MOBILE PENETRATION TESTING

Our mobile application pen testing services are designed to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities before it’s too late. Mobile applications have changed the way we work and communicate. Our tailored approach checks for flaws or exploits that could lead to your data being compromised. 

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

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

Our thorough security services concentrate on four key areas of the mobile attack surface i.e. Reverse engineering, Data at rest, Data in transit, web services/APIs.

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What are the biggest mobile security threats?

Mobile Application Testing

For a mobile application to support confidentiality, integrity and availability of a system and its data, a mobile application has to ensure cyber hygiene on many fronts. 

  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 Penetration Testing

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Types of Mobile Security Testing

Mobile Application Penetration Testing

Mobile pen test aims 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 mobile application 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 are functioning as intended.

Mobile Device Security Review

Device security test 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.

OWASP Top 10 mobile pentesting vulnerabilities

Any violation of published guidelines or functionality misuse such as excessive permissions usage. It may include platform permissions, TouchID misuse, keychain secrets or other mobile OS features

Data stored insecurely includes examples such as SQL databases, log files, binary data stores, cookies, SD card, cloud synched. This could also relate to unintended data leakage vulnerabilities from the operating system, frameworks, hardware or rooted/jailbroken devices.

Anything related to insecure data transmission between two points. This data transmission could encompass mobile to mobile communications and application to server communications and risks related to technologies in use.

Authentication vulnerabilities are one of the critical attack vectors for a cyber criminal. This phase includes assessing authentication mechanism, transmission channels, nature of input, insecure configurations, weak credentials & bypass attempts.

Insecure use of cryptography is common in mobile applications leveraging encryption. Business impact of such issues could lead to privacy violations, information theft, IP theft or reputational implications.

Whether it is possible to access unauthorised functionality by exploiting Insecure Direct Object Reference (IDOR) vulnerabilities, hidden endpoints.

Insecure coding practices cause security impacts where application code and the device side of mobile application is affected.

Whether an application performs code integrity checks to prevent code tampering and modifying at an attackers’ will. Mobile applications developed for certain business verticals may have severe implications of code modification such as in gaming sector, compared to others.

Due to the inherent nature of the code, most applications can be reverse-engineered using relevant mobile security testing tools. Although this helps an attacker to understand the underlying code, an application must ensure various defences to avoid IP theft or allow exploitations of any vulnerabilities.

Any hidden or undocumented features that can be identified and exploited to gain access to underlying systems hosting vulnerable code. 

OWASP Top 10 Mobile Pen testing

Mobile Application Penetration Testing Methodology

Our pentesting services are designed to ensure thorough review to identify, analyse and exploit security vulnerabilities in applications and devices. Whether it’s pentesting android applications or iOS ones, initial security methodology involves similar fundamentals to understand the functions, modules and try to reverse this logic to assess the security controls. Some test cases are generated during the mobile app security testing dependent upon the functionality of the application. In mobile app pentesting, review of devices is equally important to analyse application settings, configuration files and any residual data. This ensures that security testing for mobile applications ensures a holistic review of device and app. 

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