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Thursday, October 23 2014

Mobile Security News Update October 2014

Time files, I've been super busy the last two month and will be busy until mid/end of November. I just relaized that I haven't posted anything in September at all.

Conferences
    Hack.Lu October 21-24: Stripping the controversial FinFisher application for Android phones by Attila Marosi; SherlockDroid, an Inspector for Android Marketplaces by Axelle Apvrille, Ludovic Apvrille

    PacSec Tokyo, Nov 12-13: An Infestation of Dragons: Exploring Vulnerabilities in the ARM TrustZone Architecture by Josh "m0nk" Thomas, Charles Holmes, Nathan Keltner; Hey, we catch you - dynamic analysis of Android applications by Wenjun Hu; Root via SMS: 4G access level security assessment by Sergey Gordeychik, Alexander Zaytsev; Blowing up the Celly - Building Your Own SMS/MMS Fuzzer by Brian Gorenc and Matt Molinyawe.

    DeepSec Vienna, Nov 18-21: Mobile SSL Failures by Tony Trummer & Tushar Dalvi; TextSecure and RedPhone-bring them to iOS by Christine Corbett; Creating a kewl and simple Cheating Platform on Android by Milan Gabor & Danijel Grah


There is again a new talk on SMS and MMS fuzzing. I really wonder what is going to be different from all the previous work?

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Tuesday, October 07 2014

New Webserver

I just moved all my domains to a new box. Hope everything is working ;-)

Saturday, August 30 2014

Mobile Security News Update August 2014

The Vegas week was as great as it can be as anybody knows who has this ongoing love hate relationship with the yearly pilgrimage.

The Blackphone kinda got rooted, ars on Blackphone root I had to laugh so hard when I saw Jon running around in his new t-shirt.

The SecurityCookies project was a lot of fun. I think people really liked it, likely Guillaume and I had the most fun. We will likely do this again at some point.

The iPhone is finally getting NFC iPhone 6 will reportedly feature NFC and Apple's own mobile payments platform. This should be a lot of fun cause everybody will scramble to actually build and deploy NFC now. I'm not really worried about NFC-payment insecurity but about all the other fun stuff that will be possible. Maybe I have to buy an iPhone 6 and continue my NFC work.

If I actually do get an iPhone I should also get the FLIR ONE an thermal camera case for iPhones. There are various articles about what you could do with this and I think this could be super interesting to play with.

My friend Ravi released darshak an Android app that notifies you if your phone receives silent SMS that are used for tracking your phone. It further displays current network security settings. This can be an indicator about your phone being connected to an IMSI-catcher. So far you need to have a Samsung Galaxy S3 to use this tool, but the S3 is fairly popular. I would like to see vendors providing information about phone network security parameters to the user.

Conferences
    44con September 10-11 London, UK: GreedyBTS: Hacking Adventures in GSM by Hacker Fantastic; Researching Android Device Security with the Help of a Droid Army by Joshua J. Drake (jduck); Manna from Heaven; Improving the state of wireless rogue AP attacks by Dominic White; On Her Majesty's Secret Service: GRX and a Spy Agencyby Stephen Kho; Darshak: how to turn your phone into a low cost IMSI catcher device by Ravishankar Borgaonkar & Swapnil Udar

    SEC-T September 18-19 Stockholm, Sweden: Attacking Mobile Broadband Modems Like A Criminal by Andreas Lind

    T2 October 23-24, Helsinki, Finland: Style over Substance - how OEMs are breaking Android security by Robert Miller; Reversing iOS Apps - a Practical Approach by Patrick Wardle; Darshak: how to turn your phone into a low cost IMSI catcher device by Ravishankar Borgaonkar and Swapnil Udar

    BruCON September 25-26 in Ghent, Belgium: Stealing a Mobile Identity Using Wormholes by Markus Vervier.
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August so far was my busiest month of the year, so I guess I missed a lot of what was going on.

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Mobile Security News Update July 2014

Not much to say about conferences in this post since in early August everybody will be in Las Vegas. I'll post an update after the show is over.

The one thing I over read was the round tables that are going down at Black Hat. Specifically: EMBEDDED DEVICES ROUNDTABLE: EMBEDDING THE MODERN WORLD, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? hosted by Don Bailey & Zach Lanier, MOBILE SECURITY ROUNDTABLE: WHAT DOES MOBILE SECURITY LOOK LIKE TODAY? WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE TOMORROW? hosted by Vincenzo Iozzo & Peiter Zatko and RESPONSIBLE DISCLOSURE ROUNDTABLE: YOU MAD BRO? hosted by Trey Ford look interesting.

There was a lot of fuzz about iOS backdoors. I didn't have time to go into all details but the basic facts seem to be that iOS has capabilities to exfiltrate data to paired computers. The danger seems to lie in that fact that you can steal/copy the paring from a computer. The initial slide deck from Jonathan Zdziarski are available here. There was a huge follow up discussion on twitter. Roundup from the Jonathan: 1 counter side from Violet Blue: 2 also see Dino Dai Zovi's post: 3

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Tuesday, June 24 2014

Mobile Security News Update June 2014

Conferences
    SyScan 360 Play With an Unpublished Kernel Vulnerability for iOS 7.0.x by windknown and dm557; Be cautious, there is an attack window in your android app by pLL; Click and Dagger: Denial and Deception on Android Smartphones by The Grugq; Advanced Bootkit Techniques on Android by Chen Zhangqi and Shen Di; Mobile Browsers Security: iOS by Lukasz Pilor and Pawel Wylecial

    Defcon Detecting Bluetooth Surveillance Systems by Grant Bugher; Android Hacker Protection Level 0 by Tim Strazzere and Jon Sawyer; Shellcodes for ARM: Your Pills Don't Work on Me, x86 by Svetlana Gaivoronski and Ivan Petrov; Blowing up the Celly - Building Your Own SMS/MMS Fuzzer by Brian Gorenc and Matt Molinyawe; Burner Phone DDOS 2 dollars a day : 70 Calls a Minute by Weston Hecker; NSA Playset : GSM Sniffing by Pierce and Loki


So people are still building SMS and MMS fuzzers in 2014. I'm really interested to see what new techniques the ZDI guys came up with.

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Thursday, May 29 2014

Mobile Security News Update May 2014

Conferences
    Recon A Bedtime Tale for Sleepless Nights: Josh "m0nk" Thomas and Nathan Keltner; The Making of the Kosher Phone: Assaf Nativ

    ShakaconResearching Android Device Security with the Help of a Droid Army: Joshua Drake - Accuvant; Practical OpSec for Android Devices: The Grugq

    ToorCamp Collin Mulliner: Hacking Android Apps with Dynamic Instrumentation

    Black Hat ABUSING PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION WEAKNESSES TO BYPASS ASLR: Byoungyoung Lee & Yeongjin Jang & Tielei Wang; ANDROID FAKEID VULNERABILITY WALKTHROUGH: Jeff Forristal; ATTACKING MOBILE BROADBAND MODEMS LIKE A CRIMINAL WOULD: Andreas Lindh; CELLULAR EXPLOITATION ON A GLOBAL SCALE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CONTROL PROTOCOL: Mathew Solnik & Marc Blanchou; IT JUST (NET)WORKS: THE TRUTH ABOUT IOS 7'S MULTIPEER CONNECTIVITY FRAMEWORK: Alban Diquet; MOBILE DEVICE MISMANAGEMENT: Stephen Breen; REFLECTIONS ON TRUSTING TRUSTZONE: Dan Rosenberg; RESEARCHING ANDROID DEVICE SECURITY WITH THE HELP OF A DROID ARMY: Joshua Drake; SIDEWINDER TARGETED ATTACK AGAINST ANDROID IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF AD LIBS: Tao Wei & Yulong Zhang; STATIC DETECTION AND AUTOMATIC EXPLOITATION OF INTENT MESSAGE VULNERABILITIES IN ANDROID APPLICATIONS: Daniele Gallingani; UNDERSTANDING IMSI PRIVACY: Ravishankar Borgaonkar & Swapnil Udar; UNWRAPPING THE TRUTH: ANALYSIS OF MOBILE APPLICATION WRAPPING SOLUTIONS: Ron Gutierrez & Stephen Komal

    Defcon NSA Playset - GSM Sniffing: Pierce and Loki; more upcoming but they are not listed yet.


I'm really happy to see two talks accepted at Black Hat that investigate Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems and app wrapping security solutions. This should be quite interesting since this is more or less the state of the art when it comes to third-party mobile security applications.

Links

I've been super busy in the last weeks mostly work and travel and more traveling coming up in a few days. Summer will be pretty awesome again. My talk on GUI security was accepted at Black Hat so did the talks of many of my friends. This should be a pretty epic year. Also I'm finally making it out to ToorCamp. More updates after I return from ASIA CCS.

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Mobile Security News Update April 2014

Conferences
    Infiltrate has Joshua J. Drake: Researching Android Device Security with the Help of a Droid Army

    IEEE Security and Privacy (academic) has a number of papers: Upgrading Your Android, Elevating My Malware: Privilege Escalation Through Mobile OS Updating; The Peril of Fragmentation: Security Hazards in Android Device Driver Customizations; From Zygote to Morula: Fortifying Weakened ASLR on Android

    ReCon has The Making of the Kosher Phone by Assaf Nativ (CFP not complete yet)

    Hack in the Box Amsterdam has Shellcodes for ARM: Your Pills Don't Work on Me, x86; Exploring and Exploiting iOS Web Browsers; State of the ART: Exploring the New Android KitKat Runtime; On Her Majesty's Secret Service: GRX and a Spy Agency (HITB folks fix your website, finding talks and speakers is sooo hard I almost do not bother to do it - worst conference website I know!!)

    ASIA CCS (academic) has a number of papers: Timothy Vidas, Nicolas Christin: Evading Android Runtime Analysis via Sandbox Detection; Collin Mulliner, William Robertson, Engin Kirda: VirtualSwindle: An Automated Attack Against In-App Billing on Android; Min Zheng, Mingshen Sun, John C.S. Lui: DroidRay: A Security Evaluation System for Customized Android Firmwares; Wenbo Yang, Juanru Li, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yong Li, Junliang Shu, Dawu Gu: APKLancet: Tumor Payload Diagnosis and Purification for Android Applications



Heartbleed and Mobile
    Heartbleed and Android [1] I couldn't find any detailed discussion of Android itself or Android apps being vulnerable to the heartbleed attack. Sure some apps are linked against vulnerable versions of OpenSSL but I couldn't find any attack description. If you know anything specific please email me!

    Checkout reverseheartbleed.com a heartbleed testing service for clients software (e.g., web browsers).


    SMS bulk operators vulnerable to heartbleed, leak 2FA tokens see heise.de (in German)


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Personal notes
    I'll be speaking at Duo Tech Talks in Ann Abor, MI (this will be a IoT related talk).

    I'm on a panel about Internet of Things security at The Security of Things Forum in Cambridge, MA.

    Mid-End of May I'll spent some time in the Bay Area for IEEE S&P, with plenty of time afterward to hangout.

    I'm also planning to go to ToorCamp, who else is going?