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Learning iOS Penetration Testing

By : Swaroop Yermalkar
Book Image

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

The iOS filesystem

Hierarchical File System (HFS) is a new filesystem that was developed by Apple in 1996. All Apple mobile devices use HFSX as the filesystem. The HSFX filesystem is a variation of the HFS plus filesystem. The major difference between HFS plus and HFSX filesystem is that HFSX is case sensitive:

On the other side, HSF plus is not case sensitive as shown in the following:

There are basically two ways to acquire forensics data from iPhone devices, as shown in the following:

  • Physical acquisition (live forensics)

  • Data backup acquisition

We will study the overview of both techniques.