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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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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Is there such thing as a smart phone with auto-forget password feature?

Storing passwords to external services (e.g. corporate email servers) on smart phones is very insecure, since phones are more easily stolen. Has any vendor implemented a feature to only cache a ...
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Android Apps accessing DNS settings?

I have my android device rooted, and only one RootTool app (Which is fairly popular and seems trust worthy to me, and which I use to tweak the phone) with root access. And I remember correctly setting ...
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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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Is it possible to find out the oauth 2.0 client id and secret when an app is communicating with a web service?

I'm building an mobile app that needs to communicate with a web service. To make sure that only my app is communicating with the web service, I authenticate using OAuth 2. The fact that I need to ...
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Payment security on Android App

I am developing an application from which users browse and buy books. The client can be Android ,iOS, Mac. The server is ASP.net Web APIs. I know there are many payment services available. One of ...
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Activesync: If I disable or rename the AD account does that mean the phone won't be wiped?

Suppose an Activesync phone needs to be wiped because it was lost, stolen, or it was an employee termination. If we disable the account prior to wiping the device (or the device receiving the wipe ...
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Can malware on my computer infect my phone?

Suppose my computer is compromised or has malware. Can the malware spread to my phone? If so, how? Has any malware been observed in the wild to do this? Relevance: Some banks use two-factor ...
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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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Is a VPN the only way to protect against rogue Wifi access points MITM attacks?

Given that it's very easy set up a rogue access point and MITM that connection, is a VPN to a trusted host the only real way to secure my browsing and other TCP/UDP actions? This question relates to ...
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Is Remotely wiping a cell phone really a valid defense?

In this month's issue of the SANS Institutes "Securing the Human" newsletter, the topic was lost and stolen cell phones. In the section on what to do if your cell phone is lost or stolen, it included ...
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What are the security implications of phone based keyless entry systems?

I have just been reading about Lockitron which promises to provide phone based keyless entry for the home. As great an idea as this sounds it strikes me that it could come along with some very serious ...
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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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How can cellular phones be eavesdropped on? [closed]

I know its really stupid question but one of my friend told me that he can listen to the guy who calling on his mobile phone without his phone being the one the call is controlled by. What ways could ...
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Resources on security risks of NFC

Mobile phones are, increasingly, starting to support NFC. NFC can be used for a rich set of applications (including mobile payments, identity, and file sharing). What are primary security risks ...
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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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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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How does a new SMS message overwrite a previous one?

During a talk from a vendor, the speaker mentioned that their product used a "little known feature" of SMS in order to overwrite the last text message received from them. This feature was being used ...
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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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Tools to help test the security of Android applications

What are some decent frameworks to test the security of Android applications? With frameworks I mean either software based to automatically scan these applications or a guide (like OWASP has for ...
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making an iPhone/Android app which sends a user password to my server, how to secure?

I'm making an iPhone/Android app for my website, users already have an account on the website and the app will allow them to login. I don't have SSL on my website, but it's just a reviews website and ...
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Is there a reason to protect SIM with PIN?

If phone would be stolen then SIM card will be thrown out by thiefs just after the theft so that they can't be found. If phone would be losed then it will be harder to find an owner for people that ...
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What are the security measures taken on GPS transmissions?

I was just reading this article on how phone GPS work and the improvements that Apple had done to reduce the amount of time those calculations take on a regular iPhone. That makes me wonder: what ...
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What's the deal with SMS archiving? [closed]

The other week I was texting a friend of mine, and something happened that I haven't experienced before. Instead of receiving the text I'd just sent, my friend received a text I sent several months ...
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How to secure unprotected Telnet Server on Droid 3

I have a Droid 3 and for whatever reason it has a Telnet Server running on port 23. It requires no credentials and it has root permissions. It bothers me when I'm connected to wifi networks because my ...
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Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack?

Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack? Specifically forcing a reset or opening an application.
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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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Facebook changed the default email address for every contact. How do I mitigate the impact and risk?

Facebook created a problem for regulated industries and Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by changing the default outgoing SMTP address for every contact to a @Facebook.com address. This is an ...
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What prevents people getting charged over NFC in crowded places?

I don't have an NFC-enabled device and I couldn't find any information about this in Google. What is it that protects me against an attacker with a portable NFC terminal charging payments by just ...
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Secure device pairing protocol

I need to implement secure pairing between two devices based on a short shared PIN code with no trusted third party. If you think about the way bluetooth devices pair you won't be far off -- my ...
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What governing body is responsible for the use of GSM SMS alphanumeric SenderID's?

Currently, I am writing a paper about GSM sender spoofing and how this flaw is possible with the use of different techniques and attack pattern in the GSM 2G implementation both technically and ...
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Securing an API for mobile access

I've built a nice REST/JSON API that is used by other companies (our clients) as a B2B service. Each of our clients has a username/password pair, and we also do HTTPS and validate the source IP of ...
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What is preventing us from sniffing the mobile phone communcation?

I'm learning wireless penetration testing. It really is amazing. But it made me wonder, what about mobile phones? They are also means of wireless communication. So, our entire voice must be in the air ...
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Implementation of Blizzard's Mobile Authenticator

How is the Blizzard Mobile Authenticator implemented? Does it happen to use OATH-TOTP or something similar?
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List of Top security risk/attack scenarios for android application

WHat are the possible security risk/attack scenarios for android application. This is with regards to the OWASP top 10 Mobile Security threats discussed here: ...
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How secure are “mobile authenticators” versus traditional key fobs?

Two-factor authentication, password + device, seems to be increasingly mainstream among consumers with products like Activision Blizzard's Battle.NET authenticators. However, I am curious what the ...
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iPhone - logging out user when app goes into background

Our (financial/banking) mobile app requires user to enter username/password in order to get data via webservice calls. Once user is logged in, credentials are stored in global variable until user logs ...
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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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How to make an iPhone app HIPAA compliant?

How do we make a iPhone app HIPAA compliant. Our website is HIPAA compliant since we use encryption at rest, we use SSL, and other security provisions. Will using a SSL connection give us the ...
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Security risks of scanning an unknown QR code

What are the security risks of scanning a QR code from an untrusted source? If the QR code was constructed by an attacker, what can the attacker do to me? Do widely used QR scanners have any known ...
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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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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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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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How to trace a (mobile) phone?

Even since growing up, I've watched films in which the "bad guy" is repeatedly tracked down when they call the police or FBI or police force de jour. They always have "about 30 seconds". Regardless ...
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Intercept data sent via bluetooth

I am trying to re-write a closed-source application, originally deployed on mobile devices, that lets you command and control a certain type of mechanical robots via bluetooth. The new application I ...
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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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Smartphone SSH clients with shared user

I am writing an application for smartphones to provide very limited SSH usage. The user cannot perform arbitrary actions when logged in. They can run a specific script(s) only. For various reasons ...
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Can I instruct a Telco to prevent 2G connections from our phones?

Given that 2G is proven to be insecure (broken) at DefCon, is it possible for a Corporate IT department to work with the Telco and ban 2G connections for their devices? Some cell phones are unable to ...
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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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iPhone Credit Card Payment

I am trying to understand what is the best way to implement a credit card payment flow into a native iPhone app. From what I see on the market, most of the apps use a WebView to process the payment. I ...