Mobile Security

Read about the latest news and trends in the Mobile AppSec arena,
where we follow the direction of mobile cybercrime,
where the state of mobile security is today,
and where we're headed tomorrow.

Mobile Security In Limbo With Coding Vulnerabilities Galore

It’s no secret is that the smartphone is the modern man’s best friend. Over 7 billion mobile devices are being used today all around the world and they are multiplying 5 times faster than human beings. With the astronomical amounts of private information being transferred worldwide, the need for strong mobile security has become paramount. Unfortunately,

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Android Application Security Sucks! Here’s what to do about it

Brought to you by Appsec Labs and Checkmarx.  Android Platform Security Essentials Android…. It is no longer just a mobile phone. Nowadays Android applications are running anywhere and everywhere. Home Appliances, watches, TVs, car applications and with the Internet of Things kicking in quickly, Android applications will probably become even more prevalent in our lives.

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Samsung’s ‘Find My Mobile’ CSRF Flaw: A Wake Up Call for Mobile Developers

Samsung is currently topping sales charts worldwide with a wide range of Android powered phones catering to virtually all market segments. This mass distribution of mobile devices has magnified the importance of creating secure mobile applications. Unfortunately, a CSRF loophole has been found in one of the the South Korean phone manufacturer’s proprietary applications.

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Major Android Browser Flaw Allowing Hackers to Bypass SOP Mechanism

The Android platform has taken the world by storm in recent years. It was announced at Google’s recent 2014 I/O developer conference that over 538 million Android devices are currently in use worldwide. Android has now leapfrogged Apple’s iOS in the US, where it currently has almost 52% of the smartphone market share.

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Swift Vulnerabilities: What the New Language Did Not Fix

Swift is a new language developed by Apple for iOS and OS X development. Introduced at Apple’s developer conference WWDC 2014, the language is designed to eventually replace Objective-C and provide several important benefits, one of which is greater resilience against erroneous code. This research, published originally on Dr.Dobb’s, covers how Swift compares with Objective-C

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Mobile Sunday: Viber Encryption Troubles Putting Millions at Risk

The Viber instant messaging app has become a household name, with over 200 million downloads worldwide. This cross-platform software is also compatible with desktops and provides unique functionality. But researchers at the University of New Haven have now exposed the lack of data encryption in the popular mobile app, a serious security problem. This is

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Mobile Sunday: GoogolPlex Hack Takes Siri To Risky Levels

Imagine unlocking your car by simply talking to your iPhone. Or would you rather chat with your washing machine or dish-washer while at work? All these actions can soon become possible thanks to an innovative Siri hack called GoogolPlex, which was developed and implemented by a group of American youngsters. GoogolPlex was recently demonstrated by

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Mind Your Fingers. Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Exploited

Fingerprint scanners are becoming the rage in the smartphone industry. Apple introduced its proprietary sensor in its flagship 5s device last year and Samsung has done it recently with its new Galaxy S5 model. But its not all good news. The Korean manufacturer’s latest security solution can be rendered useless with a simple home-made PCB

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Mobile Friday: Google Waze Hacked By Technion Students

Waze has come a long way since its launch back in 2008. Winner of the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, the Israeli based startup was sold to Google last year for a whopping $1.3 Billion. Unfortunately, two students from the Technion have revealed a huge security issue in the

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Mobile Friday: Ten Commandments of Android Safety

The Android mobile platform has come a long way since its introduction in 2008. Almost 80% of smartphones activated last year (2013) were powered by the “green robot”. But the customizable interface and other open source advantages come at a price. Android is ridden with vulnerabilities. Android’s biggest convenience is also its biggest security issue.

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