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At a glance

Mobile application penetration testing is a form of security testing that is used by companies to evaluate security from inside of a mobile environment. Mobile penetration testing is built on OWASP mobile application security verification standard. Mobile pentesting performed by qualified reputable specialists is focused on client-side safety, file system, hardware, and network security.


By conducting a mobile pen test, the company can identify vulnerabilities in the mobile application, bottlenecks, loopholes, and vectors of an attack before delivering an app to the ultimate user. As a result, mobile app pen testing allows the company to realize how to modify the design, code, and architecture before the official release. The costs required to fix the issues detected during mobile application pentesting are much lower than potential financial losses a company may experience as the result of the information theft enabled by the exploitation of these vulnerabilities by malicious actors. The companies ignoring mobile penetration testing face the risk of experiencing not only direct financial losses but also reputational and legal damage after the release of their mobile apps due to security problems. That is why mobile application penetration testing should become a core element of security testing for every solid developer of applications for mobile phones.


Our services: how do we help companies


The scope of the mobile application penetration testing services provided by Hacken experts allows clients to get reports on previously unknown vulnerabilities in their mobile applications. Hacken security team will guide clients on what mobile application penetration testing processes they need to pass to ensure the ultimate security of their users. Hacken mobile pen test specialists will also instruct clients on what additional security testing measures need to be applied following mobile penetration testing. 


The value you get by applying for mobile pentesting


The mobile app penetration testing performed by Hacken experts allows clients to test the security of their mobile applications without causing any inconvenience to their users. By applying for mobile pentesting services provided by Hacken you get constant support before, during, and after testing. Also, upon passing the mobile pen test, you will get a clear picture of what vulnerabilities are of the greatest importance to be addressed ASAP. As a result, clients will be able to reasonably allocate their efforts and resources to mitigate security risks in the future. 


Our advantages


Hacken security specialists have deep expertise in performing mobile application penetration testing and the satisfaction of our clients with the quality of services provided to them by our team serves as the confirmation of our strong reputation and image in the cybersecurity world. Our team coordinates with the clients every step of mobile pentesting so that to avoid causing any inconvenience to their users and internal team. Hacken is focused on quality assurance and we keep constant contact with our clients after performing mobile penetration testing to realize whether we can introduce changes to further increase the efficiency of our mobile pen test services for our clients.

Mobile penetration testing methodology applied by Hacken

The Mobile Application Pentesting performed by Hacken experts is divided into 4 stages:


  • Preparation – requires the specialists performing mobile pen test to obtain information that is necessary to realize the scope of events that can lead to the successful exploitation of the issues attributable to mobile applications.


  • Evaluation – the analysis process of mobile penetration testing during which the mobile app penetration testing expert goes through the mobile application thereby detecting potentially exploitable entry points and vulnerabilities.


  • Exploitation – the specialists performing mobile pentest tries to exploit revealed weakness in the mobile application in a manner that is not expected by the programmer.


  • Reporting – at the end of mobile app penetration testing, our security experts report on and present the discovered results in a language that is understandable for management. The reporting stage of mobile pentesting differentiates this type of security testing from a real attack. 


Intelligence gathering is the crucial step of mobile pentesting performed by Hacken. Our specialists can reveal covered cues that may shed light on the occurrence of weakness. Only by realizing the key roots of the security issues, specialists can conduct successful pentesting. 


Reconnaissance involves the next steps:


  • Open-source intelligence(OSINT) gathering: a review of publicly accessible data and resources. Hacken security team responsible for mobile pentesting tries to find the information about the application through all possible sources. For example, Hacken specialists try to find information on search engines and social media and look for leaked source code through version control systems, developer boards, or even on the dark web.



  • Architecture understanding: mobile application penetration testing specialist needs to be aware of the mobile application architecture, also from an outside point of view to generate the application threat model. 



  • Client and server-side scenarios: mobile application penetration testing expert needs to know how to recognize the application type (native, hybrid, or web) and manage test cases. The application network interfaces, data belonging to users, interaction with the resources provided by third parties, session management, jailbreaking/rooting detecting, etc.


At this phase of mobile app pentesting, our security specialists compare the apps prior to and after installation. The list of evaluation techniques used by our experts during the evaluation stage of mobile pentesting includes:


  • File system analysis: mobile pentest specialists examines the local files written on the file system by the application to assure that no breaches take place.



  • Package analysis: unpack the application installation bundles for the Android and iOS operating systems. An analysis should be performed to assure that there are no changes in configurations of the compiled binary.



  • Reverse engineering: the transformation of the compiled applications into human-readable source code. Hacken experts performing mobile application pentesting analyze the decompiled code to get knowlege of the intuitive application functionality and detect flaws.

Please note that an android application may be modified once changed and recompiled.


  • Static analysis: Hacken mobile pentesting specialist investigates the provided files or decompiled source code.



  • Dynamic analysis: mobile app pentesting specialists reviews the mobile application when run on the device or emulator. Reviews done at this stage of the mobile app pentesting include a forensic examination of the file system, an assessment of the network communication between the application and server, and an evaluation of the application’s inter-process communication (IPC).



  • Inter-Process Communication Endpoint Analysis: mobile pen test specialists reviews the different mobile application IPC endpoints. The assessment is performed on:



  • Content providers – ensure that database is accessed.
  • Intents – signals that are used to transmit messages between the android system elements.
  • Broadcast receivers – receive and act on intents accepted from other applications on the android system.
  • Activities – make up the screens or pages inside the application.
  • Services – run from the background and execute tasks regardless of whether the main application is active.




Hacken mobile application penetration testing engineer starts operating upon getting the inputs required to offend against the mobile application during the information-gathering stage. The success of mobile application penetration testing heavily correlates with the quality and scope of intelligence gathering.


This phase of mobile penetration testing provides for the exploitation of all potential vulnerabilities detected at the previous assessment stages in a manner that corresponds to the style used by real attackers. Hacken mobile pentesting experts exploit both automatically recognized vulnerabilities and the issues requiring hand-operated classification. The list of directions exploited by Hacken experts during mobile app penetration testing encompasses business logic flaws, authentication/authorization bypasses, direct object references, parameter tampering, and session management. Mobile pentesting specialist tries to exploit the vulnerability to gain sensitive information or perform any other malicious activities.



The output provided by Hacken mobile application penetration testing team generally comprises of an executive-level paper and a technical report. The executive-level paper is written for management and covers a high-level summary of assessment activities, scope, most critical vulnerabilities discovered, and overall risk scoring. 


The technical report includes all vulnerabilities fixed individually, with the details on how to recreate the vulnerability, evaluation of the risk, recommended remediation operations, and helpful reference links.



The final activity performed within the scope of mobile application pentesting is a presentation of all documentation to the client. Following this activity, our mobile pentest team gives new revisions of documentation and schedule any formal retesting, if applicable.


Remediation testing

After a client eliminates the detected vulnerabilities, Hacken mobile application penetration testing expert will validate and approve all introduced fixes.


  • What is the purpose of mobile application penetration testing?

    The purpose of mobile penetration testing is to identify weaknesses in the mobile application before its official release. As a result, this form of security testing allows companies to prevent the occurrence of technical and reputational issues after the release of an application.
  • What are the key stages of mobile application penetration testing?

    The mobile penetration testing performed by Hacken experts has 4 main stages including preparation, evaluation, exploitation, and reporting. During all these 4 stages Hacken security specialists are in constant contact with a client and inform him of the progress achieved.
  • Does the security vendor check whether required fixes are correctly introduced?

    Yes, we provide a client with a list of recommendations that need to be introduced to address the detected security threats. After introducing these fixes, a client contacts our team and we check whether a client has correctly made all required changes. In case of detecting some flaws, we notify a client of them.
  • Is it a reasonable investment decision to apply for mobile application penetration testing?

    Yes, the price of mobile application penetration testing is much lower than the potential expenditures a company will have to cover in case its mobile application is compromised by malicious actors. Also, this form of security testing has a positive impact on the company’s reputation in the eyes of clients.

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