Mobile Application Penetration Testing

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What is Mobile Application Penetration Testing?

The modern workforce has turned more mobile-intensive, and so have the hackers! As the usage and ease of mobile applications grow, they become more susceptible to attacks. Mobile application penetration testing is a form of testing where ethical hackers try and penetrate your mobile application, be it Android or iOS, to reveal the weak points that real-world hackers can attack. Pen-testing as a service secures your mobile app and provides an additional layer of robustness. It is crucial to maintain a secure SDLC when developing a mobile application and make pen-testing an important part of it before, after and during deployment. ImmuneBytes has a team of professional whitehats who have hands-on experience with penetration testing tools and are experts in locating security flaws.

Common Security Flaws During iOS And Android App Development

The past few years have witnessed a massive increase in hacks and data breaches via mobile applications. Malicious actors have developed newer methods to exploit the vulnerabilities present in mobile apps. Additionally, the usage of iOS and Android applications left, right and centre has also caused such havoc. These applications, when combined with Web3, become a clear target for hackers. Here are some common weaknesses in mobile applications:

Insecure Data Storage

Developers often consider storing important data on client-side applications will offer better security. However, in case of a malware attack, client-side filesystems are compromised, and data is leaked.

Poor Input Validations

Incorrect input variants often cause the application to respond unpredictably. It is important to check how the app will behave when exposed to unseen input variables. Our team fuzz tests an application to understand the intended behaviour.

Weak Data Encryption

When dealing with Web3 data, encrypting the stored and transmitted data becomes substantial. Often, developers ignore an application's cryptographic aspect, which can be dangerous.

Fragile Server-Side Security

Paying equal attention to server-side security is extremely important, as an attack on the server would expose all your mechanism and authentication information to the hacker. We check for custom attack vectors on the server during our pentesting services.

Database Injections

Client-side injections, such as SQL injection, Local File Inclusion, etc., can result in some costly mistakes. Prevent such mishaps by pen-testing your mobile app before hackers can take advantage.

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Benefits Of Mobile App Security Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing as a service uses a hacker-like approach to test your application and find hidden vulnerabilities and backdoors to learn more about them. Getting your mobile application pentesting will save you from zero-day exploits and keep your reputation intact. Use the right tools and secure your data, protect its integrity and limit the potential exposure in case of an attack. Here are some of the benefits:

Increases the security level on the server side.

Gives insights into possible issues which need fixing before deployment.

Provides Secure data storage and authentication.

Secures the Web2 aspect of your application.

Increases confidence of end users.

Why Choose Us?

The team of ethical hackers at ImmuneBytes comprises the best talents who take security seriously and are skilled in Web3 as well as traditional security. Here are some of the reasons to trust us with your mobile application:

Multiple Testing Methodologies

Choose to keep your application in a white, black or grey box. Our ethical hackers are adept with all three techniques of penetration testing.

Efficient Process

Being an audit company, we understand Web3 applications much better than Web2 pen testers. We ensure the process is smooth and valuable for your time and money.

Custom Attack Vectors

Our team tests an application against customised Web3 attack vectors and traditional Web2 parameters for overall system security.

Mobile API Testing

We check your mobile application’s API endpoints for security threats and offer methods to improve the authorisation mechanisms and close any open routes.

Extensive Vulnerability Reports

Once the testing psrocess is complete, we combine all the findings into a pdf format. Each bug is listed along with its test case and a summary of the testing methodology undertaken.

Quick Turnaround Time

It often takes less than 4-5 days to perform pentesting on an application. However, deadlines will always be decided based on your code size, testing strategy preference and other factors.

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Want to get your mobile application tested? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions!

Firstly, information about the application is gathered, such as the technology stack, the smart contracts running the app, the baselayer consensus mechanism, etc. Then, a team of ethical hackers is assigned to stimulate various attacks to find bugs in the system using multiple tools. Finally, the findings will be documented with recommendations for fixing them.

The attack vectors and hacking techniques vary between Web2 and Web3. The major difference between Web3 security and Web2 security testing is patching and preventing. If a bug is discovered later, it can be repaired with the fix. It is essential to avoid bugs in Web3 apps due to their immutable nature.

The cost of a single round of mobile application penetration testing depends on the technology stack, the codebase size, how tightly the application is integrated, and the preferred testing methodology for pen testing.

For Mobile Application Pentesting, we use tools such as Burp Suite, NMAP, Pentestbox and Pentestlab. The scope of mobile app testing differs largely from web app testing as the chances of human intervention are deeper in the case of mobile. You need expert pen testers to get the job done!

Mobile applications like Wallets, Decentralized Exchanges, Marketplaces, DeFi Protocols, Dapps, Gaming Platforms, and more can be pen tested. Any project that is being deployed on the mainnet should undergo penetration testing.

Pentesting is a security best practice. It is one of the best ways to check the security of your internal processes. If you’re making bigger changes to your application, adding new features, transferring data to a new cloud or changing code, you need a pentest. It is a good idea to test your Web3 mobile applications periodically.

Penetration testing methods and tools differ slightly with the different mobile OS. However, the underlying methodology to carry the process out remains the same. Since iOS apps are written in a language specific to Apple, their testing tools vary from Android applications.