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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

Setting up exploitation lab

We will use the Metasploit framework for this exploitation exercise. If you haven't used it yet, Metasploit framework is an open source penetration testing tool that has the largest database of tested public exploits. We will see Metasploit framework's basic usage limited to iOS exploitation.

We can use Metasploit separately but the best way would be to use the Kali Linux distribution, which is specially made for security auditing and comes with an already installed Metasploit. The procedure to use Kali Linux in VirtualBox is the same for both Windows and Mac.

Let's follow the given steps to install Kali Linux in VirtualBox:

  1. Download the Kali Linux ISO image from and create a new virtual machine:

  2. Set the RAM to 1024 MB. You can set it more as per your hardware configuration:

  3. Let's keep the storage size around 20 GB. You can set it more or less as per your choice:

  4. Once the virtual machine has been started, select the downloaded Kali Linux's ISO...