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 Securely Store Sensitive Data on Mobile Appliation

i want to develop a mobile bank app (windows phone, android, ios) that interact with bank channel. first time when user opens application the key exchange process begins and at end of this process a ...
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Android/iOS application security testing checklist

According to OWASP, we have a list of top ten mobile application vulnerabilities. But we are damn sure that the number of vulnerabilities on mobile apps, especially android apps are far more than ...
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Suitable cipher for SMS encryption

I would like to create application for encrypting SMS messages. After long enough discussions I decided to use symmetric encryption, since handling public/private keys issue is too difficult for most ...
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Are 2FA soft-tokens flawed if the user can log into the website from the same mobile device?

If I'm using something like Authy for soft tokens for my users, and they log into the web application on the mobile device itself, haven't they just lost the benefit of 2FA (ie loss of the mobile ...
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Mobile, WebServices and SSL

I just started dipping my feet into security and SSL. I looked at various videos to try and understand how the magic happens and I have the general idea now, but most of them deal with it taking the ...
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Confirming a phone is still registered to someone [closed]

My tenant s answering his phone pretending to be someone else and not paying his rent. I need to know the phone is still registered to him Is this possible ? Thank you I have tried a few times in the ...
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Cordova/Phonegap: RefreshToken in localstorage

I am (partly) following a tutorial to develop a cordova app, based on angularJS. The author stores the refresh token in local storage, which was said to be very bad practice in one of the comments on ...
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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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Why do I need to hide my phone's IMEI

If it is a secret then why is it visible on the box, invoice and the back of the phone? If it is not a secret then why does it have to be blurred when it gets posted online?
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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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Best way to authenticate for Funding balance with API call [closed]

I have an API call where a user adds to their balance when funds are low. The actual payment is done via Braintree, but I need to allow the user to make that call via their API. What would be a good ...
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secure communications on mobile platforms [migrated]

What means are there to securely message your friends on mobile devices? Specifically if you and your friends use different operating systems like android and iOS. Are there ways to have group ...
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Tracing a text message

Good afternoon, Is there anyway to trace a text message? As far as the real phone number that the text is being sent from? Or the location of where the text is being sent from? I've been getting ...
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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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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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How to find phone number of any user in a specific area? [closed]

I have learned about IMSI catchers but also read that one can not get the phone number through that IMSI. Lets suppose I want to collect the phone numbers of all people in a college/ shopping mall/ ...
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Strange android app … possibly a mass malware?

I started receiving on my android Samsung Galaxy note strange notifications in Mandarin (the language of the people of china). Once I click on the notification it opens my browser with a blank page ...
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TextSecure/WhisperPush instant messaging by Open Whisper Systems: End-to-end encrypted or not?

Open Whisper Systems claims that its TextSecure messaging is end-to-end encrypted, but at the same time there are now some rather serious allegations of how it might be betraying its users. If I ...
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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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Android Device Encryption

I am trying to understand when using the default android device encryption in 4.0.4 ICS (AES-CBC 128Bit) how the Key Derivation Function works? That is how is the users decryption passcode transformed ...
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Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for verification

Is it safe to use virtual mobile numbers for account verification & authentication for services such as PayPal, Twitter, Gmail, Linkekdin, etc.? And what is the security drawback for this?
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OTP for syncing mobile device

Scenario: a web app with two-factor authentication using username/password and hardware OTP. Once logged into the app, one of the app modules should be used in a tablet or any mobile device without a ...
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Is it safe to use the official Facebook apps in a public Wifi?

I know, that my login credentials are sent in clear text for every body to read, when I log into facebook without using https from my mobile phone's browser in an public / non encrypted wifi. And I ...
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Is my phone carrier monitoring my traffic?

Today I started using a VPN on my phone (nexus 5), and after I switched on mobile data and turned off my WiFi, I received a text message from my carrier offering me roaming packages for Europe (which ...
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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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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 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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How to disable SSLv3 on a Windows 8 phone?

I have a Nokia Lumia phone that runs Windows 8. However, simple test on the browser tells me I'm vulnerable for POODLE attacks. I use the phone for internet and email access a lot and I need it to be ...
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Android Penetration Testing

I need to do pen test for android mobile application. I have an android mobile and laptop connected to same wi-fi network. I need to intercept/capture the requests/traffic of the mobile in the laptop ...
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Do iOS applications have access to the certificates installed?

As the title says, I'm curious if a generic iOS application can access/retrieve the certificates installed in the device (e.g., via a management profile) Thanks
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How is chase mobile deposit verified? [duplicate]

I read this but it didn't ask the question I want answered. How is Chase Mobile Deposit Secure? What I want to know is how do they avoid accepting a Photoshopped check? When someone gives me a ...
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PCI Compliance Check-list

I'm currently attempting to wrap my head around PCI compliance - and what I need to do for my business to be compliant. I would like some confirmation on what I've found so far. I accept payments in ...
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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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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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Why use “App Secret” in mobile applications?

I see some SaaS require to import "App Secret" into your application also with "Application Key". I understand the "Applicaton Key", but can not understand the "App Secret". Here is why: I can ...
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How does authentication work without OAuth in mobile apps?

I have a (Drupal) website that needs a companion mobile app for some stuff (quite customized, not just creating/viewing nodes). I know I can use OAuth for this, but I was wondering about alternatives ...
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TPMs available on mobile with application access [closed]

I am looking for a mobile device, preferably a smartphone or a tablet, that contains a TPM (v1.2 or 2.0) and provides application access to it through an API. Does anyone know if any such devices ...
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How do anti-virus apps for Android work?

There seems to be a lot of anti-virus apps for Android. On a desktop or server an anti-virus must run with super-user privileges, however I am pretty sure these mobile anti-viruses are running as an ...
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Android app isolation risks & implementation

Are Android apps, specifically Chrome, isolated? Can other apps listen to other apps' activity? If so, how can apps be sandboxed?
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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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My app is asking for card details, but does not stores them. Do I need PCI compliance?

I plan to build an Android/iPhone app. The app will contain a few forms and status screens. One of the screens will ask the user for their card details. Once they'll click submit they'll be sent over ...
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Why is GSM still used?

GSMs vulnerabilities have been known a long time now. UMTS was supposed to fix those problems. Why is GSM still used?
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Is it safe to use preyproject?

prey project tracks mobile devices and helps to find stolen devices. Is it safe from privacy perspective? How can I know that it doesn't spy on me?
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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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Proof of SIM card possession on iOS devices

I need to proof that a user of my app is in possession of the correct SIM card. On android devices, this is possible by simply sending a challenge within an SMS to the corresponding number (the proof ...
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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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How to convert SSL Certificate for mobile app?

I am in the current process of renewing my SSL cert for my website. I also have a mobile app for my site. I want to use the same cert from my website in my mobile app. How can I do this? Thanks - I ...
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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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Is it possible for a phone to be transmitting even while turned off and the battery removed?

Is it technically or theoretically possible for any part of a mobile phone's circuitry to be still on and transmitting even while turned off and the battery has been removed? If so, how? I am ...