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The Mobile Application Penetration Testing Methodology is a form of security testing used to analyze security from inside of a mobile environment. That built on OWASP mobile application security verification standard. The mobile application penetration testing methodology concentrates on client-side safety, file system, hardware, and network security.
By conducting penetration tests, the company can gain knowledge of vulnerabilities in the mobile application, bottlenecks, loopholes, and attack vectors before delivering an app to the user. As a result, the company can change the design, code, and architecture before release. The cost of fixing the issue at this stage is less than addressing later when a breach or a flaw gets discovered. The price at post-rollout step joins not only financial matters but also PR, legal, and more.
The Mobile Application Security Testing divides into four stages:
Intelligence gathering is the most significant step in a penetration test. The ability to find hidden cues that might shed light on the occurrence of vulnerability can be the difference within a successful and unsuccessful pentest. Reconnaissance involves next steps:
The process of mobile assessment applications is different because it challenges the penetration tester to compare the apps before and after installation. The evaluation techniques that encountered within the mobile security include:
Penetrations testing engineer operates upon the information determined from the information-gathering step to attack the mobile application. Entirely performed intelligence gathering ensures a high possibility of a successful project.
This phase includes exercising all potential vulnerabilities recognized in the previous stages of the assessment and trying to exploit them as an attacker would. Not only automatically recognize vulnerabilities that exploited, but issues requiring hand-operated classification and exploitation evaluated, as well. That involves business logic flaws, authentication/authorization bypasses, direct object references, parameter tampering, and session management. Pentester tries to exploit the vulnerability to gain sensitive information or perform malicious actions. Then finally delivers privilege escalation to raise to the most privileged user (root) to not face any restrictions on any actions that completed.
The output provided generally includes an executive-level paper and a technical report. The executive-level paper is written for management consumption and covers a high-level summary of assessment activities, scope, most critical vulnerabilities discovered, overall risk scoring. The technical report, on the other hand, includes all vulnerabilities fixed individually, with specifications on how to recreate the vulnerability, understand the risk, recommended remediation operations, and helpful reference links.
The final activity in any assessment being a presentation of all documentation to the client. We walk the client within the information provided, make any updates needed, and address questions regarding the assessment output. Following this activity, we’ll give new revisions of documentation and schedule any formal retesting, if it is applicable.
When client finish with vulnerabilities penetration tester validate and approve it.