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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Mobile Backend Server: How to validate authenticated client is valid?

Consider this scenario Step 1: App asks user to "Sign In" using Google or Facebook Step 2: Once authenticated, app sends user's Id (from Google/Facebook) to My App Server requested to app ...
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Checking if apk's contain malicious software [on hold]

Is there a programmatic way to check if a given mobile application executable is malicious through some sort of lookup service? I have used Virustotal for desktop malware, does it work for mobile ...
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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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When Activesync policy is applied to iPhones allows thumbprint-unlock, while Android does not. Which is correct?

We have a long-standing ActiveSync device policy that requires an unlock code for all phones that use corporate email. It seems that iPhones with "swipe to unlock" and Android phones with similar ...
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Detect spy software on Symbian

I would like to check a Nokia N8 for possible software that might send any kind of data without my consent. Is there a specific tool to achieve this? Are there specific techniques?
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What cellular network is used for automobile theft recovery? Can that be used for PCs and mobile devices?

I'm interested in sending a remote wipe command to stolen IT devices, such as a cell phone, or wifi connected device. However most remote wipe technologies require that the cellular service (or wifi) ...
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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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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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Is it safe to store public key encrypted password in the Mobile Device for authentication purposes?

I have a Apache Cordova hybrid mobile app that needs to authenticate users, but we don't want to prompt for credentials every time the app is used. Some options came to my mind: Store the password ...
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Voicemail PIN reset - what is a DDN? [closed]

Here is a recording of Glenn Mulcaire using social engineering to reset the PINs to voice mailboxes to which he did not have authorised access. (At least, that's my understanding.) He appears to say ...
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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 can I get a fiddler-style trace of an iPhone / Android?

I want to audit the HTTP and HTTPS activity of apps downloaded onto my mobile device. What is the best way to do this? I own the device, can add a root certificate, and can connect the running ...
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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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Is SCEP safe if I use a different long and complex password per enrollment, and validate it against expected parameters?

I'm considering using SCEP to enroll iPads and other devices in my network. The iOS configuration profile allows me to configure a different password for each device. Is it valid, and safe for me to ...
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Why don't mobile operators blacklist stolen phones using their IMEI?

I've just read this piece of news that Android and Windows phones will get a 'killswitch', rendering them useless to potential thieves. However, since all devices have a unique identification number ...
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Should an SMIME signing and encryption key have different expiration dates?

Assuming the client supports different keys, what is some rationale that should be considered for signing and encryption keys? For example, since the encryption key needs to be present on each device ...
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Is it possible to read files in a mobile phone for carriers through mobile network alone?

Say a smartphone does not have any (internet) data plans activated (no gprs, 3g data etc.). It just connects to the tower for calls. So is it technically possible for the carrier or law enforcement ...
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How do I secure “Data at Rest” only allowing Service API to access it from a mobile application

How do I secure data at rest from unauthorized access, but still allowing my application to access the data using user authentication over HTTPS? My scenario is as follows: Login to application ...
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Security risk of connecting one mobile device to another mobile device's hotspot

Is there any risk when connecting an Android Phone to a [Verizon] iPhone's Hotspot? If there are I'd like to know about solutions. The Android Phone will basically be tapping the data plan of the ...
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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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What is the purpose of HTTPS GET vs POST requests when certificate pinning?

I have a mobile app which uses public key pinning to make sure that I only connect to servers from my CA. This works great with https, and it makes it so that nobody can really proxy my server and ...
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What security mechanisms are in place for iOS' custom keyboards?

Apple has just announced iOS 8. The new version appears to be more extensible than previous versions, and one of the new possiblities is to allow developers to develop custom keyboards, different than ...
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Transparently authenticating users or devices on mobile devices

I have an interest in using EAP-TLS to authenticate both users and devices separately on mobile devices (phones, iPods, tablets, etc.). My issue is how to delineate between user authentication and ...
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GET over HTTPS vs POST over HTTPS [duplicate]

How safe is a hybrid mobile application developed using a GET Web service over HTTPS? What are the pros and cons of using it and how safe is POST over HTTPS?
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Is it safe to rely on text messages as a means on authentication?

Many websites, including banks, use text messages as their primary or secondary means of authentication. In theory, it sounds like a perfect method unless the user loses their phone or has it infected ...
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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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Does PCI DSS 1.4 include tablets and smartphones?

1.4 install personal firewall software on any mobile and/or employee-owned computers with direct connectivity to the Internet (for example, laptops used by employees), which are used to access the ...
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3G Femtocell at home: can anybody connect, and is all traffic encrypted?

At our office we have bad reception for 3G. We bought a Femtocell device that provides a 3G connection for one specific mobile provider. This device is connected to our network via ethernet. I cannot ...
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Is there any documentation or reviews about LINE messenger security?

I tried to find any documentation about the security of LINE messenger, but I couldn't. Is there any documentation or reviews about the communication protocol it uses, and whether or not it uses ...
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Authenticating users on offline devices such as ipad

We are wanting to authenticate the user inside a webapp (JavaScript/HTML inside browser) running on a tablet, but want to be able to do this when the device is offline from the network. I realize this ...
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IMEI or IP being recognised?

Can a website see my IMEI number? I have been banned from a website for multiple accounts, although I always cleared cookies, disconnected and reconnected from "the cloud" which gives me a different ...
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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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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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How do Android reverse engineering tools extract packages/ package hierarchy present in Android apps? [closed]

I have been involved in disassembling Android apps using baksmali and dexpler. Whenever I disassemble an app, I find the packages and package hierarchy (that would have been available in development ...
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Best practices for securing an android device

Does anyone have any suggestions on securing an Android device? I'm not particularly interested in enterprise level software - I'm looking to secure my own ZTE Blade phone which has a lot of personal ...
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Does analyst API Flurry break Australian Privacy Act or any other Legal, Regulations, Compliance?

I want introduce Flurry API in my iOS app. But I heard since 2014 Australia start an act to against web page and mobile app to collect user information. My question is simple: Does using of API ...
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Why can we still crack snapchat photos in 12 lines of Ruby?

Just came across this bit of ruby that can be used to decrypt snapchat photos taken out of the cache on a phone, apparently adapted from here. To my surprise, it worked no problem, considering the ...
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Imei and phone number given to unknown sources. What are the risks?

The facts: A friend put his phone number (and possibly the IMEI) for his android device into some kind of hacking PC software that promised to (and actually did) extend his Whatsapp account that was ...
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Caller ID Spoof and Text Spams – How do they work?

(Posted here after a comment/suggestion from: http://superuser.com/questions/254340/caller-id-spoof-and-text-spams-how-do-they-work. Apologies if deemed not appropraite) A lot of people will have at ...
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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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Best practices for securing an iPhone

As this question on voicemail protection got answers veering more to protecting the mobile phone, I thought I should add a specific question on this topic. There is already a question on protecting ...
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Keyloggers on Smartphones?

I need to clarify my question. I'm wondering if there are any apps for smartphone that can log each 'keystroke' (i.e. key pressed on touchscreen) that a user does. Performing a google search brings up ...
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Why is OAuth 2.0 being used for mobile devices, and not OpenID?

Microsoft Azure Mobile services exclusively uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication, and many other providers mention the use of OAuth 2.0 specifically when referring to mobile devices. Question What ...
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Is there a TOTP variant that does not require the user to type in a code? [closed]

We're considering a 2 factor TOTP solution on a mobile phone. However, it would be much easier for the user to somehow send the OTP to the server by pushing a button, rather than manually typing in a ...
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Why are apps for mobile devices more restrictive than for desktop?

Application devlopement for mobile devices is generally more restrictive, i.e. the apps runs in a sandboxed environment, they have many limitations when accessing the filesystem, etc. compared to ...
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Do normal SMS risks apply to DigiCel mobile banking? What mitigations are likely in place?

In this interview with Bill Gates and Bill Clinton, they discuss their work with Digicel, who I assume is this company, to enable mobile banking with normal KYC protections. This site is full of ...
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What is the preferred way of using AWS (specifically S3) from mobile apps?

Adding the AWS access key and secret key directly in app code is definitely not a good approach, primarily because the app resides on the users device (unlike server side code), and can be reverse ...
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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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Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
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QR codes that can't be copied - possible?

I assume this is impossible, but I need to find a barcode (that can contain a url, i.e., a QR style one). It has to be photographed by our smartphone app, but the image will not be changed over a ...