Firefox web browser 7.5 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed to be secured, powerful and useful browser developed by Mozilla. The latest build was released on May 16, 2017. Our latest check was performed on Oct 7th, 2016.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 25 items, where were 13 DAR items and 12 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 2 bad items, 4 good items, and 7 best items. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 10 bad items, 2 good items, and 0 best items.

Below you find 3 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:

Experience a fast, smart and personal Web. Firefox is the independent, people-first browser made by Mozilla, voted one of the Most Trusted Internet Companies for Privacy. Upgrade today and join hundreds of millions who depend on Firefox for a more personal browsing experience.
FAST. SMART. YOURS. Firefox is made with you in mind and gives you the power to take back control of your Web experience. That’s why we design the product with smart features that take the guesswork out of browsing.
SEARCH INTELLIGENTLY & GET THERE FASTER

  • Firefox anticipates your needs and intuitively provides multiple suggested and previously searched results across your favorite search engines – every time.
  • Add any search provider
  • Easily access shortcuts to search providers

BROWSE PRIVATELY

  • Your personal information belongs to you. In Private Browsing mode, Firefox won’t remember any of your history or cookies, but new bookmarks will be saved.
  • Delete your browsing history, passwords and more in a single tap.
  • Choose the private data you want to remove.

 

– **iOS 9 required for Private Browsing mode**
SYNC FIREFOX ACROSS YOUR DEVICES

  • With a Firefox Account, access your history, bookmarks and open tabs from your desktop on your smartphone and tablet.
  • Firefox can also remember your passwords across devices so you don’t have to.

INTUITIVE VISUAL TABS

  • Intuitive visual and numbered tabs easily let you find content for future reference.
  • Open as many tabs as you like without losing track of your open Web pages.

EASY ACCESS TO YOUR TOP SITES

  • Spend your time reading your favorites sites instead of looking for them.

Learn more about Firefox for iOS:

  • Have questions or need help? Visit support.mozilla.org/mobile
  • Read about Firefox permissions: mzl.la/Permissions
  • Learn more about what’s up at Mozilla: blog.mozilla.org
  • Like Firefox on Facebook: mzl.la/FXFacebook
  • Follow Firefox on Twitter: mzl.la/FXTwitter

ABOUT MOZILLA
Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe open and free is better than closed and controlled. We build products like Firefox to promote choice and transparency and give people more control over their lives online. Learn more at mozilla.org
Privacy Policy: http://www.mozilla.org/legal/privacy/firefox.html

 

Protection levels.

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

Locally stored data groups include Application Information, Credentials Information, Bookmark Information, Browser Information, Device Information, Media Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information.
The average DAR value is 6.31 points (7.00 points of system protection and 5.62 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 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.

– 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,

– Device Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 7.00 points (7 points of system protection, 7 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 – data stored in system protected place like keychain (no additional protection still).

– 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 (Tokens) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually give 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.,

– Bookmark Data (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Some info about bookmarks like date and time and body. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Bookmark Details (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Details of bookmarks like date and time, time zone, place, participant’s info, body, linked data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Bookmark 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 information about bookmarks,

– History (‘Browser Information’ Group) – History items mainly described and defined by related group to certain item. 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

Items’ GROUP #3 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,

– Application Events (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – App events referred to user actions ‘n’ activities were done. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Local ‘n’ Network Paths (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Paths about local or networks directories, folders, files. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Log Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Logged any data as a solid file or multipart files. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements

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 Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Device Information, Application Information, Browser Information, Credentials Information, Bookmark Information, Personal ‘n’ Private Information.
The average DIT value is 4.83 points (5.00 points of system protection and 4.67 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 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.

– Device Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Credentials (Access IDs) (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually don’t give full access to your account because based on permissions linked to these access tokens). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Device Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device,

– 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,

– 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.,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Bookmark 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 information about bookmarks,

– Personalization (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Info describes user preferences, favorites, tracked data, search requests, suggestions, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Browser Content (‘Browser Information’ Group) – The content of pages opened in a browser with or without text, multimedia and so on, including credentials and passwords. 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,

– Bookmark Data (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Some info about bookmarks like date and time and body. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Bookmark Details (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Details of bookmarks like date and time, time zone, place, participant’s info, body, linked data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 6.50 points (5 points of system protection, 8 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 – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – own vpn or own crypto but compliance.

– History (‘Browser Information’ Group) – History items mainly described and defined by related group to certain item. 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) (‘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.

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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