Opera Mini web browser 14.0.0 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed as fastest mobile browser with built-in ad-blocker and turbo page booster. The latest build was released on Jun 16, 2016. Our latest check was performed on Oct 7th, 2016. 

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 31 items, where were 17 DAR items and 14 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 11 bad items, 5 good items, and 1 best item. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 13 bad items, 1 good item, 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:

Opera Mini, one of the fastest web browsers made for your iPhone and iPad, now has a built-in ad blocker. It also saves data, syncs your bookmarks and Speed Dials across devices, and gives you fast, easy access to your favorites.
Your Apple device is awesome. It keeps you connected to the people and content you love, wherever you go. But, you know what’s not awesome? Big, fat data bills. Also, ads. Bills and ads. Boo. What can you do? Install Opera Mini.

  • Opera Mini blocks ads and crunches down the size of the websites you visit. It compresses images, video and text, making sites lighter and faster. More cat videos and life hacks for you, less data on your monthly bill.
  • Faster browsing – Choose from search results that appear as you type; quickly access previously visited pages.
  • Block ads – Save your screen space for the content you want to see and speed up browsing.
  • Data savings – Reduce mobile data usage by up to 90%.
  • Unlimited tabs – Open and view as many tabs as you’d like.
  • Privacy – Use private tabs to browse incognito without leaving a trace on your device.
  • Smart night mode – Bye-bye, sore eyes. Night mode lets you read more comfortably in the dark.
  • Video boost – Turn it on to save tons of data on video. Pro tip: Video boost also reduces buffering.
  • Home screen search – Use your device’s Spotlight Search to access your Speed Dial entries. Just drag down on your home screen and start typing.
    More than 250 million people depend on Opera Mini to help them browse more content, faster, even on congested and sluggish networks.

Install it. Try it. Love it.

 

Protection levels.

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

Locally stored data groups include Browser Information, Device Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Bookmark Information, Media Information, Credentials Information, Account Information.
The average DAR value is 4.59 points (7.00 points of system protection and 2.18 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.

– 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,

– 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,

– 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,

– 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,

– 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,

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

– 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 (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 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

Items’ GROUP #2 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,

– News (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Any news non-important data types like NY magazine’s news. 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,

– Environment (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Locale ‘n’ TimeZone (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Details about your locale, languages, time zone, country and so on. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– 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

Items’ GROUP #3 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 (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.

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 Personal ‘n’ Private Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Browser Information, Bookmark Information, Credentials Information.
The average DIT value is 4.64 points (5.00 points of system protection and 4.29 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.

– 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,

– URLs (‘Personal ‘n’ Private 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 personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Media URLs (‘Personal ‘n’ Private 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 personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Address Data (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. 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,

– 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,

– Environment (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– 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,

– 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,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Personal ‘n’ Private 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 personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– 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 (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.,

– Device Data (‘Bookmark 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 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 #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.

– 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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