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Quick Analysis: NHSX Contact Tracing App

May 11, 2020

When the NHSX contact tracing app was made available in the app stores last Thursday we decided to take a quick look at its operation and how the code has been put together. We used the Android version and the excellent MobSF tools to do our reversing analysis. On Friday the full source code of the app was also published on github.  Read Full Story

Approov Backend Quickstarts

April 29, 2020

Photo by Ankush Rathi from Pexels Editor's note: This post was originally published in April  2020 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. The latest update was in September 2020. Approov lets your mobile app prove to a backend API that it really is the official mobile app making the call, and that it is not running in an environment that may be compromised. Only requests from the apps that you specifically allow can make successful requests. Read Full Story

Approov Android Native Integration QuickStarts

April 28, 2020

Photo by Pathum Danthanarayana on Unsplash Our aim is to make the process of integrating Approov into your mobile app as simple as possible. Our Quickstart guides show you how to Approov into your app, tailored to whatever framework or programming style you’ve already adopted. In this blog we are going to cover the comprehensive options we have for Android Native app development. Read Full Story

How to Protect Against Certificate Pinning Bypassing

October 15, 2019

In my previous article, we saw how to bypass certificate pinning within a device you control and, as promised, we will now see how you can protect yourself against such an attack. In this article you will learn how to use a mobile app attestation service to protect your API server from accepting requests that come from a mobile app where certificate pinning has been bypassed. This means that even though the attacker has bypassed the certificate pinning, he will not be able to receive successful responses from the API server. Instead, the server will always return 401 responses, thus protecting your valuable data from getting into the wrong hands. Read Full Story

Bypassing Certificate Pinning

August 18, 2019

In a previous article we saw how to protect the https communication channel between a mobile app and an API server with certificate pinning, and as promised at the end of that article we will now see how to bypass certificate pinning. To demonstrate how to bypass certificate pinning we will use the same Currency Converter Demo mobile app that was used in the previous article. In this article you will learn how to repackage a mobile app in order to make it trust custom ssl certificates. This will allow us to bypass certificate pinning. Read Full Story

Securing HTTPS with Certificate Pinning on Android

June 26, 2019

  In a previous article we saw how we could steal an API key by performing a man in the middle (MitM) attack to intercept the https traffic between the mobile app and the API server. In this article we will learn how to mitigate this type of attack by using a technique known as certificate pinning. In order to demonstrate how to use certificate pinning for protecting the https traffic between your mobile app and your API server, we will use the same Currency Converter Demo mobile app that I used in the previous article. In this article we will learn what certificate pinning is, when to use it, how to implement it in an Android app, and how it can prevent a MitM attack. Read Full Story