Basic Mobile Testing guide

Guide for setting up a mobile app test

Download IPA from IOS

Install app from the app store.

Login via ssh to the jailbroken iphone

cd /var/containers/Bundle/Application

Find the application on the phone

ls * | grep -B 2 -i 'applicationname'
cd long-string

Now install zip

apt update
apt install zip

Now compress the app folder as a zip file and name it .ipa

mkdir Payload 
cp Payload/
zip -r /tmp/applicationname.ipa /var/containers/Bundle/Application/longstring/Payload/

Then copy to your attacker machine

~# scp root@192.168.x.x:/tmp/applicationname.ipa .

Unzip and review the contents


Now you are free to send through mobSF etc.

Static Analysis

Check for bad strings

grep -iRf thickclient-basic.txt /root/Downloads/_decompileapkname_ 


First install docker on whichever system you are using.

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
echo 'deb stretch stable' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list
apt-get update
apt-get install docker-ce

Install MOBSF

docker pull opensecurity/mobile-security-framework-mobsf
docker run -it -p 8000:8000 opensecurity/mobile-security-framework-mobsf:latest

Upload .ipa/.apk and review results.

Check permissions and review all MOBSF findings

  • Review static files

  • Review permissions

Dynamic Analysis


Open burpsuite

Add proxy listener on all interfaces

Modify the proxy settings on the Android device to point to your Burp listening machine.

Ensure you save the settings.

Now you can intercept traffic to and from the app.

  • Walk the app and capture all of the traffic, once completed review proxy history and test accordingly.

  • Review data storage of app.

Endpoint Analysis

Review proxy history and follow typical API/ web application methodology to test.

Reverse Engineering IOS

$ strings appname | grep “<?xml”
$ strings appname | grep “SELECT” (or select, insert, update… etc)
$ strings appname | grep “http”
$ strings appname | grep “cydia” (and others, to check for jailbreak tests)
$ strings appname | grep “.com” (you never know, email addresses might be interesting)
$ strings appname | grep “Crypt” (this will also show AESCrypt, for example)

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