How do we perform Mobile App VAPT?

What we need from you is just the mobile app binaries. At Valency Networks, we believe in mimicking real life hackers. They have access only to your app's binaries and ideally that's all we expect from you. Once we are formally and professionally engaged with you to perform pentesting of your mobile app, we do ask few questions such as below

  • Is your mobile app developed using some framework, or uses native code?
  • Does your mobile app make calls you social media networks?
  • Does your mobile app support in-app purchases / bitcoins etc?
  • Does your mobile app embeds payment gateway within the app?
Mobile App Security Testing Company, How do we perform Mobile App VAPT?

There are few more questions besides above, which are relevant to your application's business functionality. We map all this to do threat modeling of your application and figure out how to perform the vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.

Once the app is mapped, we employ a very methodical, technical and systematic approach to perform penetration testing. While we use the detailed OWASP-Mobile-Top-10 model, the testing is broadly categorized into static analysis (data at rest) and dynamic analysis (data in transit). Please check this page to know how it is done.

What to expect from a Mobile App Pentest?

Mobile app penetration testing typically includes "data at rest" and "data in transit" security testing in context of the mobile application. This is true irrespective of whether it is Android app, or iOS app or Windows Phone app. Penetration testing tools are used as part of a penetration test to automate certain tasks, improve testing efficiency and discover issues that might be difficult to find using manual analysis techniques alone.

Two common penetration testing tool types are static analysis tools and dynamic analysis tools.Customers typically expect the app to be security tested end to end. This involves the mobile app binary as well as the backend web services. Manual penetration testing layers human expertise on top of professional penetration testing software and tools, such as automated binary static and automated dynamic analysis, when assessing high assurance applications.

A manual penetration test provides a wider and deeper approach to ensure great deal of accuracy, which is imperative for the hardening of mobile app from malicious attacks. While the vulnerability assessment does the task of finding security problems, the penetration testing proves that those findings actually do exist and shows ways to exploit those. Thus the penetration testing attempts to exploit security vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the app throughout the environment, attempting to penetrate both at the network level and key applications.

Mobile App Security Testing Company, Exploit Categories

Services for Mobile Application Penetration Testing

Vulnerabilities Detected, Mobile App Security Testing Company

  • Testing for popular Platforms and Devices
  • Testing for data at rest problems
  • Testing for data in transit problems
  • Testing for backend web services vulnerabilities
  • Testing for business logic specific problems
  • Testing for framework related inherent vulnerabilities
  • Testing for in-app purchases vulnerabilities
  • Testing for in-app social media usage vulnerabilities
  • Testing for in-app payment gateway calls vulnerabilities

The mobile application penetration testing methodology users OWASP Mobile Top 10 model to ensure that all angles of security threat vectors are tested. Valency Networks adopts an integrated approach that combines the strengths of manual penetration testing, jail breaking technology and mobile platform appropriate tools to identify security risks before they are exploited.

Mobile App Security Testing Features

Exploit Categories

  • On device code exploitation

  • Off device code injection

  • Called Web Service Exploits

  • Authentication problems

  • Configuration problems

  • SQLite Database related problems

Vulnerabilities Detected

  • Check for Weak Server Side Controls

  • Insecure Data Storage

  • Insufficient Transport Layer Protection

  • Unintended Data Leakage

  • Checks for Poor Authorization and Authentication

  • Client Side Injection

  • Security Decisions Via Untrusted Inputs

  • Improper Session Handling

  • Lack of Binary Protections

Standards Followed

  • OWASP Mobile Top 10 - 2014

Test Approaches

  • Rooting Android Device

  • Jailbreaking iOS Device

  • Without Rooting/Jailbreaking

How do you test mobile app security?

Valency Networks performs manual and tool based testing for Mobile app security. Our technical expertise is in performing manual security testing where we following hacking methods and techniques to find loopholes in the application and thus improve its security angle. To understand the testing process in detail you can visit this page:

Mobile app security testing process

Why Mobile App Security Testing is important?

With the increase in the use of mobile phones and tablets, many applications are being hosted on Google Playstore and Apple iTune store, for users availability. Users store more than just their photos and messages on their mobiles thus making mobile app security, critical and essential. Applications that deal with users critical data like finance, health, investments, etc need to ensure their mobile application is secure to avoid privacy issues and data breach incidents that can lead immense consequences. For more info:


How do you manually test mobile app security?

There are some vulnerabilities, which can be identified by manual scan only. Some attacks such as SQL Injection, Crosssite scripting (XSS), Authentication Bypass, etc. can be accurate only when done manually. We perform Manual testing is performed on the OWASP Mobile Security Top 10 issues.

  • 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
We also follow our expert's checklist on Mobile applications security for manual testing. Manual testing helps in digging deep into the application and it functionalities to find security vulnerabilities. Find more about this :

How to test android app security

Mobile App Testing

Is CSRF Attack possible in mobile application?

No. CSRF(Cross-Site Request Forgery) is possible when there is any authentication mechanism in place like cookies which are mostly used on web applications. Mobile applications do not use cookies or other authentication mechanism as they don't have web browser storing cookies for each site you visit. Hence, CSRF is not possible on mobile applications. To read more on CSRF:

CSRF (Cross Site Request Forging) Vulnerability

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Valency Networks is a very agile, friendly and fun loving atmosphere and yet we maintain a cutting edge technical vibrant work environment.