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Learning iOS Penetration Testing

By : Swaroop Yermalkar
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Learning iOS Penetration Testing

By: Swaroop Yermalkar

Overview of this book

iOS has become one of the most popular mobile operating systems with more than 1.4 million apps available in the iOS App Store. Some security weaknesses in any of these applications or on the system could mean that an attacker can get access to the device and retrieve sensitive information. This book will show you how to conduct a wide range of penetration tests on iOS devices to uncover vulnerabilities and strengthen the system from attacks. Learning iOS Penetration Testing discusses the common vulnerabilities and security-related shortcomings in an iOS application and operating system, and will teach you to conduct static and dynamic analysis of iOS applications. This practical guide will help you uncover vulnerabilities in iOS phones and applications. We begin with basics of iOS security and dig deep to learn about traffic analysis, code analysis, and various other techniques. Later, we discuss the various utilities, and the process of reversing and auditing.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning iOS Penetration Testing
Foreword – Why Mobile Security Matters
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Chapter 1. Introducing iOS Application Security


"The bigger and more popular you are, the more attacks you are going to receive"


One of the most popular mobile operating system is iOS. Currently, there are millions of iOS apps with billions of downloads. Along with popularity, there are many insecurities introduced in iOS applications. These insecurities make the user himself a threat. We will cover all the important aspects of iOS application security. We will start from basic iOS app development concepts and then move towards the concepts related to the iOS application security.

In this chapter, we will look at the following topics:

  • Basics of iOS and app development

  • Developing and deploying iOS apps

  • The iOS security model

  • The iOS security architecture

  • The iOS secure boot chain

  • The iOS application signing

  • The iOS application sandboxing

  • OWASP Top 10 Mobile Risks