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How to MitM Attack the API of an Android App

May 1, 2021

Performing a MitM attack against an HTTPS channel requires the capability for the attacker to be able to add the proxy server Certificate Authority (CA) into the Trust Store of the device running the mobile app and a popular approach is to manually upload the CA to the device, but this comes with some challenges, that may require to root the device and/or repackage the mobile app. An easier way exists, and in this article I will show how to use an Android Emulator with a writable file system that will allow us to install the proxy certificate directly into the system trusted store, without the need to root the emulator or make changes in the mobile app. This is a hands on how to tutorial, that you can easily follow, even if you have not done a MitM attack before or you are just starting your developer Android journey. Read Full Story

Guest Blog: Alissa Knight on 'Standing Outside The FHIR'

April 22, 2021

We are delighted to be hosting some unique content from our friend and recovering hacker Alissa Knight who will be writing on the topic of healthcare API security. In this blog, Alissa provides a plain English explanation of FHIR from the perspective of a hacker. Enjoy! Read Full Story

React Native Automated Quickstart

April 12, 2021

The new React Native Approov Quickstart provides automated integration of Approov API threat protection for most React Native apps. Read Full Story

Closing Both Web and Mobile Doors To Automated Traffic

March 16, 2021

In this article we will look at the challenges of making sure that bots and other automated traffic can’t gain access to your backend systems, no matter how they try. Most enterprises offer services through their website and their mobile app and both attack surfaces must be considered. Ensuring that both channels are properly defended will prevent DDoS, credential stuffing, data scraping and other fraudulent exploits from occurring. Read Full Story

Approov Integration for Python FastAPI Backends

March 9, 2021

Python FastAPI framework’s first commit dates from 5th December 2018, followed by the first release on 25th December 2018. It was created by Sebastián Ramírez as a direct reflection of his several years of experience in creating APIs with complex requirements. Read Full Story

Clubhouse Needs A Bouncer

February 26, 2021

Even if you only have a vague interest in app security I’m sure the recent furore around Clubhouse hasn’t escaped your attention. There is significant buzz around this invite-only iOS app. Enabling live audio chat rooms between participants, it sets the expectation that these interactions are somewhat private and certainly not recorded.  With big celebrity names such as Elon Musk, Kanye West and Oprah Winfrey as users there is a significant demand for a coveted invite. Read Full Story

Building Your Gold Standard For Account Access

February 16, 2021

In this article we are going to look at the key use cases you should consider around protecting access to your users’ accounts and what you should think about when building your gold standard security to protect them. Read Full Story

Approov Flutter Quickstart

January 27, 2021

Flutter is one of the most popular development toolkits for building cross platform applications. Created by Google and open source it is targeted at the development of mobile apps for Android and iOS with full support for inclusion of native libraries. Flutter can also be used to build apps for the web and desktop, but our focus is on mobile apps. Read Full Story

Balancing Mobile App and API Protection

January 18, 2021

A common discussion that comes up with customers is how they should consider the security requirements of their mobile apps and of the APIs that service them. A recent incident involving Nissan provides a reminder of how easily best laid protections can unravel. Read Full Story

Approov Integration for Elixir Phoenix Channels Backends

January 15, 2021

The Elixir programming language was created by Jose Valim in 2012 as a research project at Plataformatec, the company he worked at the time. You can watch Elixir: The Documentary where he tells in the first person more about the motivations and reasons behind writing it. Read Full Story