it more A user is authenticated within webapp ...
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How effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 device-at-rest encryption?

My primary goal is to protect Activesync-based communication from being copied or stolen from an offline device. In that context how effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 encryption?
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Show another number when calling mobile phone [duplicate]

Nowadays I heard that some cheaters make mobile calls to steal banking & other private information.They show private numbers like 911 to their victims. Is it possible show different number to ...
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Android side channels: what can one app observe about other apps?

What information can a malicious Android app observe about the behavior of other apps running on the same phone? In more detail, suppose app M is malicious and is running in the background. Suppose ...
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How does Activesync security policy affect the usage of the iOS fingerprint scanner?

An Activesync IT administrator has the ability to choose if the phone should require a password, and also how complex it should be. Since the fingerprint scanner appears to replace the traditional ...
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Static analysis of Android applications using Androguard

I am building a project a part of which involves performing static analysis for Android applications. I know of Androguard and its tools that help in analyzing Android apks. But I am stuck and don't ...
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Why do a lot of Android apps (like Linkedin) require many unrelated privileges?

I wanted to install the Linkedin app on my Android phone and I was shocked when it asked for nearly all possible permissions including reading all of my private data and calendar data. Why does any ...
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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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Do SPA applications have different security considerations than HTML5 sites?

I'm looking into Single Page Applications that are used for both mobile development (PhoneGap) and regular websites. Since the application can load from a offline copy, can run from ...
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Authentication and removing the ability to replay information from a compromised machine

Consider this scenario. You have a client machine which is compromised, and a "master" machine which monitors that client's status (IsCompromised = {True|False}). The client has an agent which ...
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OFF Pocket or switch off your phone?

OFF Pocket: OFF Pocket is a "privacy accessory for mobile phones to block all signals". To use the OFF Pocket simply place your phone inside the case and close it. Your phone is now OFF. ...
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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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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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Is it possible to respect a user's privacy while collecting phone MAC addresses?

In London, there are trash bins that track a phone's MAC address and monitor the users movement from one location to another. I want to see if there is any best practice for collecting private ...
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Implementing 'Remember Me' for a mobile application

I am developing a mobile application wherein I need to implement the 'Remember Me' functionality. There are certain pages within the application which require you to login. What I need to do is, if ...
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How can I identify my phone call is being tracked or tapped?

When I read about mobile call tracing, the hackers/security experts track and record mobile phone calls somehow. Is it possible for us to identify that our call is tracked by someone or heard by ...
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Authentication for Mobile Devices

I am looking for ways to Authenticate on a mobile device. The mobile application is connecting to a WCF Service which in turn connects to a Database. Before the application retrieves any information ...
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Avoiding MITM attacks when using HTTPS over mobile

There are a variety of other questions that address elements of this security issue, but none that seem (to a non-expert) to address the substantial core of the issues raised in this article: ...
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How can I securely identify mobile devices on a network without a lot of overhead?

I am thinking there must be some alternative better than passwords, but not so complex and difficult to administer as a full PKI infrastructure with client certificates on every device. My primary ...
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Mobile Device Security [closed]

Are there any other security threats to a mobile device other then a rogue app? I am trying to secure a set of business phones and tablets and while anti-virus applications are possible, I don't see ...
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Intercepting and reading SSL traffic generated by Android

I am trying to use my PC to capture, decrypt and analyse traffic from SSL sessions on my android tablet. So far, I have a ZAP proxy server set up, with a CA generated. On my android device, I have ...
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Touch Screen Password Guessing by Fingerprint Trace

After eating some garlic bread at a friend's who is not security-aware, she managed to quickly determine the PIN code to unlock the screen of my Samsung SIII. She figured this out by simply holding ...
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Security instructions for a mobile banking REST API

I am designing a .NET Web API-based REST API that would be accessed via a mobile banking-like app. We plan to use OAuth 2.0 Resource Owner flow for authorization. All requests will go through HTTPS ...
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Can you protect corporate email on personal phones without the option of wiping all personal data?

Our company recently announced a new IT policy that requires encryption of any personal smartphone used to connect to the corporate Exchange server. As far as I can tell, they're using Exchange ...
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Securing a REST api at the message level

I'd like some feedback on the following authentication idea, does it makes sense, and is there a standard way of doing this (or similar) so I can rely on a well tested implementation. I've seen many ...