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The number of mobile devices people use on a daily basis has increased significantly for the last few years: with smartphone ownership extending to more than half the world, mobile applications have already become an integral tool of our daily life. People use smartphones and mobile applications for both professional and personal purposes. Therefore, the protection of the data to which mobile applications have access has become of critical importance for app developers. The flood of apps can be observed in almost every industry and companies that strive to win customers try to offer them highly functional mobile applications. That is why the importance of android application penetration testing services for businesses should not be underestimated.


Hacken’s android app penetration testing is designed to analyze the security of the Android version of the application installed on the device along with the other applications installed on this tool. Android penetration testing is focused on identifying weaknesses the exploitation of which by malicious actors can result in the compromise of the Android device, any information it stores, or any networks to which this device has access.


How Android Pentesting Meets Your Security Needs


By ordering Android penetration testing of your application, you can identify security flaws that can lead to data breaches. As a result, the pentest of your Android apps helps you to avoid both reputational and financial damage you are likely to experience as the result of the successful exploitation of your vulnerabilities by malicious actors. Android application penetration testing can also point out weaknesses in your Android app that can affect user experience. As a result, by passing Android pentesting you can find ways to ensure a high level of security of your users during their interaction with your product while facilitating security verification procedures. 


What you get by applying for Android pentesting


Our experts responsible for carrying out Android penetration testing will help you prepare for passing this security testing procedure. They will outline the scope and mechanism of the Android app pentesting so that you will be fully aware of all stages and duration of this Android security testing process. Upon completing the penetration testing of Android applications our researchers will provide clients with the full picture of security flaws and weaknesses by addressing which they can dramatically improve the protection of users’ data and assets. Based on their expertise in Android pentesting, our experts will develop the list of recommendations by following which you will be able to address the outlined issues.


Our Advantages


Highly skilled team: our team of researchers has a deep experience related to working with Android applications and are proven industry leaders in carrying out android pentesting;


Deep understanding of data breaches techniques: Hacken’s core activities are related to fighting data breaches security incidents. We know how hackers compromise victims’ data but we also know how to leave them no chance by performing Android penetration testing for our clients;


Client-centred approach: when carrying out pentest of Android apps we try to avoid causing any discomfort to your users while guaranteeing the highest quality and full scope of delivered testing services;


The diversified portfolio of services: apart from passing Android app penetration testing you may also apply for running bug bounty programs on our professional platform HackenProof to invite independent researchers to work on identifying your weaknesses.


Authentication Session Management

Session security is an essential component of the design of mobile systems and apps where communication between the device and an external network is vital for operation. Inadequate security controls can expose user accounts to risks of unauthorized access and data loss. Authentication vulnerabilities are consistently considered a significant risk for mobile systems.


The majority of mobile applications implement user authentication processes to manage authorization controls. Android supports a range of local and biometric authentication mechanisms to facilitate authorization control. Typically, the number and type of authentication procedures that are implemented will impact the sensitivity of the information and resources to which the application may have access.


The process of authentication session management testing performed during Android pentesting includes the verification that the authentication procedures employed by any application meet industry best practices for that application’s specific access type. Authentication procedures may range from entering a simple username and password to two-factor/biometric authentication. Android penetration testing of the applications handling sensitive information such as financial transaction data will include checks for compliance with industry standards such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).


Where passwords are employed for user authentication, password strength, and policy enforcement are assessed to ensure the authentication processes are sufficiently secure for the implementation purposes of the control. This stage of Android penetration testing process helps companies identify the majority of issues that may result in data breaches.


Input and Output Manipulation

The input and output manipulation testing stage of the android app pentesting performed by our experts revolves around injecting data into communications to force applications into unexpected or incorrect operations. Injection flaws are security vulnerabilities that are exploited by inserting data into backend commands. By injecting meta-characters into a command string, a malicious attacker can cause injected code to be inadvertently interpreted as a part of the command and, thus, be executed as part of the command.


While these types of vulnerabilities are most prevalent in server-side web services, mobile applications can also be vulnerable to these techniques. The input and output manipulation tests carried out during Android application penetration testing will ensure that adequate data validation techniques are employed to protect users’ information against such manipulation.


The Android pentesting process assesses the mobile applications for potential vulnerabilities in entry points for untrusted inputs and identifying known and dangerous library/API calls.


Information Leakage

Information leakage is a type of software vulnerability the exploitation of which results in information being unintentionally disclosed to end-users. This type of vulnerability is particularly attractive for attackers looking to gather system information to aid the identification of other known vulnerabilities and escalate their attack. By applying for android penetration testing companies can see the vulnerable points in their applications that can enable information leakages. 


The information leakage tests carried out within the framework of Android app pentesting are specifically focused on identifying weaknesses that may result in the unintentional disclosure of information that may be useful for an attacker for facilitating further attacks on the application, device, or interconnected infrastructure. This is different from weaknesses that lead to the exposure of sensitive information either stored on the device or being transmitted.


A typical example of information that falls into this category includes account identification data that, if disclosed, would enable a brute-force attack on the application access controls. That is why Android app pentesting constitutes a must-have security testing procedure for companies striving to build their resistance to cyberattacks. 


  • What are the risks associated with the compromise of Android devices by malicious actors?

    When malicious actors compromise an Android application, there is a risk that they can steal the information it stores and compromise the networks to which this device has access. As a result, you can face both financial and reputational damage that may affect your competitiveness.
  • What are the stages of Android penetration testing?

    Android penetration testing performed by Hacken security specialists includes such stages as authentication session management, input and output manipulation, and information leakage test. All these stages are aimed at identifying whether the mobile application under test is protected by adequate security measures.
  • Does the penetration testing team keep constant contact with a client?

    Yes, the Hacken security team will provide you with detailed information regarding the penetration testing process, its duration, and scope. During the testing process, our specialists will keep in contact with you to ensure that testing does not affect the functionality of your app. After the end of the process, you will get detailed feedback containing information about detected weaknesses and the measures you can take to address them.
  • Is it enough to perform only penetration testing of Android applications?

    Android penetration testing is an effective measure to estimate the security of your Android applications. However, it’s highly recommended for the clients interested in eliminating any possible security threats to apply for other forms of security testing such as bug bounty programs during which independent ethical researchers look for weaknesses in your applications and propose recommendations on how to address them.
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