STARWEST 2013: Security Testing Mobile Applications

Jeff Payne, Coveros

Due to the sensitive nature of the personal information often stored on mobile phones, security testing is vital when building mobile applications. Jeff Payne discusses some of the characteristics that make testing mobile applications unique and challenging. These characteristics include how mobile devices store data, fluid trust boundaries due to untrusted applications installed on the device, different and unique aspects of device security models, and differences in the types of threats one must be concerned with. Jeff shares hints and tips for effectively testing mobile applications. Tips include how to test for data privacy, secure session management, the presence of malicious applications, and traditional application security vulnerabilities. Leave with an understanding of what it takes to security test your mobile applications.

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