[Editor's Note: With last week's release of iOS 8, we enter a new era of security fixes and issues for Apple's flagship mobile operating system. But, even this latest version faces an issue that comes up regularly with iOS and other mobile operating systems: Lock Screen Bypass. In fact, there are dozens of different ways to bypass the Lock Screen on a device, each applicable to different versions and subversions of iOS. Thankfully, Raul Siles has inventoried a whole bunch of them in this article, providing a useful reference for penetration testers who need to show the risks associated with a given iOS feature or version number. Raul also offers tips for hardening iPhones and iPads against these kinds of attacks. Nifty stuff! --Ed.]
By Raul Siles
The iOS mobile platform has been subject to numerous lock screen bypass vulnerabilities across multiple versions. Although Apple strives to fix these vulnerabilities in various updates to iOS (
Here's some fun news. SANS just released a new kind of challenge — one that unfolds from the pages of a SANS brochure itself. Created by Jeff McJunkin and a group of challenge-writing collaborators, we launched it this week with the mailing of the SANS Network Security brochure for the upcoming conference in Las Vegas in October 2014. This challenge will take you across many domains of knowledge, including (but not limited to!): infosec fundamentals, pen testing, digital forensics, steganography, social media, mobile devices, and much, much more, all wrapped up in some geeky fun!
You'll enjoy all these areas and more from the comfort of your brochure (paper or pdf) and local computer, along with everyone's favorite global network, the Internet itself. You'll be able to advance all the way through this challenge from anywhere in the world. If
By Chris Crowley
I recently acquired a WiFi Pineapple Mark V to replace my Mark IV, and I've got a config script to help folks simplify the config and use of this amazing product.
For those of you unfamiliar with the WiFi Pineapple, it is a wireless attack platform in a box, excellent for penetration testers. It collects a variety of tools into a pen test specific device, a convenient single portable appliance for all kinds of wonderful Wifi hacks. The ability to impersonate a specific access point (AP) is present, as well as abusing client preferred network lists using Karma. You can do funny things like rick rolling, or nasty delivery of a meterpreterer with every page that the user browses to. There are configurable options to exclude specific devices from testing (a black list), or provide a list of devices that are within scope (a white list, which is a much safer way to ensure you don't end up attacking a bunch of nearby
[Editor's Note: Lee Neely has developed a very useful spreadsheet checklist to help organizations better plan and mitigate security risks associated with mobile devices, including phones and tablets. It's really handy stuff, and I strongly recommend you check it out! --Ed.]
By Lee Neely
To help organizations better understand, manage, and mitigate risks associated with mobile devices and their infrastructures, we've released an updated SANS SCORE Mobile Device Checklist.This checklist is designed to provide a repeatable approach to adding mobile devices to your environment in a secure fashion. The intent is to be device agnostic, to support long-lasting results, and to provide a basis for making consistent decisions around having these devices in your environment, as well as proper protection of the information on and around them. Too often, I've seen instances where mobile devices were
[Editor's note: In this blog post, Raul Siles goes in-depth exploring how to attack a vulnerability in the way Android device lock works. Although a patch was released last week for this flaw, the slow (or nonexistent) update cycle for many users means this attack mechanism will be valid for quite some time to come. The best part of Raul's write-up is his use of both static and dynamic analysis techniques and a variety of tools to tease apart the flaw. Raul ends by showing how you can test that the newly released fixes for Android block exploitation of the flaw. Nice stuff! --Ed.]
By Raul Siles
Shameless plug: I will be teaching the 6-day SANS SEC 575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking course in Abu Dhabi, UAE (Apr 26, 2014 - May 1, 2014) and