Mobile Applications Security Risk Assessment

Mobile Apps Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Testing also called Vulnerability Assessment is a process of evaluating security risks in software systems to reduce the probability of threats. The purpose of vulnerability testing is reducing the possibility for intruders/hackers to get unauthorized access of systems. 

A vulnerability is any mistake or weakness in the system’s security procedures, design, implementation or any internal control that may result in the violation of the system’s security policy.

What is VA-PT for Mobile Applications

Users all across the world choose mobile apps that allow them to perform specific tasks. They do not want to jeopardize the security and privacy of the data saved on their mobile devices at the same time. When designing a mobile app, businesses must include powerful security measures and do extensive security testing.

It enables them to protect users’ personal and professional data in the face of targeted malware attacks and the existence of a virus on the devices. Security testing assists testing professionals in determining the app’s vulnerability to specific security threats. It also aids in identifying the flaws that expose the app to targeted malware assaults.

As a result, the results of security testing enable organizations to improve the credibility and profitability of the mobile app in the long run. There are also other reasons why every organization must conduct extensive security testing on mobile apps.

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Touch Points of Mobile Apps VA-PT

Because many developers are unaware of security risks, mobile applications represent a vulnerability in information systems.

While most mobile apps do not keep sensitive information, they can change personal data via APIs and function as servers’ gateways.

Furthermore, mobile applications, like desktop software, can be hacked and copied or corrupted. As a result, they are a component that must be safeguarded for the organizations that created them.

A mobile application Penetration testing examines both the application and the APIs and servers that host it. A Penetration test of the mobile or desktop application focuses on cryptography analysis and reverse engineering in particular.

Mobile Applications
VA-PT Process

To set the scope and duration of the Penetration Testing , the first step is to understand the risks.

During the audit preparation phase, the following questions can be answered: Pen-test dates, target access, and test communication plan. If the program to be evaluated is not yet public or available on download platforms, the client can send it directly to Sysyork

During the Penetration Testing , the Sysyork team contacts the client’s technical team. Except in the case of a special request for real-time reporting, the results are reported at the end of the audit.

Test Case Generation

Creating a test case abuse scenario to identify business logic vulnerabilities in application flow

Binary Analysis

Reverse Engineering of the binaries for Android (.apk) and IOS .(ipa) applications

Vulnerability Analysis

Identifying Potential Vulnerabilities based on data from source code review and dynamic analysis

Manual Business Logic Testing

Performing manual exploitation and testing to identify exploitable vulnerabilities from the back end Business logic

Top 10 Mobile Risks

  • M1: Improper Platform Usage
  • M2: Insecure Data Storage
  • M3: Insecure Communication
  • M4: Insecure Authentication
  • M5: Insufficient Cryptography
  • M6: Insecure Authorization
  • M7: Client Code Quality
  • M8: Code Tampering
  • M9: Reverse Engineering
  • M10: Extraneous Functionality
Top 10 Mobile Risks

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