Endpoint

10/5/2017
11:40 AM
Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto
Slideshows
50%
50%

10 Steps for Writing a Secure Mobile App

Best practices to avoid the dangers of developing vulnerability-ridden apps.
Previous
1 of 11
Next

Image Source: Pedrosek via Shutterstock

Image Source: Pedrosek via Shutterstock

More than 4 million mobile apps are currently in production, but only 29% on average are tested for bugs, and nearly a third of these contain significant vulnerabilities, according to a recent Ponemon Institute survey.

Enterprises, meanwhile, are expected to accelerate their mobile app development in the coming months, according to a recent Gartner survey. On average, enterprises deployed eight mobile apps from the start of the year, with nearly nine more on tap or planned through June, the survey found.

"Developers are less careful when developing apps for internal use because they want to develop it fast, so it can achieve some purpose," says Vivien Raoul, chief technical officer and co-founder of Pradeo, which recently published the Mobile Application Security Guide.

Whether enterprises are developing mobile apps for internal use or to aid customers in using their service, they face consequences if a mobile app is vulnerable security-wise. In addition, organizations whose apps are for customers stand the risk of getting hit with a civil complaint if the apps aren't up to snuff security-wise.

The Federal Trade Commission, for example, has been slapping companies with civil lawsuits over the way enterprises have handled the security of their mobile app development efforts. Enterprises that have felt the FTC's wrath include Upromise, Credit Karma, and Fandango.

Here are key steps for creating a secure enterprise mobile app:

 

Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 11
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security 2018
This Dark Reading Tech Digest explores the biggest news stories of 2018 that shaped the cybersecurity landscape.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-6345
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
The function number_format is vulnerable to a heap overflow issue when its second argument ($dec_points) is excessively large. The internal implementation of the function will cause a string to be created with an invalid length, which can then interact poorly with other functions. This affects all s...
CVE-2018-7603
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
In Drupal's 3rd party module search auto complete prior to versions 7.x-4.8 there is a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability. This Search Autocomplete module enables you to autocomplete textfield using data from your website (nodes, comments, etc.). The module doesn't sufficiently filter user-entered t...
CVE-2019-3554
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
Wangle's AcceptRoutingHandler incorrectly casts a socket when accepting a TLS 1.3 connection, leading to a potential denial of service attack against systems accepting such connections. This affects versions of Wangle prior to v2019.01.14.00
CVE-2019-3557
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
The implementations of streams for bz2 and php://output improperly implemented their readImpl functions, returning -1 consistently. This behavior caused some stream functions, such as stream_get_line, to trigger an out-of-bounds read when operating on such malformed streams. The implementations were...
CVE-2019-0030
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
Juniper ATP uses DES and a hardcoded salt for password hashing, allowing for trivial de-hashing of the password file contents. This issue affects Juniper ATP 5.0 versions prior to 5.0.3.