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Mobile App Penetration Testing, commonly referred to as Mobile App PenTesting, is a process of assessing the security of mobile applications to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by attackers. It involves simulating real-world attacks on mobile apps to uncover security flaws before they can be exploited by malicious actors.

How It's Performed:

mobile App

Reconnaissance

Understanding the mobile app's architecture, functionalities, and technologies used.

Threats and attacks

Threat Modeling

Identifying potential threats and attack vectors based on the app's functionalities and components.

Source Code

Static Analysis

Analyzing the source code or binary of the mobile app to uncover vulnerabilities without executing the application.

testing

Dynamic Analysis

Interacting with the mobile app in real-time to identify security vulnerabilities while it's running.

Data transmission

Network Analysis

Monitoring network traffic generated by the app to detect vulnerabilities related to data transmission and communication.

Authetication

Authentication and Authorization Testing

Assessing the strength of authentication mechanisms and verifying that users have appropriate access privileges.

API- Dynamic Analysis

Data Storage Testing

Examining how sensitive data is stored, transmitted, and protected within the app.

Understanding the Application

Session Management Testing

Evaluating how the app manages user sessions and ensuring session tokens are securely handled.

client-side security

Client-Side Security Testing

Assessing security controls implemented on the client-side, including encryption, input validation, and secure coding practices.

API Testing

API Testing

Testing the security of APIs used by mobile apps to interact with servers and other services.

App

Reverse Engineering

Decompiling and analyzing the mobile app's binary to understand its inner workings and identify potential vulnerabilities.

Process of Web Penetration Testing:

1. Information Gathering
2. Vulnerability Scanning:
3.Manual Testing
4. Analysis and Reporting
5. Penetration Testing
6. Risk Assessment
7.Remediation Guidance
8. Reassessment
1. Information Gathering
2. Vulnerability Scanning:
3.Manual Testing
4. Analysis and Reporting
5. Penetration Testing
6. Risk Assessment
7.Remediation Guidance
8. Reassessment
Mobile App Penetration testing

Why It's Useful:

Common Vulnerabilities for Mobile penetration testing

Tools commonly used for Mobile Pentesting

MobSF  
Frida 
Drozer 
Wireshark 
Burp Suite 
Apktool 
Metasploit Framework 
Needle 
Android Virtual Device (AVD) 
iOS Simulator 

Tools commonly used for Mobile Pentesting

MobSF  
Frida 
Drozer 
Wireshark 
Apktool 
Burp Suite 
Metasploit Framework 
Needle 
Android Virtual Device (AVD) 
iOS Simulator 

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Frequently Asked Questions?

Common security vulnerabilities found in mobile applications include insecure data storage, insufficient transport layer protection, insecure authentication, inadequate session management, broken access controls, improper input validation, sensitive data leakage, insecure communication channels, lack of binary protections, and client-side security flaws.

For mobile app penetration testing, commonly used tools and techniques include Burp Suite, OWASP ZAP, Frida, MobSF (Mobile Security Framework), Drozer, Wireshark, Apktool, Metasploit Framework, Needle, Android Virtual Device (AVD), and iOS Simulator.

Approach testing for authentication and authorization vulnerabilities in a mobile app by identifying authentication mechanisms, testing for weak credentials and password policies, verifying session management security, assessing access control measures, checking for bypass or privilege escalation vulnerabilities, examining token management, validating role-based access controls, ensuring secure transmission of authentication data, testing for account lockout and brute force protections, and analyzing error handling related to authentication and authorization.

To ensure the security of APIs used by mobile apps, I take the following steps: use encryption (TLS), implement strong authentication and authorization, validate and sanitize input data, apply rate limiting and throttling, implement proper error handling, regularly audit and test for vulnerabilities, and monitor and log API activity.

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