MOBILE PENETRATION TESTING

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What is mobile application penetration testing? Why is it important?

A mobile application penetration test, also known as mobile application security test, is performed to identify any security risks in the application or the underlying device that could lead to data loss. This security assessment  is dynamic in nature, meaning it is conducted while the application is functioning. 

Users store a lot of information on mobile devices using applications. Data leakage or security risks to the devices could cause long term issues such as identity fraud. An insecure mobile application could act as a backdoor for your device, allowing sensitive data theft or compromise of the device itself.  

What are the biggest security risks to mobile applications?

Mobile Application Security

 

  1. Weak Server Side Controls are primary target because any communication outside the mobile devices occurs via server. 
  2. Insecure Data Storage as sometimes developers depend upon the client storage for data.
  3. Transport Layer Protection includes encrypted routes through which the data is transferred/received to/from the server. 
  4. A threat actor who can easily reverse the application code to find flaws that can be exploited, or injecting malware is a serious concern. Binary Protection is important to secure the applications installed on phones.
  5. Data Leakage due to application bugs, residual data on the device or lack of secure coding practices.

Most importantly, don’t forget to get your mobile application independently validated against application controls.

Benefits of Mobile Application Security Testing

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Types of Mobile Security Assessments

Mobile Application Penetration Testing

Mobile application security assessment is to identify flaws that would avoid data leakage or theft. We ensure that different phases such as static analysis, network traffic analysis, authentication architectures, tampering, storage mechanisms, APIs are reviewed thoroughly.

Secure Code Review

Secure Code review is the process of manually reviewing the source code that would highlight issues missed during a black box pentest. A code review is a final go-ahead for an application just before the release. This assures that the code is secure and all dependencies and third party modules are functioning as intended.

Mobile Device Security Review

Mobile security testing includes areas such as the management of the device, policies implemented, device configuration, and the applications used on the device.
Based on whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), or company owned device, reviews are performed to identify gaps linked with security risks.

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Mobile Application Penetration Testing Methodology

Step 1
Step 1

Scoping and Customer Insight

When you decide to give us the go-ahead, our very first step is to gain insight into your motivation, so that we can advise on your real concerns. The comprehensive process we go through to understand this determines the vision for the project. At the technical level, this includes assets to be included, their fragility and importance to the environment.

Step 2
Step 2

Planning

Based on the response received from the reconnaissance phase, the target list is prioritised. The priority would be based on “low-hanging” fruit that could aid in gaining a foothold within the network trivially.

Step 4
Step 4

OWASP Mobile Top 10

Our consultants would focus on the top 10 categories of attacks defined by the industry-standard OWASP. This includes:
    1. Improper platform usage
    2. Insecure data storage
    3. Insecure communication
    4. Insecure authentication
    5. Insufficient cryptography
    6. Insecure authorisation
    7. Client code quality
    8. Code Tampering
    9. Reverse Engineering
    10. Extraneous functionality
Step 5
Step 5

Web Server Analysis

Web server hosting of the application is also considered a vital component during this testing. A weakness in supporting infrastructure including the configuration of the webserver could lead to a slight compromise of the application hosted on it. 

Step 6
Step 6

API Analysis

Modern applications (including mobile) rely on API’s for their features / functionalities. Once the API endpoints are identified – during network as well as static analysis – these would be further assessed. Weak API endpoints could lead to trivial functionality bypass or sometimes, potential denial of service scenarios.

Step 7
Step 7

Local file / storage analysis

Following the initial run, the app would create several files / data which would be stored in the app folder on the device. These files would be analysed to understand the storage mechanism. This analysis would reveal if any app sensitive data including session tokens, passwords are stored in clear text on the device itself.

Step 8
Step 8

Thorough Analysis and Reporting

Our reports are comprehensive and include all the evidence that supports our findings. We give you a risk rating that considers how likely an attack is as well as the impact it could have. We don’t create panic scenarios. Our mitigation is detailed, covering both strategic and tactical areas to help our clients prepare a remediation plan.

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