Mobile Application Penetration Testing

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Mobile application penetration testing is the process of testing the security of mobile applications to identify potential vulnerabilities and security weaknesses. It is an essential part of mobile application development and helps to ensure that mobile applications are secure, reliable, and of high quality.

The objective of mobile application penetration testing is to simulate real-world attacks on the application to identify potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. The testing process can involve manual testing, automated testing, or a combination of both.

During mobile application penetration testing, a team of security professionals will attempt to exploit potential vulnerabilities in the mobile application, such as input validation errors, authentication and authorization issues, insecure data storage, and other security weaknesses. The testing process may also include examining the application’s network traffic and API calls to identify potential vulnerabilities.

The results of the mobile application penetration testing are then used to provide feedback to the developers, who can then make necessary changes to the application to address any identified vulnerabilities or security weaknesses. This helps to ensure that the application is secure, reliable, and provides an excellent user experience.

The methodology for Mobile Application Penetration Testing typically consists of the following steps:

  1. Reconnaissance:

    Gathering information about the target application, including the platform it runs on, the architecture, and any publically available information.

  2. Threat modeling:

    Identifying potential threats and weaknesses in the application, and determining the scope of the test.

  3. Testing:

    Conduct various tests on the application to identify vulnerabilities, including code review, dynamic testing, and static testing.

  4. Exploitation:

    Attempting to exploit any vulnerabilities that have been identified.

  5. Reporting:

    Documenting the findings of the test and providing recommendations for remediation.

  6. Remediation:

    Fixing the vulnerabilities that have been identified and verifying that they have been properly addressed.

  7. Verification:

    Re-testing the application to ensure that all identified vulnerabilities have been properly addressed.

This process is often tailored to meet the specific requirements of each organization and the application being tested. It is important to have a systematic approach to Mobile Application Penetration Testing to ensure that all potential vulnerabilities are identified and properly addressed.

Why Mobile Application Penetration Testing?

Mobile Application Penetration Testing is performed for several reasons, including:

Identifying vulnerabilities:

Penetration testing helps organizations identify vulnerabilities in their mobile applications before they can be exploited by attackers.


Improving security:

By identifying and fixing vulnerabilities, organizations can improve the overall security of their mobile applications and reduce the risk of a security breach.


Complying with regulations:

Many industries have specific regulations that require organizations to regularly assess the security of their applications. Mobile Application Penetration Testing can help organizations comply with these regulations.


Protecting sensitive data:

Mobile applications often store and transmit sensitive data, such as personal information, financial data, and login credentials. Penetration testing helps ensure that this data is protected from unauthorized access and theft.


Building customer trust:

By demonstrating a commitment to security, organizations can build customer trust and confidence in their products and services.

Why Senselearner for Mobile Application Penetration Testing?

There is a reason why Senselearner has been gaining immense popularity in the sector of Mobile Application VAPT as it always strives for absolute client satisfaction.

Choose its services and ensure maximum protection of your mobile app-

  • Via the advanced team of VAPT experts and VAPT tools, the company can easily recognize maximum safety flaws which are present in the application or network

  • It understands the relevance of the client’s information data for which Senselearner help in identifying and eradicating the safety flaws

  • Also, the level of risk encountered by an application is calculated by the company

  • Senselearner aims at each minor and major detail that is required to be improved for achieving the best Mobile Application Cybersecurity point of view.

The Mobile Application VAPT team of sense learner uses highly advanced technologies for testing mobile apps and analyzing the application’s security stature. The company has committed environments for testing both Microsoft and Android, and iOS applications. This type of dedicated environment permits the professionals to analyze and test the application in an optimal manner, on its real device/environment.

During the testing procedure, it also stimulates a multitude of attacks, both mobile dedicated attacks and general application attacks. The testing simulates the real hacker as well as what he can do for penetrating the app and retrieving confidential data. Unlike the other companies out there in the market, Senselearner does not make any false promises and provides you with inexpensive services.

Standards for Mobile Application Penetration Testing?

There are several standards and guidelines for conducting mobile application penetration testing:

  • OWASP Mobile Top 10: This is a list of the most common security risks for mobile applications and provides recommendations for mitigation.
  • NIST SP 800-163: This publication provides guidelines for secure mobile application development and includes recommendations for testing and evaluating mobile applications.
  • ISO/IEC 27034-1: This international standard provides guidelines for information security management for the entire life cycle of an application.
  • PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines: This standard provides guidelines for secure mobile payments and includes recommendations for testing and evaluating mobile applications used for payment transactions.
  • MSTG (Mobile Security Testing Guide): This is a comprehensive guide to mobile application security testing, including guidelines for testing the various components of a mobile application, such as the user interface, data storage, and network communication.

These standards provide a framework for conducting mobile application penetration testing and can be used to evaluate the security of an application and identify areas for improvement

OWASP Mobile TOP 10 2016 Vulnerabilities are :

  • Improper Platform Usage: This vulnerability involves using the mobile platform in an insecure manner, such as using weak encryption or storing sensitive data on the device without proper protection.
  • Insecure Data Storage: This vulnerability involves storing sensitive data on the device in an insecure manner, such as in plain text or with weak encryption.
  • Insecure Communication: This vulnerability involves transmitting data over the network in an insecure manner, such as using an unencrypted channel or not properly verifying the identity of the server.
  • Insufficient Cryptography: This vulnerability involves using weak or insufficient cryptography to protect sensitive data.
  • Insecure Authentication: This vulnerability involves implementing weak or easily by passable authentication mechanisms, such as using easily guessable passwords or not properly verifying the identity of the user.
  • Client-Side Injection: This vulnerability involves injecting malicious code into the client-side component of the application, such as injecting SQL commands into a search field.
  • Broken Cryptographic Algorithms: This vulnerability involves using cryptographic algorithms that have known weaknesses or are easily broken.
  • Sensitive Information Disclosure: This vulnerability involves disclosing sensitive information, such as by logging sensitive data or by transmitting it over an unencrypted channel.
  • Lack of Binary Protections: This vulnerability involves not properly protecting the binary code of the application, such as by not using code obfuscation or not properly signing the application.
  • Reverse Engineering: This vulnerability involves reverse engineering the application to reveal its inner workings or sensitive data, such as by decompiling the binary code.

Benefits of Mobile Penetration Testing?

The Mobile Application Security Audit provides you with end-to-end services which include app mapping as well as reverse engineering for identifying technical vulnerabilities in the mobile applications.

Although there are numerous advantages of the Mobile Application VAPT, some of the major ones are –

  • Protection of sensitive data against cybercriminals and malicious hackers

  • Safety and recovery of data if your device gets lost

  • Security of your confidential data from those malicious apps that focus on unauthorized access to the data

  • Reduces safety risks to the application data

  • Prevention of the monetary losses (say, ransom) and giving confidence

  • Increased Return on Investment i.e., ROI.

  • Not only you can save a lot of bucks, but your reputation in the market also stays intact

Clients get benefitted from MAPT as it offers a complete analysis of the existing security posture and a suggestion for reducing the exposure to currently recognized vulnerabilities is also highlighted. Hence, the clients can make informed decisions and manage their exposure to dangers in a better manner.

The benefits of increased ROI are to both the end-user who uses app and the mobile application development firm.