Mobile App Security Testing

Mobile App Security Testing

What is Mobile Application Security Testing?

Mobile Application Security Testing/Assessment involves testing mobile apps through ways in which a malicious attacker would choose to exploit the existing security weaknesses of your app. The assessment can help you identify the production readiness of your mobile application.

Mobile App Security Testing / Assessment helps you identify the production readiness of your mobile application.

Today’s organizations use Mobile Applications extensively for a seamless business experience for their workplace and customers. These applications range from banking applications, healthcare platforms, m-commerce apps and other business applications. Identifying and mitigating the security risks of these mobile apps are paramount for protecting the workforce and customers. Security testing of mobile apps has become a necessity for such organizations.


Key Focus Areas of Mobile App Security Testing

Mobile App on device security

Analyse how the mobile application interacts with the platform in its secure state and jailbreak state.

Local data storage security

Includes controls for protecting locally stored sensitive data, like user credentials, private information, etc.

Data in Motion

Extensive assessment of controls such as encryption while transmitting sensitive data to back-end systems.

Authentication and Authorization

Assessment of authentication and authorization controls. Review of the session and token management.

Web services and API back-end

Assess the security of Web Services and API consumed by the mobile application.

Manual Review

Our Mobile Application Penetration Testing uses manual testing approaches to its full benefit.

Reverse Engineering

We will simulate hacker techniques such as reverse engineering to understand the application process and work in detail.

Binary & File Level Analysis

Review the application binary and perform file-level analysis to identify vulnerabilities.

Mobile App Source code review

Conduct automated and manual code reviews as a part of the Mobile Penetration Testing process to spot security weaknesses in the code.

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Methodology For Mobile App Security Testing

Gather Mobile App Information

Our team gathers information about the application, use cases, business logic and other relevant information about the mobile application.

Threat Modelling

Create a threat profile of the application by listing all possible risks and associated threats. It enables testers to perform tailor-made test plans to simulate the attacks that may result in assessing real risks instead of the generic vulnerabilities.

Application Mapping

Identify the application details and map them to various aspects of the threat profile created. Some variables include (a) Key chains, brute-force attacks, parameter tampering (b) Malicious input, fuzzing (c) SQLite database password fields, configuration file encryption (d) Session IDs, time lockouts (e) Error and exception handling (f) Logs, access control to logs.

Client Side Attack Simulation

Key focus areas of client-side attack simulation are (a) Interaction with the platform (b) Local storage (c) use of encryption (d) binary & final analysis (e) insecure API calls and (f) files with adequate access controls.

Network Layer Attack Simulation

Network Layer Attack Simulation is an integral part of Mobile Security Services. It includes communication channel attacks, capturing network traffic and assessing transport layer protection.

Back-end / Server side attack simulation

Back-ends such as web services and API provides the application with its intended functionality. Our Mobile Security Testing team simulates attacks on web services & APIs consumed by the mobile application.

Reporting & Re-tests

We will provide reports that detail the risks identified in the mobile application. The Mobile Application Security Testing Report includes recommendations for remediation and risk rating.
Re-tests get performed to validate the closure of vulnerabilities.

Mobile Penetration Testing Benefits

Reduce Mobile Application breaches

Mobile applications are becoming a favourite choice for attackers as they are easily accessible. Mobile Application Security Testing reduces the risk of mobile app breaches by detecting the mobile application weaknesses early and remediating them before an attacker finds them.

Scale the business with secure mobile apps

Mobile application usage continues to increase and outpaces these web applications. Secure mobile applications have a better chance of gaining customer trust and loyalty. Mobile Application Penetration Testing provides extra support for the scalability of your business.

Meet Compliance Requirements

In today's regulated environment, compliance with regulations and standards such as PCI DSS, OWASP, GDPR, HIPAA, NIST, RBI CSF, SAMA CSF, NESA, and many other standards mandates Mobile App Security Testing as a critical requirement.

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