British Airways for iPad 1.4 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed to make booking, boarding and accessing everything about flights personalised to customer. The latest build was released on Sep 22, 2016. Our latest check was performed on Oct 7th, 2016.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 31 items, where were 8 DAR items and 23 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 2 bad items, 1 good item, and 5 best items. Among DIT items were found 1 worst item, 5 bad items, 17 good items, and 0 best items.

Below you find 4 infographics summarizing what we described above. Each image provides information about both DAR and DIT items.

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Everything presented below is related to well-known CWEs, such as Sensitive data leakage [CWE-200], Unsafe sensitive data storage [CWE-312], Unsafe sensitive data transmission [CWE-319]. You can read more about it here.

Now let’s go deeper and examine each data item’s protection level.

Application Description

Let’s cite the description of this application below:

To Fly. To Serve.

Explore the world from the comfort of your sofa with the new British Airways app for iPad. Adapted for the bigger screen, you can browse, book and access everything about your flights more easily than ever before.

Destination discovery
Explore the world using our globe to filter destinations by price, temperature and estimated flight duration. Alternatively you can use our lowest price finder to identify which days are the cheapest to fly to your chosen destination.
Book flights
Book flights to over 130 countries; simply enter your route and dates and the app will provide you with prices to your chosen destination.

My flights
Manage all things to do with your booking including choosing a seat, upgrading cabin and of course checking in for your flight. View the real time arrival and departure information for your upcoming flights and preview the weather at your destination.
Planning your journey
Browse the movies, TV shows and music that will be available on your flight, allowing you to effectively plan how you wish to spend your time on board with us.

Flight status and schedules
Search and track all British Airways flights for the latest arrival and departure times.

My account
Sign into your Executive Club account for a personalised experience. Your Tier colour will be reflected by the app and you’ll have access to your Tier Points and Avios balance. You can also view your digital card, as well as your transaction history and book flights using Avios.

Please refer to the ‘Application Licence Agreement’, linked on this page, to view the terms of use of this application and use of mobile boarding passes. By downloading the BA application, you agree to the terms of the Application Licence Agreement.
British Airways Plc Web Site British Airways Support Application Licence Agreement.

Protection levels.

Locally stored data (Data-at-Rest, DAR).

Locally stored data groups include Media Information, Travel Information, Credentials Information, Loyalty Information.
The average DAR value is 6.38 points (7.00 points of system protection and 5.75 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (3.5 points, where’s 7 points of system protection and 0 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 6.50 points (7 points of system protection, 6 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, protection and privacy issues are still possible but might involve interaction with an app code where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – data is not available in backups.

– Screen Snapshots (‘Media Information’ Group) – Screenshots of your device screen running certain apps; common as an iOS app multitasking feature (app swipes) or browser tab swipes. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any data like photo, image, video, audio

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 3.50 points (7 points of system protection, 0 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, extra data found that shouldn’t be accessed where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – stored as is.

– Personalization (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Info describes user preferences, favorites, tracked data, search requests, suggestions, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.

Items’ GROUP #3 with average value 7.50 points (7 points of system protection, 8 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, compliance but there are publicly known techniques to access the data including forensics one where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – compliance encryption algorithms ‘n’ security mechanisms implementations.

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Account Details (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Full info about your account including account membership, expiration, profile, linked data and account, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.

Also, keep in mind, using jailbroken device means the system protection level is 0 points and you’re using out-of-date iOS < 8.3 the system protection level is 2 points. If some data marked as shareable via iTunes, then the system protection level is 4 points.

Transferred data (Data-in-Transit, DIT).

Transferred data groups include Application Information, Credentials Information, Account Information, Loyalty Information, Booking ‘n’ Purchases Information, Travel Information, Payment ‘n’ Transaction Information, Financial Information, Browser Information.
The average DIT value is 5.04 points (4.78 points of system protection and 5.30 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (4 points, where’s 4 points of system protection and 4 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 0.00 points (0 points of system protection, 0 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data ‘as is’ and easily accessed (plaintext, no protection at all) where system protection level means – transferred (or supposed to be) ‘as is’ (plaintext) due to jailbreak/root or preinstalled non-trusted firmware, certificates, etc., and own protection level means – transferred as is, perhaps protection mode turns off or doesn’t exist or info reveal eventually.

– Application Configs (‘Application Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 5.50 points (5 points of system protection, 6 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data is not available all the time or partially accessed where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – SSL pinning (can be patched).

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Account Data (‘Account Information’ Group) – Basic info about account like name, a list of sub-account (e.g. financial or other) and some linked data like a phone number. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– Account Data (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Basic info about account like name, a list of sub-account (e.g. financial or other) and some linked data like a phone number. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Card Short Information (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Some info about card holder, card number full or short) and expiration. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Transaction History (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Some info about transactions were made like ID, date and time, and amount of payment. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Orders & Reservation Details (‘Booking ‘n’ Purchases Information’ Group) – Full info about orders, reservations, like ID, date and time, amount of payment, flight routes, hotel or another order details, rules, linked data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to your booking and purchases like travel, app or another kind of purchases,

– Orders & Reservation History (‘Booking ‘n’ Purchases Information’ Group) – Basic info about orders, reservations, like ID, date and time, amount of payment, and place (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to your booking and purchases like travel, app or another kind of purchases,

– Travel Data (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Some info about accommodation, flight or ground routes. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.,

– Travel Details (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Full info about accommodation (hotel, address, contacts, room, date and time, facilities, media data), flights (routes, location, date and time, media data) or ground (routes, location, date and time, media data). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.,

– Card Verification Code (‘Payment ‘n’ Transaction Information’ Group) – CVC, CVV stored separately from rest card info. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about transactions and payment data involved into transaction records,

– Personalization (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Info describes user preferences, favorites, tracked data, search requests, suggestions, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Travel Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any travel info like flight, accommodation, ground transportation, etc.,

– Stream (‘Loyalty Information’ Group) – Any social or another stream activity including posts, walls, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information related to known reward programs like membership, current rewards, etc.,

– Card Full Information (‘Financial Information’ Group) – All details about card include short info, holder address, bank info and CVC, CVV, CVV2. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info that describe payments capabilities

Items’ GROUP #3 with average value 4.50 points (5 points of system protection, 4 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data available if it’s allowed only and may require user action where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – bypassed by fake/stolen root certificates.

– Orders & Reservation Details (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Full info about orders, reservations, like ID, date and time, amount of payment, flight routes, hotel or another order details, rules, linked data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Travel Details (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Full info about accommodation (hotel, address, contacts, room, date and time, facilities, media data), flights (routes, location, date and time, media data) or ground (routes, location, date and time, media data). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Card Full Information (‘Browser Information’ Group) – All details about card include short info, holder address, bank info and CVC, CVV, CVV2. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app

Keep in mind if you’re using out-of-date iOS < 9.0, the system level equals 2 points instead of 4. It means your data can be stolen without involving your actions.

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