Android Mobile Penetration Testing Checklist

Aditya Chauhan
2 min readFeb 14, 2023

Mobile penetration testing is an essential process to ensure the security of mobile applications. Penetration testing involves assessing the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of mobile applications and exploiting them to simulate real-world attacks. A mobile pen testing checklist can help testers to organize their testing and ensure that all potential vulnerabilities are covered. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive mobile pen testing checklist for both Android and iOS platforms to help testers conduct effective mobile pen testing.

Android Mobile Penetration Testing Checklist:

1.Application Details and Environment:

  • Application Name, version, and package name
  • Application architecture
  • Operating system and software versions
  • Hardware specifications
  • Network configurations
  • Permissions required

2.Authentication and Authorization:

  • Login screens and credentials
  • Session management
  • Storage of authentication data
  • Encryption of sensitive data

3.Input Validation:

  • Data validation on client-side and server-side
  • SQL injection vulnerabilities
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities
  • Command injection vulnerabilities

4.Cryptography and Data Storage:

  • Secure storage of sensitive data
  • Encryption of data at rest and in transit
  • Key management and secure storage of keys
  • Certificate pinning

5.Network Communication:

  • Network protocols and APIs used
  • SSL certificate validation
  • Secure communication channels
  • Protection against man-in-the-middle attacks

6.Reverse Engineering:

  • Obfuscation and hardening techniques
  • Code analysis and reverse engineering techniques
  • Debugging prevention techniques
  • Anti-tampering techniques

7.Third-party Libraries and Components:

  • Outdated or vulnerable libraries or components
  • Known vulnerabilities in third-party libraries or components
  • Misconfigured or insecurely configured third-party libraries or components

8.Data Leakage and Privacy:

  • Leaking of sensitive information
  • User privacy protection
  • Data leakage prevention techniques
  • Application permissions and data access controls

iOS Mobile Penetration Testing Checklist:

1.Application Details and Environment:

  • Application Name, version, and bundle identifier
  • Operating system and software versions
  • Hardware specifications
  • Network configurations
  • Permissions required

2.Authentication and Authorization:

  • Login screens and credentials
  • Session management
  • Storage of authentication data
  • Encryption of sensitive data

3.Input Validation:

  • Data validation on client-side and server-side
  • SQL injection vulnerabilities
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities
  • Command injection vulnerabilities

4.Cryptography and Data Storage:

  • Secure storage of sensitive data
  • Encryption of data at rest and in transit
  • Key management and secure storage of keys
  • Certificate pinning

5.Network Communication:

  • Network protocols and APIs used
  • SSL certificate validation
  • Secure communication channels
  • Protection against man-in-the-middle attacks

6.Reverse Engineering:

  • Obfuscation and hardening techniques
  • Code analysis and reverse engineering techniques
  • Debugging prevention techniques
  • Anti-tampering techniques

7.Third-party Libraries and Components:

  • Outdated or vulnerable libraries or components
  • Known vulnerabilities in third-party libraries or components
  • Misconfigured or insecurely configured third-party libraries or components

8.Data Leakage and Privacy:

  • Leaking of sensitive information
  • User privacy protection
  • Data leakage prevention techniques
  • Application permissions and data access controls

Conclusion:

Mobile penetration testing is an essential process for ensuring the security of mobile applications. A mobile pen testing checklist can help testers to organize their testing and ensure that all potential vulnerabilities are covered. The checklist provided in this blog is not exhaustive, and testers should always consider the specific context of the mobile application being tested. By following a comprehensive checklist and staying up-to-date with the latest security trends and threats, pen testers can help to ensure that mobile applications are secure and protected from potential attacks.

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Aditya Chauhan

ISO 27001 LA | VAPT | Synack Red Teamer | HTB Dante | HTB RASTA | HTB Cybernetics | HTB Offshore | HTB APTLabs | Cyber Security Analyst | Security Researcher