Best Practices to Start with Mobile Penetration Testing

Best Practices to Start with Mobile Penetration Testing

With the increased use of mobile devices and applications by people, there also comes a wide range of attacks that was not much more relevant earlier in the web application world. Fortunately, there are experts who can delve deep into the matter and find ways to solve the challenges. But testing a mobile app requires a different approach than testing a web application.

Protecting the applications on the handheld devices using Android or iOS needs to perform different tests and process that include mobile app reverse engineering, static and dynamic security testing, mobile platform internal and etc.

Here in this blog, we will discuss some practical tips regarding penetration testing, how to set the testing environment and some testing tools that you will need for the task. So, here is how you should begin with:

Build a Plan for Effective Results:

In order to run a successful penetration testing of your mobile application, the first step that you need to do is to develop a methodology as to how you will plan to move forward.  Since each mobile app is different from the other and the environment too varies, it is important to carefully consider the exact needs that are to be tested. you can start with the cheat sheet that is provided to you by your mobile app testing company. This is actually created for the pentesting of the mobile app.

Create a Thorough Testing Environment:

Planning for the appropriate pentesting environment is also essential. Though it is very difficult to jailbreak an iPhone, but it can be done by mobile app testing experts if they know what they are exactly doing. So, when it comes to pentesting an iPhone environment, it is necessary to create the actual real test environment to discover the security issues that can be there.

Time Management Skills:

Based on the magnitude of the penetration testing that you are conducting, you will have to effectively manage your time skills as well. There may be times when you may not need to test the entire mobile application. Testing only one portion would be enough. Proper time management would enable you to do the test and complete it and then move onto something else without having to sacrifice attention to details.

Network Connectivity

While conducting a penetration testing on the networking connectivity between the server and the smartphone, from where the application will be downloaded, make sure that you use the network sniffers.  These tools help to gather important information and data that is not only related to the network traffic, but also with the data packets.
The results can be used to formulate the type of pentesting that has to be done. It is also very important to examine the authorization, authentication and also the session management mechanism that is to be deployed and verify the encryption protocols that has to be implemented.

Server Environment:

Testing the server environment is equally important, as that is the place where the app is hosted and will be downloaded from. Some penetration testing that needs to be conducted include the authentication mechanism placed between the server and the smartphone, any open redirects, authorized and unauthorized file uploads and cross origin resource sharing.

Choose the Right Penetration Testing Tool:

With many pentesting tools available, you can either choose a free version or a paid one. Picking the right based on your environment and requirements is very important. Some of the most popular mobile pentesting tools available include Cydia, Apktool, Wireshark, Burp Proxy and etc.