Thick client application penetration testing

Testing thick client applications for security vulnerabilities requires expert manual penetration testing skills and a thoughtful, methodical approach. NetSPI’s thick client app penetration testing uses multi-vector cybersecurity testing to identify design and configuration weaknesses.


What does NetSPI test for?

NetSPI focuses on the following areas during thick client application penetration testing to ensure complete and comprehensive coverage.

Static Analysis

During the static analysis phase of testing, NetSPI reviews the following areas:

  • Service account roles and permissions (client, application server, database server)
  • Application file, folder, and registry permissions
  • Application service, provider, WMI subscription, task, and other permissions
  • Assembly compilation security flags
  • Protection of data in transit
  • Hardcoded sensitive data and authentication tokens (e.g. passwords, private keys)
  • Hardcoded encryption material (e.g. keys, IVs)
  • Use of insecure encryption and hashing algorithms
  • Database user roles and permissions
  • Database and server configurations

Dynamic Analysis

During the dynamic analysis phase of testing, NetSPI tests and reviews the following areas:

  • Authentication and authorization controls enforced on the client and server
  • Application user roles and permissions
  • Application workflow logic between GUI elements
  • Web services utilized by the application
  • File system changes including file and folder creation, deletion, and modification
  • Registry changes including creation, deletion, and modification of keys and values
  • Application objects and information stored in memory during runtime
  • Use of insecure encryption and hashing algorithms
  • Network protocols utilized by the application (e.g. SMB, FTP, TFTP)
  • Database connections

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