Posts Tagged ‘Dynamic Source Code Analysis’


75 percent of mobile app fail basic security tests

Through 2015, more than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests, according to Gartner, Inc. Enterprise employees download from app stores and use mobile applications that can access enterprise assets or perform business functions, and these applications have little or no security assurances. These applications are exposed to attacks and violations of enterprise security policies.

Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are vulnerable to security breaches unless they adopt methods and technologies for mobile application security testing and risk assurance. Most enterprises are inexperienced in mobile application security. Even when application security testing is undertaken, it is often done casually by developers who are mostly concerned with the functionality of applications, not their security.

Existing static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) vendors solution will be inadequate unless willing to  modify and adjust these technologies to address mobile application cases and meet mobile application security testing challenges. Although SAST and DAST have been used for the past six to eight years and have become reasonably mature, mobile testing is a new space, even for these technologies. In addition to SAST and DAST, a new type of test, behavioral analysis, is emerging for mobile applications. The testing technology monitors a running application to detect malicious and/or risky behavior exhibited by an application in the background (e.g., when an audio player application plays music — at the same time, it also accesses a user’s contact list or geolocation, and initiates data transmission to some external IP address).

Testing the client layer — the code and graphical user interface (GUI) — of the mobile application that runs on the mobile device is not  enough. The server layer should be tested as well. Mobile clients communicate with servers to access an enterprise’s applications and databases. Failure to protect a server poses the risk of losing the data of hundreds of thousands of users from the enterprise’s databases. Code and user interfaces of these server-side applications should therefore be tested with SAST and DAST technologies.

Today, more than 90 percent of enterprises use third-party commercial applications for their mobile BYOD strategies, and this is where current major application security testing efforts should be applied. App stores are filled with applications that mostly prove their advertised usefulness. Nevertheless, enterprises and individuals should not use them without paying attention to their security. They should download and use only those applications that have successfully passed security tests conducted by specialized application security testing vendors.

By 2017, the focus of endpoint breaches will shift to tablets and smartphones. Enterprises should focus on data protection on mobile devices through usable and efficient solutions, such as application containment (via wrapping, software development kits or hardening).

Through 2017, 75 percent of mobile security breaches will be the result of mobile application misconfigurations, rather than the outcome of deeply technical attacks on mobile devices. A classic example of misconfiguration is the misuse of personal cloud service through apps residing on smartphones and tablets. When used to convey enterprise data, these apps lead to data leaks that the organization remains unaware for the vast majority.

E-SPIN End to End Mobile App Security Testing as a Service or Solution Package

E-SPIN’s Mobile App Security Testing service provides a detailed security analysis of your phone or tablet based app. A key feature of this service is commercial grade mobile application security testing tool will be used for systematic, automated and scalability approach to uncovers many more issues than human tests alone, in the large scale and continuous comparison required across the testing period.

Depend on the services or Solution Requirement scope, E-SPIN can be bundled with HTML5 Mobile Application Testing with your web application security testing as part of the bundled. The same is to cover the Server Operating System Vulnerability Assessment, Database Security Testing to provide comprehensive and end to end security testing. For customer with the Source Code intent to go thru Secure Code Review, can discuss about the scope and platform, E-SPIN can be deliver the entire solution as a Services, or solution package involved supply, training and active maintenance.

Cost & Duration

The duration of a test depends on the size and complexity of an app, but can start from 6 days (approx four days testing, two writing up).

To discuss your particular requirements, please contact us by email info(a)e-spincorp.com or phone our regional offices and partners.

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Advantages of using AcuSensor Technology

  • Ability to provide more information about the vulnerability, such as source code line number, stack trace, affected SQL query.
  • Allows you to locate and fix the vulnerability faster because of the ability to provide more information about the vulnerability, such as source code line number, stack trace, affected SQL query, etc.
  • Significantly reduces false positives when scanning a website because it understands the behavior of the web application better.
  • Can alert you of web application configuration problems which could result in a vulnerable application or expose sensitive information. E.g. If ‘custom errors’ are enabled in .NET, this could expose sensitive application details to a malicious user.
  • It can advise you how to better secure your web application and web server settings, e.g. if write access is enabled on the web server.
  • Detects many more SQL injection vulnerabilities. Previously SQL injection vulnerabilities could only be found if database errors were reported or via other common techniques.
  • Ability to detect SQL Injection vulnerabilities in all SQL statements, including in SQL INSERT statements. With a black box scanner such SQL injection vulnerabilities cannot be found.
  • Ability to know about all the files present and accessible through the web server. If an attacker will gain access to the website and create a backdoor file in the application directory, the file will be found and scanned when using the AcuSensor Technology and you will be alerted.
  • AcuSensor Technology is able to intercept all web application inputs and build a comprehensive list with all possible inputs in the website and test them.
  • No need to write URL rewrite rules when scanning web applications which use search engine friendly URL’s! Using the AcuSensor Technology the scanner is able to rewrite SEO URL’s on the fly.
  • Ability to test for arbitrary file creation and deletion vulnerabilities. E.g. Through a vulnerable script a malicious user can create a file in the web application directory and execute it to have privileged access, or delete sensitive web application files.
  • Ability to test for email injection. E.g. A malicious user may append additional information such as a list or recipients or additional information to the message body to a vulnerable web form, to spam a large number of recipients anonymously.
  • Ability to test for file upload forms vulnerabilities. E.g. A malicious user can bypass file upload form validation checks and upload a malicious file and execute it.
  • Unlike other vulnerabilities reported in typical scans, a vulnerability reported by the AcuSensor Technology contains much more detailed information. It can contain details such as source code line number, POST variable value, stack trace, affected SQL query etc. A vulnerability reported by the AcuSensor Technology, will be marked with ‘(AS)’ in the title.

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