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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How does a BlackBerry handheld connect to BES?

How does a Blackberry device connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) for the first time? What are the security mechanisms used to protect against a rogue BlackBerry handheld trying to connect to ...
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Why do mobile operating systems not implement a way to deny permissions to an app?

Android and iOS (afaik) implement a relativly fine-grained permission schema for their apps. But as I user I only have the change to acceppt all or nothing. When I think about it, it shouldn't be a ...
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SIM card - Cryptography

I would like to have general infos about crypto and commom SIM card in mobile phone(I know there may be different implementations, technos according to the operator...). Is crypto used only for ...
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Can sms-only authentication be safe?

many Android mobile applications (e.g., Whatsapp, Telegram), when used for the first time on a device, "authenticate" users by sending them a secret code in a SMS message. The same mechanism is used ...
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With Samsung's Knox proven weakness, how should I secure my Samsung device?

This post shows that the device pin is stored in the clear, which presents a major weakness in device security. Can I just delete the file? Or is there a better way to protect my device? It appears ...
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Does the Windows Surface RT or Pro (Windows 8) support local encryption of Activesync data?

Our company policy is requires the local encryption of data for all email (in case the device is stolen) Does the Windows Surface (either version) support local encryption? Is the local device ...
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Should I install an antivirus on my mobile phone?

Is it advisable to install an antivirus for a mobile? I have recently purchased Note 2. Not too sure of how heavy application usage would I indulge into. But I would like to know if for safety ...
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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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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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Resources/tools for controlling access to corporate email on smartphones

If one of our employees has access to corporate email on a smartphone I want to make sure that if they lose the phone then whoever finds it can't get at any corporate email on that phone. For iOS ...
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Securing 2 factor data from apps that are co-located on the same device?

Several apps such as GMail, Coinbase, Yahoo and others require the use of the mobile device to gain access to the data within the app. For example Gmail requires TOTP in Google Authenticator ...
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REST API stateless authentication using social login

I am implementing a REST API for our mobile applications in which user will login using the SDKs of various social media. Currently, the login strategy is as follows: The token(s) (access_token in ...
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Storing Credit Card Information on Mobile Phones

I've inherited the code-base for a legacy mobile app (both the native Android and native iOS version) and am running a security review on it, a few things stood out to me. The app allows a user to ...
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Is OAuth always the right choice (and when isn't it)

So I am reluctant to ask too much of a noob question, as this guy aked about a non-standard approach and got down voted a bunch, but here goes. I am creating a mobile application which needs to ...
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What are best practices considering the use of Apple data protection?

Since iOS 4, Apple data protection supports hardware based encryption of confidential information on the device. I looked around for best practices considering the use of Apple data protection, but ...
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Scan for mobile phones?

I'd like to measure queuing time, similar to what they're doing in Finland. Instead of detecting bluetooth (which is disabled in most phones) I thought of detecting EDGE/3G. I'd like to log the ...
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How do you erase a Blackberry without having direct access to the server?

I have a Blackberry with no access to the BIS or BES server that managed it. How does one erase and reset the device to defaults?
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PCI Complient Storing Credit Card Data On Offline Tablet

I have a client that does work in rural areas where there are no cellphone or internet connections. They need a way to take credit card information in the field, bring it back to their office where ...
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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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Safer way to access paypal, Mobile or Pc?

I often find it difficult to chose if it is safer (in any context) to log in to my paypal, or other similar banking accounts using my Nokia or my PC. Maybe, I am assuming the fact, that since I do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tutorials, Exercises and Environemnts for Penetration Testing Mobile Environments

I'm looking for a list of exercises or distributions to practice penetration testing on mobile environments. There are plenty of existing things like the environments found at pentesterlab.com and ...
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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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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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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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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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In theory, can a restricted-use ToR network be created with “Verifiable Encryption”? How should I approach learning it?

I have mobile devices (low power, low bandwidth) need to act as a proxy for certain types of P2P encrypted data, such as voting, bitcoin payment, or other specific-purpose usage, and I want to make ...
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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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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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Is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it?

With today's technology, is it possible to locate a cellphone's location just by ringing it, kind of like what we see in movies?
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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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iOS/Android authentication and security

Here is what I am trying to do and can anyone provide some best practice advice for authentication and security? Each user will have their own private database on the cloud. He will have his local ...
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Can we verify that an app store ships the same code I have been shown?

When thinking about which messaging solution to use on my new "smart"phone I reflexively tended towards open source products, figuring that I could trust these more to actually provide the security ...
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Deterring Mobile phone Tethering in the workplace

How do you put in controls to prevent a staff using his/her mobile phone to tether 3G/4G connection and download unauthorized files onto the office PC? Of course minimally there must be an AV in ...
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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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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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How secure are native iPhone - PUSH Services

The native app is sending the UDID to Provider Service for recieving PUSH Notification thru APNS. How is it possible to prevent tampered request(modified UDID) getting processed at Provider Service? ...
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Secure implementations of G2/G3/G4 cellular technology

It appears that GSM is like any other technology, and is only as secure as its implementation. What implementations are known to be secure or insecure due to a fault on the implementor's side, or due ...
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Pen test cell-phones

A customer has asked to conduct a pen-test on the phones of employees. The target is text messages in the phones. Text messages are stored on the SIM for security reasons. Physical access to the ...
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Is this system of authentication secure for a mobile app? What can I do to improve it?

Users authenticate with their phone number, get a pin text, and if it is correct, they get an access token. Store the access token in a DB in a Token model. The client always sends the access token in ...
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Can virus save to SIM Card?

(Before everything excuse me because of me 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 ...
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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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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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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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Does Verizon Wireless LTE network have intrusion prevention capabilities?

Can someone tell me whether or not Verizon Wireless's LTE network has an IDS/IPS capability? I'm trying to compare the security of their CDMA/LTE network to others that are GSM. EDIT for clarity: I ...