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The Mobile Application Hacker's Handbook

Dominic Chell, Tyrone Erasmus, Shaun Colley, Ollie Whitehouse

ISBN: 978-1-118-95850-6 February 2015 816 Pages


See your app through a hacker's eyes to find the real sources of vulnerability

The Mobile Application Hacker's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to securing all mobile applications by approaching the issue from a hacker's point of view. Heavily practical, this book provides expert guidance toward discovering and exploiting flaws in mobile applications on the iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone platforms. You will learn a proven methodology for approaching mobile application assessments, and the techniques used to prevent, disrupt, and remediate the various types of attacks. Coverage includes data storage, cryptography, transport layers, data leakage, injection attacks, runtime manipulation, security controls, and cross-platform apps, with vulnerabilities highlighted and detailed information on the methods hackers use to get around standard security.

Mobile applications are widely used in the consumer and enterprise markets to process and/or store sensitive data. There is currently little published on the topic of mobile security, but with over a million apps in the Apple App Store alone, the attack surface is significant. This book helps you secure mobile apps by demonstrating the ways in which hackers exploit weak points and flaws to gain access to data.

  • Understand the ways data can be stored, and how cryptography is defeated
  • Set up an environment for identifying insecurities and the data leakages that arise
  • Develop extensions to bypass security controls and perform injection attacks
  • Learn the different attacks that apply specifically to cross-platform apps

IT security breaches have made big headlines, with millions of consumers vulnerable as major corporations come under attack. Learning the tricks of the hacker's trade allows security professionals to lock the app up tight. For better mobile security and less vulnerable data, The Mobile Application Hacker's Handbook is a practical, comprehensive guide.

Introduction xxxi

Chapter 1 Mobile Application (In)security 1

Chapter 2 Analyzing iOS Applications 17

Chapter 3 Attacking iOS Applications 69

Chapter 4 Identifying iOS Implementation Insecurities 133

Chapter 5 Writing Secure iOS Applications 149

Chapter 6 Analyzing Android Applications 173

Chapter 7 Attacking Android Applications 247

Chapter 8 Identifying and Exploiting Android Implementation Issues 353

Chapter 9 Writing Secure Android Applications 427

Chapter 10 Analyzing Windows Phone Applications 459

Chapter 11 Attacking Windows Phone Applications 511

Chapter 12 Identifying Windows Phone Implementation Issues 587

Chapter 13 Writing Secure Windows Phone Applications 629

Chapter 14 Analyzing BlackBerry Applications 647

Chapter 15 Attacking BlackBerry Applications 681

Chapter 16 Identifying BlackBerry Application Issues 693

Chapter 17 Writing Secure BlackBerry Applications 705

Chapter 18 Cross]Platform Mobile Applications 729

Index 743

“..there is a shocking lack of published material on the topic of mobile security. The Mobile Application Hacker’s Handbook seeks to change this and be a positive movement to educating others in the topic of mobile security awareness.” (Vigilance-Security Magazine, March 2015)

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