We're Hiring!
We're Hiring!

How to Use the 2024 OWASP Mobile Top Ten & OWASP MASVS to Secure Your Mobile Apps

The OWASP Mobile Top 10 List, recently updated for the first time since 2016, highlights the most critical security risks for mobile applications in 2024. The list is designed to complement the Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS), which underwent an update in early 2023. This whitepaper offers insights into each vulnerability outlined in the updated OWASP Mobile Top 10, along with a discussion on MASVS guidelines and their integration with the Top 10. Its aim is to assist developers in using OWASP resources effectively to enhance the security of their mobile apps.

The OWASP MASVS project sets a security standard and offers a testing guide for mobile apps, including processes, techniques, and tools for security assessments, alongside comprehensive test cases for consistent results. Conversely, the OWASP Mobile Top 10 serves as a reference for critical mobile app security risks. Updating the Top 10 list is a meticulous process involving data collection, analysis, and validation with experts. 

Integrating the OWASP Mobile Top 10 and MASVS into the development lifecycle of mobile applications is crucial for ensuring comprehensive security measures. MASVS serves multiple purposes:

  • understanding mobile threat models and devising mitigation strategies,
  • guiding security-aware development,
  • facilitating risk-based testing using verification levels tailored to app use-case and risk profile,
  • serving as a checklist for procuring security solutions and assessing third-party mobile apps/components, and
  • establishing a standard for benchmarking security across apps.

The OWASP Mobile Top 10 serves as an initial assessment tool, signaling areas needing heightened security attention.

Approov Mobile Security offers a patented runtime shielding solution designed to safeguard APIs and the communication between apps and APIs from automated attacks. It employs a cryptographically signed "Approov token" to verify that the app has undergone the runtime shielding process successfully.


Download the full version of the white paper to:
  • gain comprehensive insights into each vulnerability highlighted in the latest OWASP Mobile Top 10, along with an overview of MASVS guidelines and their alignment with the Top 10.
  • see in detail how Approov Mobile Security offers robust protection against OWASP Mobile Top 10 vulnerabilities and addresses OWASP MASVS by securing app integrity, API secrets, and the communication channel to the server.

 OWASP Mobile Top 10 WP Cover


About the OWASP Foundation

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501(c)(3) worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. Our mission is to make software security visible so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. Everyone is free to participate in OWASP, and all of our materials are available under a free and open software license. You’ll find everything about OWASP linked from our wiki and current information on our OWASP Blog. OWASP does not endorse or recommend any product or service. This allows our community to remain vendor neutral with the collective wisdom of the best minds in software security worldwide.

© 2024 Approov Limited

Download the full version of the white paper


OWASP Mobile Top 10 WP Cover



Contact us for a live demo

Our security experts will show you how to protect your revenue and business data by deploying Approov Mobile Security.