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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

Data backup acquisition

The one way we studied is forensic examination using physical acquisition and the other way is to perform forensic examination on data backups. This method is very feasible when a device is not accessible. The Apple mobile users have the option to keep a complete backup of the device on a computer or iCloud using iTunes. The user can also specify what to include in backups.

The computer on which the iPhone backups are synced will contain a wealth of information about the user's device. Therefore, a search warrant can be obtained to seize a computer on which the data backups are kept.

When you connect your iPhone to the computer, iTunes starts by default and initiates the synchronization process as follows:

If you want to disable the automatic synchronization process in order to avoid any unintended data exchange, you can disable it from the iTunes Preferences option before connecting device.

Follow the steps to disable the auto sync option in iTunes:

  1. Navigate to iTunes...