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Mobile Application Penetration testing Key Concepts








Mobile Application Cyber Attacks

Mobile has become your virtual ID card . Be it digital payment or finding a restaurant on Google or as important as your AADHAR details ; mobile usage has become inevitable and so are the risks with mobile data. Trends like BYOD(Bring Your Own Device) have increased the exposure of sensitive company data.They all use mobile applications that are prone to attacks.

These are some common attacks that hackers use. It can be referred from the graph that how much the data is exposed.

Phishing, Brute force, and SMiShing attacks are some common examples that are experienced by a common man.

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Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Scope

  • Code Debugging
  • Reverse engineering
  • Console logging in production code
  • Static Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Business logic vuln.
    • Server-side validation
    • Admin/user account compromise
    • Authentication brute forcing
    • Root detection-method-bypass
  • Local storage flows
    • Sensitive data in logs, cache or shared storage
    • Check if sensitive data stays after even log out
    • Privacy and metadata leaks
  • TLS check
    • TLS weak encryption
    • Bypassing SSL pinning
    • TLS authentication flaws
    • Insecure data storage

  • Android server-side checks
    • Client side injection (XSS)
    • Username enumeration
    • SQL injection
    • Malicious file upload
    • Check for all HTTP methods
    • Session management
    • CAPTCHA flaws & bypass
  • IPC Security check
    • Device DOS
    • Permissions and digital signature data sharing issues
    • Illegitimate applications
    • Uncovered Components & Cross App Authorization
  • Untrusted Code
    • Sensitive information in application error message
    • JS execution at WebViews
    • Insecure permission setting through AndroidManifest.xml
    • Buffer Overflow

IOS Application Security

  • Exploring iOS file system
  • Insecure local data storage
  • Broken Cryptography
  • Binary Analysis
    • Exploit Migration
    • All used libraries
  • MiTM on iOS
    • HTTP traffic
    • SSL/TLS traffic
    • Bypassing certificate pinning
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Jailbreaking
  • KeyChain dump
  • Side channel leakage
    • Screenshot caching mechanism
    • Cookie Storage
    • Device logging
    • Keyboard cache storage

Globally Open Web Application Security Project(OWASP) releases a list of top 10 security risks or vulnerabilities which are

  • M1: Improper Platform Usage
  • M2: Insecure Data Storage
  • M3: Insecre Communication
  • M4: Insecure Authentication
  • M5: Insufficient Cryptography
  • M6: Insecure Authorization
  • M7: Client Code Quality
  • M8: Code Tampering
  • M9: Reverse Engineering
  • M10: Extraneous Functionality


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Approach and Procedure of test:

Process includes 3 phases:

  1. Network Discovery
  2. Vulnerability Assessment [VA]
  3. Web application penetration testing or web Pentesting [PT]

Invesics's Pen-test approach goes beyond OWASP Top-10

Project Purpose
Manual Pen-Testing
Requirement Gathering
Review- Analysis
Defining Scope
Reporting- Suggestions
Automated VAPT
Retest- Certification

Our Security Experts perform the following steps:

  • Vulnerability assessment [VA] is based on the dynamic approach. The process of mobile application pentesting is recognizing potential entry points and vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
  • Exploitation - Penetration testing [PT]is the use of tools and languages like PYTHON. Our security experts recreate methods of malicious hackers, trying to exploit the discovered vulnerabilities and attacking with various attacks like SQL injection, Buffer overflow attack, etc.
  • In the discovery phase information is gathered which is generally called RECONNAISSANCE which gives a review of publicly accessible information and resources.
  • It is basically done to intercept the traffic between the mobile application and API[Application Programming Interface]
  • PURPOSE- To understand the working of mobile applications and trying to manipulate their functioning to check if any unwanted information is displaying.
  • COVERED FACTORS: Data storage, Network communication between the application and server, Interaction with the platform, Security configurations, Source code
  • Transfer knowledge


What are the things I need to provide you for starting my Mobile VAPT assignment?

In case of Android app, you are requried to provide APK file. In case of iOS app, you are required to provide IPA file. If it is a manual based testing, along with previously mentioned things, we will need dummy credentials of each users roles that has access of respective apps.

What is the difference between Mobile App VAPT and Mobile App Secure code review?

In Mobile VAPT, pen-testing is done from the app UI - consist of BlackBox and GreyBox testing. In Secure code review, we will need access of your app code - which will be reviewed from Security perspective

Does Invesics have certain certification which are required?

Yes, Invesics is an ISO 27001 certified Company. Resources who will work on the assignments are CEH certified. Security Lead at Invesics is a double graduate having Masters degree in Cyber Security and Incident Response. ( )

How can I make sure my details and application data will be in a safe hand?

INVESICS is ISO 27001 certified company and hence we have all the compliance applies to handle your data privacy. Further, you will get digitally signed NDA before starting the assignment, this NDA is legally valid.

While Mobile App pen-testing, do you check APIs as well?

General test-cases for Mobile App pen-testing covers only some part of API calls - that are necessory to test core Mobile app functionalities.

Do I need to opt for API pen-test saperately?

API Pen-testing is having it's own multiple attack use-cases based on it's nature (i.e. REST or SOAP etc). Mobile pen-testing covers only necessory part of API calls limited to core app testing. Hence, it is recommended to have APIs Pen-test in scope to have maximum security.

What am I supposed to do if I have extra requirements on my project?

You can convey that to you account manager, he will be there 24*7 to assist you. If your extra requirements does not fall under your selected plan, you will be given estimate for the extra work.

What am I supposed to do if I am not interested to work with Invesics, after doing the payment?

You can cancel the project anytime before signing NDA and you will get your money back. For more clarity, you can refer our refund policy here.

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