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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By : Soufiane Tahiri
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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By: Soufiane Tahiri

Overview of this book

Mobile forensics presents a real challenge to the forensic community due to the fast and unstoppable changes in technology. This book aims to provide the forensic community an in-depth insight into mobile forensic techniques when it comes to deal with recent smartphones operating systems Starting with a brief overview of forensic strategies and investigation procedures, you will understand the concepts of file carving, GPS analysis, and string analyzing. You will also see the difference between encryption, encoding, and hashing methods and get to grips with the fundamentals of reverse code engineering. Next, the book will walk you through the iOS, Android and Windows Phone architectures and filesystem, followed by showing you various forensic approaches and data gathering techniques. You will also explore advanced forensic techniques and find out how to deal with third-applications using case studies. The book will help you master data acquisition on Windows Phone 8. By the end of this book, you will be acquainted with best practices and the different models used in mobile forensics.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Mastering Mobile Forensics
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Preparing a Mobile Forensic Workstation

iOS platform and hardware security

This chapter cannot hold all the hardware and software security aspects of iDevices, thus we will see a general overview of how security is implemented on those devices.

All of Apple's iDevices have a combined built-in hardware/software advanced security and according to Apple's official iOS Security Guide can be categorized as follows:

  • System security: Integrated software and hardware platform

  • Encryption and data protection: Mechanisms implemented to protect data from unauthorized use

  • Application security: Application sandboxing

  • Network security: Secure data transmission

  • Apple Pay: Implementation of secure payments

  • Internet services: Apple's network of messaging, synchronizing and backing up.

  • Device controls: Remotely wiping a device if lost or stolen

  • Privacy control: Controlled access to geolocation and user data

The overview of the iOS security architecture is as follows:

The hardware implementation in Apple's devices offer a dedicated AES-256 engine built...