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iOS is Apple's operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Stop smartphone microphone from listening in background

Recently it has come to light that tech companies such as Facebook and Microsoft use humans to listen and transcribe audio conversations on Facebook messenger and Skype to improve their AI. However ...
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How to Scan iPhone Cell, appliances, running iOS with AV? [on hold]

Regarding iOS, appliances, and Cell Phones/Watches, iPads, etc. How do I scan them with an AV?
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Obfuscating “sensitive” strings in mobile client

We have a client that runs some native (C++) code on both Android and iOS, to mitigate MITM attacks we use certificate pinning. This means that the binary includes some strings (const char * const ...
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Should I hash responses from server?

I am hashing all requests to my server with a secret token known by only the server and my mobile app to prevent malicious apps from using my servers. Should I also do this on the responses from the ...
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How to be sure that my app is my app? [duplicate]

I want to protect my server against someone who would have replicate my iOS application and used the internal http calls, by decompiling or just by some way obtained my source code. I guess It would ...
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CSRF on inter-app communication iOS

How can I make a request from one app to another on iOS and verify the origin of the app request? Apple used to have an applicationSource sent along with deeplinks, but it's now being deprecated. ...
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Is it a privacy issue that iOS persists private keys between app installs of the same bundle ID?

In iOS apps, Apple goes to a lot of trouble to keep applications from creating a stable identifier for a specific device. For example, in iOS >= 5 they no longer allow apps to get the hardware-tied ...
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Can my G Suite admin see my browsing history if: I am in incognito mode on iPad Chrome?

Can my G suite admin see by browsing history if: I am in incognito mode on iPad Chrome? iPadOS beta 3. I'm signed in with a G Suite account. If they are monitoring me, is it visible? Is there any way ...
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Cycript (Killed: 9 error) on jailbroken ios 11.4

I am doing security research on a jailbroken ios 11.4 using cycript. When attempting to attach to a process using cycript -p <pid>, I get a Killed: 9 error in the console. Searching online ...
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capturing web-sockets packets from IOS using fiddler

I am using latest Fiddler version trying to capture web-sockets requests from an IOS application. I am able to see only HTTP and HTTPS requests. Laptop(Running fiddler on port 8888) and mobile both ...
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Is AWS Cognito vulnerable to MITM when using iOS with Lambda and RDS

I'm a bit new to coding backend services. And I'm not sure how to solve this problem. So users in an iOS app can be authenticated with Cognito and afterwards gain the rights to invoke lambda ...
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How does Google restrict API access by mobile App ID?

Google Cloud Platform API service has an option to restrict API access to specified iOS bundle identifiers. How is Google able to accomplish that since any mobile clients can easily spoof the bundle ...
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Would iCloud data “cross-contaminate” Google account?

Sorry for asking such “wild” sounding question. Basically, iCloud can be allowed to sync bookmarks to Google Chrome browser through iCloud Windows application. And most of the time, your Chrome ...
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Is Spyzie a scam that allows people to pull data from iCloud?

Came across a iOS tracking software called “Spyzie” which allows parents to monitor kids’ data usage including call logs, messages, browsing and many more. One of the key feature this software raises ...
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Encrypting mobile user data in event of PIN/device compromise

As I understand it, modern mobile OS's often encrypt app data when a device is locked with a pin or password. However, how do I protect users if their device or pin has been compromised? If I ...
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How to completely destroyed all data from an iPhone before reselling it?

I would wish to know more about how to erase 100% data of a used iPhone. Basically, technician from Apple Store only said “Erase & Clear” within the iPhone setting could do all the work perfectly ...
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Are there any known instances of Apple iOS exploits that can remotely install malware on a device unauthenticated?

Title. Are there any known instances of exploits targeting iOS (versions 11 and later) with the following characteristics?: Allows remote, unauthenticated installation of malware on the device. ...
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What to tamper the universal links in iOS? is possible to do?

I have created my app and website with universal links implementation such as /apple-app-site-association and applinks:<domainname>. Now I would like to ensure security param tampering and ...
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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS 12 or iOS 13 app collect?

As a follow-on to these questions: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect? What unique device ...
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Checking authenticity of a mobile app (digital staff card) [duplicate]

I've been asked to implement a digital card for member's of our organisation, to replace the old plastic ones. Members would install our app on their phone and setup a "card" with their photo on it ...
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BundleID of an iOS Application installed on iOS 10.2.1

I'm fairly new to iOS Security and was trying to obtain the BundleID of the applications installed on my jailbroken iOS Device (10.2.1). I tried using both Appster and BundleIDs but both failed to ...
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Is copying passwords to iOS clipboard secure?

Since apps on iOS can access the clipboard should I worry about it when copying passwords from the keychain? I do that when AutoFill feature doesn't work so I would not have to manually retype ...
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How can Apple allow all my devices to use iMessages without the key leaving my phone?

This question is related but different to this question. Apple says that all iMessages are end-to-end encrypted, but how can a newly enrolled apple laptop read my phone's iMessages that were sent ...
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How to create an anonymous user account like the app Day-One does?

A new iOS app should be able to connect to a web service to sync data across devices. I like the way the diary app Day One solved this by offering "real" user accounts and automatically generated "...
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Defeat iOS Certificate Pinning by replacing the hardcoded certificate in the executable?

I'm analysing an iOS application and its communications through Charles. I have access to most of SSL communications but not all, due to certificate pinning. I know that there are many different ways ...
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iOS Security Architecture-Encryption Keys

As per iOS Security 12.1 documentation(Page-15), there are individual UID and GID for each processing unit i.e AP(Application Processor) and Secure Enclave. The application processor and Secure ...
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Can a self-root certificate spy on me without a vpn or proxy on iOS?

Can a self-root certificate (implemented via mobile configuration) spy on me without a VPN or proxy on iOS?
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How should I use Facebook while giving as little information as possible?

As a college student, Facebook and Messenger are virtually necessary to have in my life for communicating with clubs, classmates, finding housing, and more. As much as I want to get rid of them, it's ...
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Can mobile service providers use my iPhone's microphone to listen even when I'm not on a call?

So is this technically possible? Basically can the service provider somehow hack into my phone and use the microphone to hear the surrounding of my phone if they somehow have a backdoor/malicious code ...
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Is there always a user notification when smartphones record audio?

Background: With microphones being embedded in all sorts of consumer electronics, there is widespread concern that certain actors (e.g. device manufacturers, ecosystem providers, third-party apps) ...
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Is it safe to just forget OAuth tokens, and not invalidate them in a mobile app?

I have a mobile application that a user signs into using OpenId Connect and OAuth 2.0. Currently when the user logs out, I open up a webpage to the end_session_endpoint (http://docs.identityserver.io/...
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What is a spinner (empty while loop) doing, and why?

I've seen that in the latest iOS jailbreak, they use so called "spinners". What exactly is a spinner doing? And why? Apparently it's "blocking the thread execution", but why does the exploit need ...
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Store Credit Card data in memory for using with native payment SDKs (iOS, Android)

I am implementing a Credit Card processing in mobile apps for iOS (Swift) and Android (Kotlin) using native SDK (SAQ A EP compliance level) We thought about: disabling clipboard for CC field ...
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Is storing information in RAM more secure than on Disk?

I realize neither is foolproof, of course. I would just like to confirm my thought that it's harder for an attacker to get a memory dump than to copy from disk/flash-storage or that malware just tends ...
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How can I detect spyware on a smartphone

I'm pretty sure there is spyware on my friend's phone deployed there by her ex. She asked me to find a proof and detect it. I usually sniff my network card with Wireshark to detect such spyware and ...
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Enterprise Mobile Application Security Options?

Background: Recently we've joined one of the biggest data-driven company. Till now we do not have any mobile developer/architect within company. Now business wants to develop mobile applications for ...
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Fuzzing of Mobile Applications

I have used AFL recently for fuzzing of OpenSSL and it worked great. Now I am interesting in fuzzing mobile applications like I have got some .apk and .ipa files which I need to fuzz. I searched on ...
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Is there a way to refuse Process Hooking on jailbroken iOS devices

I want to find a way to prevent apps from Cycript attaching. So far I know Cycript works as below, but I can not find a way to stop Cycript. One method to stop injection is to add -Wl,-sectcreate,...
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What is technically different from iPhone/iOS to Android phones when it comes to data privacy?

Historically Apple never shows up at CES, and this year they put up the following ad close to the convention center: There is always this argument that Apple has better privacy policies in it's ...
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Is there any way for server side to verify the application integrity during OAuth2 workflow

During OAuth2 PKCE workflow, the native application (installed on Android/iOS device) issues the authorize request to server and exchange the OAuthtokens. For server side, is there any way that we ...
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Can a 3rd-party iOS 12 app use any of the cameras without the user being aware?

Now with iOS devices having Face ID, there are potentially 3 cameras. But there is only 1 access permission for "Camera" in the Privacy settings. Well-Behaved apps use the camera in conjunction with ...
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Read NTFS / EFS encrypted files on iOS with saved certificate

I have data saved on old NTFS-format hard disks which were encrypted on Windows machines, using EFS (the native file encryption system built into Windows). I encrypted selected files/folders, only, ...
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Whether cross cookie sharing between the android apps is potential threat to privacy?

Recently I wanted to buy the particular product from an online website and was just searching that product during my leisure time. after some time suddenly I saw the ad of that product on Instagram ...
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How to Manage Public Key with Asymmetric Cryptography

I'm working on an iOS chat project using Firebase RealTime Database. I want to use asymmetric cryptography for the management of messages between two users .. Browsing the net I found an excellent ...
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Should I back up automatic strong passwords of iCloud?

I’ve recently started to use iCloud’s automatic strong passwords. I feel like that if iCloud were down for some reason, the passwords would be lost. Considering it, should I back them up on other ...
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Photo vault security

I moved pictures from my stock iOS photos app to an old photo vault app. I used my LTE to move the pictures and was wondering if whenever I opened the app on WiFi, if my school could potentially see ...
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How can faulty version of an iOS app (such as WhatsApp) expose the whole device to crashes or take-over

There was a lot of recent, prominent news about a security vulnerability in WhatsApp that affects also iOS versions of the app. The volnerability has been described as carrying the risk of an attacker ...
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What are the security implications of using an iPhone purchased in China

I recently bought an iPhone off Craigslist, but It's come to my attention that the phone was purchased by it's original owner in China (The model no is: A1528). Are there any security implications if ...
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iOS 12 built in password manager vs third party apps like Keepass

On my personal computers I have always used Keepass2, which however was a bit of a pain to set up with my browser. On my iPhone I have now started to use the built-in password manager (iOS 12 -> ...
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Can an iPhone run two operating systems?

I'm looking for something similar to Virtualbox, but in iOS where each system would be isolated. The content in the virtual environment shouldn't be detectable by the host. (Not restricting answers to ...