Richard Taylor

Scanshake: Meeting the Need for Decentralised Contact Tracing

Thu 25 June 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Business, Threats, Healthcare

As we discussed in our previous blog, there is a strong argument to be made that Bluetooth Contact tracing is too Blue Sky. The technology has been overhyped, over promised and, in the UK at least , the delivery so bungled that public confidence has been completely undermined. In the meantime we are stepping back to manual contact tracing efforts, with privacy characteristics that don’t come anywhere close to the lofty aspirations of decentralised contact tracing apps.

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Is Bluetooth Contact Tracing Too Blue-Sky?

Wed 24 June 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Threats, Mobile App Development, API Security, Healthcare

Contact tracing has been in the news a lot in recent months. No wonder. It’s widely seen as playing a key role in opening our societies up again after lockdown, and an important part of the strategy for countries that have already done well in suppressing transmissions. As technologists we, and many like us, immediately jumped onto the possibilities of Bluetooth. A ready made technology available on just about every smartphone designed for ubiquitous short range radio communication. Perfect. We just need to throw an app together and we can map all the contacts people are having day to day, so if anyone gets sick we can automatically alert anyone else that might have been exposed. Cool. Should be ready in a couple of weeks, right?

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Approov iOS Native QuickStarts

Sun 17 May 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Integration, iOS, Mobile App Authentication, Mobile App Development, Certificate Pinning, API Security

Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash

Our aim is to make the process of integrating Approov into your mobile app as simple as possible. Our Quickstart guides show you how to add Approov into your app, tailored to whatever framework or programming style you’ve already adopted. In this blog we are going to cover the options we have for iOS Native app development.

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Preventing Faked Proximity

Fri 15 May 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Threats, MitM Attack, API Abuse, API Security, Healthcare

We’ve been thinking a lot about contact tracing apps in recent weeks. There are ongoing debates about whether a centralised or decentralised model is superior, and how the ensuing discussions around privacy will impact their takeup. 

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Quick Analysis: NHSX Contact Tracing App

Mon 11 May 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Reverse Engineering, Threats, API, Mobile App Development, MitM Attack, Certificate Pinning, API Abuse, API Security

When the NHSX contact tracing app was made available in the app stores last Thursday we decided to take a quick look at its operation and how the code has been put together. We used the Android version and the excellent MobSF tools to do our reversing analysis. On Friday the full source code of the app was also published on github

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UK Contact Tracing App Privacy Risks

Tue 05 May 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Threats, Mobile App Development, API Security, Healthcare

More details of the UK's controversial NHSX contact tracing app are being released as the app starts a wider scale trial on the Isle of Wight this week. NHSX is a digital transformation group associated with the UK National Health Service.

Why controversial? There are many reasons, some to do with how the app development was initially procured, but also specifically from a technical perspective as the UK has opted for a centralised contact tracing approach rather than the decentralised model being championed by Apple and Google amongst others (including ourselves).

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Approov Enhanced App Bundle Support

Fri 01 May 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Integration, Android, Mobile App Authentication, Mobile App Development, API Security

Photo by Digital Buggu from Pexels

Google announced Android App Bundles a couple of years ago at I/O 2018. App Bundles are a new app publishing format providing new features that have rapidly driven their adoption. In particular App Bundle delivery enables automatic splitting of various assets within the overall app package, so they are only delivered to a device if they are actually needed.

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Approov React Native Quickstart

Thu 30 April 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Integration, ReactNative, Mobile App Authentication, Mobile App Development, API Security

Photo by Ferenc Almasi on Unsplash

React Native is a very popular framework for building cross platform apps. Apps are developed in Javascript, but with full support for inclusion of native iOS or Android libraries where that is necessary. You shouldn’t need to compromise on security though just because you are using a higher level framework rather than developing native apps. Our React Native Quickstart allows you to easily get up and running with Approov, whether you are building a new app or adapting an existing one to have an improved security posture.

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Approov Backend Quickstarts

Wed 29 April 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Integration, Mobile App Authentication, API, MitM Attack, Certificate Pinning, API Security

Photo by Ankush Rathi from Pexels

Approov lets your mobile app prove to a backend API that it really is the official mobile app making the call, and that it is not running in an environment that may be compromised. Only requests from the apps that you specifically allow can make successful requests.

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Approov Android Native Integration QuickStarts

Tue 28 April 2020 By Richard Taylor

Category: Integration, Android, Mobile App Authentication, Mobile App Development, Certificate Pinning, API Security

Photo by Pathum Danthanarayana on Unsplash

Our aim is to make the process of integrating Approov into your mobile app as simple as possible. Our Quickstart guides show you how to Approov into your app, tailored to whatever framework or programming style you’ve already adopted. In this blog we are going to cover the comprehensive options we have for Android Native app development.

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