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Hi to all of you,
I've been asked to write guidelines on how to perform Penetration Testin over mobile devices.

Can you please provide me some help , in particular based on your experience the methodology and  tools you use .
Thank you
Carlo
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You can check out OWASP top ten mobile threats and the pentest scope should include them minimally in scope of appl checks. See checklist in https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Mobile_Security_Project

However, for a more comprehensive coverage of Penetration testing, it should include minimally
a) vulnerability scanning that covers network/OS scan and appl scans. The appl scan will cover whitebox check (source code, if avail) and blackbox check (dynamic exchanges with appl). The OWASP can be reference as mentioned earlier
b) manual check for weak spots in the mobile device/architecture/access control/configuration to further intrude so as to surface the potential damage to the whole mobile setup (leading to data breaches). primarily is also to verify the existing safeguards control in place  

Determine the scope of the pentest is important otherwise you need to cover check for the whole robustness of the security architecture, mobile OS (apples/Android/Windows Phone etc) and device hardening and services integrity. This is very different if just going for mobile appl pentest that is driven more from OWASP check as shared earlier. See one PT sharing on iPhone/Android platform.
https://www.owasp.org/images/4/40/Pentesting_Mobile_Applications.pdf

The final report of the mobile security PT should cover the scope, tools, rule of engagement, findings, severity of vulnerability, remediation action and risk acceptance (for findings not closed). have caveats that the testing does not introduce backdoor, bring outage or damage the target or compromise actual target sensitive (personal data) information.
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Thank you , this is an excellent point to start.
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