Device Wipe in ActiveSync Mobile Admin

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Hello:

I've been looking for info on what exactly gets wiped and the wiping

algorithm. So far the best info I found was from the article below. I still

need some clarification on the following:

1.) Does the remote wipe algorithm meet any accepted IT security standards

(DoD, NSA, et al.)?

2.) With Exchange Server 2003 SP2, does the remote wipe on a Windows Mobile

6 device also wipe removable storage card, or is this feature only on

Exchange Server 2007?

"Security Considerations on the Exchange Server"

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc182279.aspx

Local and Remote Device Wipe

When a mobile device is lost or stolen, the potential security risk can be

significant. Mobile devices often contain sensitive business data, including

personally identifiable information of employees and customers, sensitive

e-mail messages, and other items. Exchange ActiveSync helps address this

risk by providing two levels of device wipe capability for Windows Mobile

5.0 powered devices with MSFP or later.

Wiping the device locally or remotely has the effect of performing a factory

or "hard" reset; all programs, data, and user-specific settings are removed

from the device. The Windows Mobile device wipe implementation wipes all

data, settings, and private key material on the device by overwriting the

device memory with a fixed bit pattern, greatly increasing the difficulty of

recovering data from a wiped device.

Note:

Device wipe in Windows Mobile 6 includes wiping the removable storage card.

Thank you.

Regards,

M

MCTS, MCSA
 
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Rich Matheisen [MVP]

On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:59:57 -0500, "M" <m@n.com> wrote:


> I've been looking for info on what exactly gets wiped and the wiping
> algorithm.


That really depends on the device and the firmware/software it's

running. You'd probably get a better answer to the question in a forum

the focuses on the devices themselves.

-
Rich Matheisen

 
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I'm surprise that I couldn't find more info about this. It seems like a

security hole if the wiping algorithm isn't that good and the wiped data

could be easily recovered.

Regards,

M

MCTS, MCSA

"Rich Matheisen [MVP]" <richnews@rmcons.com.NOSPAM.COM> wrote in message

news:mmafm5ljtnpvg2gha9o3gck30u44gqlftr@4ax.com...
> On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:59:57 -0500, "M" <m@n.com> wrote:
>
> >I've been looking for info on what exactly gets wiped and the wiping
> >algorithm.


> That really depends on the device and the firmware/software it's
> running. You'd probably get a better answer to the question in a forum
> the focuses on the devices themselves.
> -> Rich Matheisen
>
 
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