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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

iOS security model

In June 2015, Apple released its latest iOS security model. You can find the latest version of this guide at

If we look at iOS security guide, iOS provides security right from the hardware level, as shown in the following figure:

At high level, we can divide the preceding architecture in three parts as shown in the following figure:

Some key features of the iOS security model are as follows:

  • Security architecture is layered as hardware level, OS level, and application level

  • Encryption right from hardware/firmware level

  • Application sandboxing

  • Data protection using encryption

  • Code signing