Are there different types of mobile application penetration?
There are three main types of mobile penetration testing.
- Black Box Testing - A penetration tester simulates a real-world attack by exploiting only information available to the public.
- White Box Pen testing - the pen tester has all relevant documentation and contextual understanding about the target application, the internal network environment it is deployed in, and what other systems may be reachable which enables a deeper test of the application.
- Grey box testing- the pen tester has some additional information, access, and credentials before a pen test engagement but approaches the test with a typical user's knowledge of the application environment and tech stack.
Who needs mobile application penetration testing?All businesses that use mobile applications within their organization should implement regular mobile application penetration testing in their security practices to ensure proactive data protection of sensitive computer systems and corporate data assets.
What are the parameters of testing in a mobile app security test?
Penetration testers inspect many different application functionalities, but the main parameters are:
- Architecture design
- Network communication
- Data storage
- Authentication and session controls
- Misconfiguration errors in code
What are some of the top penetration testing tools used during a mobile app pen test?
Some of the most popular mobile application security testing tools used worldwide include:
- ImmuniWeb® Mobile Suite
- Zed Attack Proxy
- Micro Focus Fortify on Demand
- Android Debug Bridge
- Codified Security
- WhiteHat Security
- Mobile Security Framework (MobSF)
- Invicti (formerly Netsparker)
How does mobile application security testing services differ from mobile application penetration testing? Mobile Application Security Testing (MAST) is a category term that encompasses the different processes and methodologies of testing the security of a mobile application including penetration testing, automated mobile application security testing, Bug Bounties and crowd-sourced app security testing. Mobile application penetration testing is strictly the testing of a mobile application with the intent to find and exploit vulnerabilities.