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[liberationtech] Freeze the memory out of a galaxy nexus?

Parker Higgins parker at eff.org
Thu Feb 21 10:37:03 PST 2013


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On 2/21/13 10:32 AM, Brian Conley wrote:
> Any idea why the researchers would posit that iOS devices may be
> less susceptible?

Not sure if this is what they have in mind, but this particular
technique requires a battery pop to get into fastboot mode, which
isn't quite as available on iOS devices as these Android ones.



> On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Steve Weis <steveweis at gmail.com 
> <mailto:steveweis at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 
> This is a good illustration how data in use is exposed to physical 
> attacks on most computing devices.
> 
> An interesting side-note is that Android phones are starting to
> ship with a hardware security module (HSM), which can be used for
> crypto operations and key storage. Duo Security is one company that
> started using the HSM to store credentials: 
> http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/02/19/simple-to-scale-duo-security-uses-android-hardware-for-its-own-hack-resistance/
>
>  I haven't found much about the capabilities of these HSMs. It's
> not a silver bullet since they may still be key material exposed
> in memory, but I think it's a positive development.
> 

- -- 
Parker Higgins
Activist
Electronic Frontier Foundation
https://eff.org
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