Google Chrome – The Fast and Secure Web Browser 59.0.3071.102 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed to bring most of desktop features to the mobile devices and cast option. The latest build was released on Jun 15, 2017. Our latest check was performed on Mar 26th, 2017.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 46 items, where were 24 DAR items and 22 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 9 bad items, 10 good items, and 5 best items. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 22 bad items, 0 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:

Browse fast on your iPhone and iPad with the Google Chrome browser you love on desktop. Pick up where you left off on your other devices, search by voice, and easily read webpages in any language.

  • SYNC ACROSS DEVICES – seamleSSLy access and open tabs and bookmarks from your laptop, phone or tablet
  • FASTER BROWSING – choose from search results that instantly appear as you type and quickly access previously visited pages
  • VOICE SEARCH – use the magic of Google voice search to find answers on-the-go without typing
  • TRANSLATE – easily read webpages in any language
  • UNLIMITED TABS – open as many tabs as your heart desires and quickly flip through them like a deck of cards
  • PRIVACY – use Incognito mode to browse without saving your history (learn more at http://goo.gl/WUx02)

 

Protection levels.

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

Locally stored data groups include Device Information, Credentials Information, Application Information, Account Information, Browser Information, Bookmark Information, Personal ‘n’ Private Information, Media Information.
The average DAR value is 5.48 points (7.00 points of system protection and 3.96 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.

– 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,

– 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.,

– Application Certificates ‘n’ Profile (‘Application Information’ Group) – Configuration files are known as certificates and profile for devices and apps including VPNs. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– Account Sync Data (‘Account Information’ Group) – Information about your synchronized data items including these items’ values. 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,

– 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 (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,

– 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,

– Personalized Autofill Data (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Typed data grabbed by application as part of autofill data but non-sensitive like word, phrases, names, addresses and so on. 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,

– Personalized Autofill Sensitive Data (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Typed data grabbed by application as part of autofill data but sensitive like passwords, credentials, masked or non-masked credit cards and so on. 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 #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).

– 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,

– Account Settings ‘n’ Configs (‘Account Information’ Group) – Information about your account settings and configurations. 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,

– 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 #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,

– 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,

– 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,

– Media Data (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Any info like images, audios, videos, media notes, etc. 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,

– Application Certificates ‘n’ Profile (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Configuration files are known as certificates and profile for devices and apps including VPNs. 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,

– Media URLs (‘Account Information’ Group) – URLs related to media info such as stream media or profile’s media, etc. 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,

– URLs (‘Account Information’ Group) – Different types of URLs referred to your files stored in clouds, profiles, social accounts, media files available online, etc. 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,

– Media Data (‘Account Information’ Group) – Any info like images, audios, videos, media notes, etc. 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 (‘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,

– Screen Snapshots (‘Browser 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 info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app

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 Credentials Information, Social Information, Bookmark Information, Browser Information, Storage Information, Personal ‘n’ Private Information.
The average DIT value is 4.50 points (5.00 points of system protection and 4.00 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 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.

– 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.,

– Account Data (‘Social 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 info grabbed from 3rd party social networks,

– Media URLs (‘Social Information’ Group) – URLs related to media info such as stream media or profile’s media, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be info grabbed from 3rd party social networks,

– 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,

– Account Details (‘Browser 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 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,

– Credentials (App Passwords) (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Apps based passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to some features of services per your account for some apps while two-factor authentication turned on (usually can’t use 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,

– Device Data (‘Browser 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 browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Account Media (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Full or reduced image of 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,

– Media URLs (‘Browser Information’ Group) – URLs related to media info such as stream media or profile’s media, etc. 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,

– Card Short Information (‘Browser 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 info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Payment Address (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Home or work address of owner related to his payment. 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,

– 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,

– Sync Documents (‘Storage Information’ Group) – Documents synchronized or locally stored on your device as is or converted into another file formats (like.pdf or set of separated jpg file per each .pdf file. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information referred to storage like credentials, settings, documents and so on,

– 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

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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