There are numerous reasons for an enterprise to create mobile apps and deploy them. While some of these apps facilitate internal processes with the enterprise by assisting staff in their work, other apps are commercial products that have been customized as per the needs of the enterprise. Any vulnerabilities in these apps can be exploited by hackers to gain unauthorized access to confidential information about enterprises. Organizations thus carry out a routine for mobile applications annual security.
Following are some of the major challenges in mobile application security:
Impact of App Store Delay on Security Response Time
Generally, app stores are used for distributing mobile apps. While some enterprises distribute their internal apps through these stores, some others have their own stores where apps can be loaded. While distributing apps through public stores, one should know that approval of these apps can take a long time and there is no guarantee for the same. This is an important concern while employing mobile application security testing services.
If there is a vulnerability in the code of a mobile app, time taken for deploying a fixed version of the app to users varies depending on whether it is distributed in public stores or internal stores. When distributed through public stores, it may take several weeks for fixed version of the app to be available. As a result, users will take months to upgrade this app and some of them might not even consider upgrading it.
Privacy Liability Created by Libraries from Third Parties
Libraries from third parties are often used while building mobile apps. Code from these libraries is implemented in these apps to add features such as push messaging, advertisements, authentication, cryptography, crash reporting and analytics. Developers of the app carefully incorporate this code in it. The code then works with the app’s permission. However, some actions of this code may expose the organization to unknown risks such as unwanted access to private information about users.
Unexpected Changes in App Behavior
Apps provided by third parties can sometimes change their behavior, even the organization does not want that. For instance, an online shopping app sometimes crashes when it does not have access to location of the user. It then sends a crash report requesting permission to access this information. However, if it crashes again, user location is retrieved by crash report and can be easily accessed by hackers as there are not many privacy regulations on crash reports.
A mobile application security audit company needs to deal with the above mentioned challenges to prevent hackers from accessing corporate information.