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Mobile App Security For Automotive Apps

Lock The Doors On Hackers: Secure Your Automotive App

Car owners used to have one main concern: thieves smashing the window of their car and stealing it. As the number of connected vehicles keeps increasing, a new big challenge arises: attackers hacking the automotive app.  

Vulnerable apps connected to automotive vehicles can create safety issues, expose sensitive customer information and raise the risk for ID theft and fraud. It is, therefore, vital that you protect these apps against a range of attack vectors. 

Did you know? The three most common attack vectors for connected cars are keyless entry systems, servers, and mobile apps.

Source: UPSTREAM SECURITY’S GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE CYBERSECURITY REPORT 2020

Car owners used to have one main concern: thieves smashing the window of their car and stealing it. As the number of connected vehicles keeps increasing, a new big challenge arises: attackers hacking the automotive app.  

Vulnerable apps connected to automotive vehicles can create safety issues, expose sensitive customer information and raise the risk for ID theft and fraud. It is, therefore, vital that you protect these apps against a range of attack vectors. 

Did you know? The three most common attack vectors for connected cars are keyless entry systems, servers, and mobile apps.

Source: UPSTREAM SECURITY’S GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE CYBERSECURITY REPORT 2020

Protect Sensitive App Data, Keys And Unique Identifiers

Keyless entry systems are one of the three most common attack vectors for connected cars.

Leaving cryptographic keys easily accessible in your app is no better than leaving your car key on top of your tire. Providers of automotive apps need to find a good way to safeguard sensitive app assets – because if an attacker extracts them, the entire security of the app collapses. Hardcoding assets directly into the source code is not a secure option, but also not uncommon.

In our Tesla case study, we found that authentication tokens were stored unprotected in the app. An attacker getting access to such app assets would provide them with the ability to track the car, unlock it and enable the keyless driving functionality. 

The App Asset Protection suite by Promon SHIELD™ lets you store sensitive app data in a secure and encrypted manner. It fit scenarios where you need to: encrypt fixed data at rest during build-time of your app and encrypt dynamic data at the app’s runtime. 

Protect Against Reverse Engineering And Tampering

Connected vehicles and their apps create a seamless driving experience for car owners. But if the automotive app is not protected, attackers can reverse engineer and tamper with it to steal user input and credentials, IP, and personally identifiable information, and give hackers a way to communicate with the back-end servers.

Promon SHIELD™ will protect your app against threats and tools and adds multiple layers of security controls to make an attacker’s job much more time-consuming and expensive.

Protect Against Malware Takeover

Hackers can download and modify an app and redistribute a fake malware-infected version of it in order to steal user credentials and take control of the account. By misusing the operating system features, malware can use methods such as screen-readers (accessibility services and tools) to steal personal data or credentials. Performing actions on behalf of the user – such as unlocking the door of your car – becomes possible once the app is not self-defending against hijacking via for example code injection and repackaging.

Promon SHIELD™ offers the market’s most comprehensive control and protection of the app’s process in-depth. Promon SHIELD™  protects against malware techniques running on the device trying to inject into your app and blocks it from stealing sensitive user data.

Why Automotive App Publishers Choose Us

Our software is quick to deploy and allows organizations to release protected apps - without affecting the development timeline

Promon SHIELD™ protects your apps while maintaining an optimal user experience. You won’t even notice it’s there!

Since 2006, we have been pioneers in app security and delivered world-leading security software to many valuable brands around the globe.

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Comprehensive App Security For Automotive Apps

PROTECT

Impede attackers’ attempts to reverse-engineer and modify your app. Promon SHIELD™ makes it more difficult for attackers to spoof your app, tamper with its security controls or perform other nefarious activities.

Obfuscation
App binding
Repackaging detection
Store data encrypted on end-users devices
Binding the data to be encrypted to the device
Whitebox backed encryption of data
Strong device binding / Fingerprinting
Automatic protection of your app assets
Suits a number of use cases where sensitive data must exist in the published app

DETECT

Monitor your mobile app’s runtime behavior. Detect whether the app is executing in an insecure environment such as on a rooted (Android) or jailbroken (iOS) device. Mitigate the risks of overlay attacks, debuggers, emulators, and other means by which attackers examine, penetrate, and compromise a mobile app.

Ensure app is running in safe environment
Debugger detection
Jailbreak / Root detection
Emulator detection
Detect if apps from untrusted sources are installed on a device (Android only)
Ensure app is not altered or tampered with (e.g. by malware) at runtime
Detection & protection against StrandHogg exploits
Checksum
Protection against Accessibility API abuse / UI Spoofing (overlay attacks/screen readers)
Resource verification
Hook detection

REACT

Upon detecting malicious activity, an app protected by Promon SHIELD™ will modify its behavior in real time to interrupt potential attacks. Response actions include blocking execution of injected code, notifying security administrators, and terminating the infected app to stop the execution of a compromised app.

Integrity checking
Custom reactions
Screenshot detection / blocking
Anti keylogging
Anti screenreading
Alert / reporting
Blocking external screens
Prevent brute force decryption of sensitive information
Easy Deployment!

You can easily turn your automotive app into a self-protecting app.

Your Android and iOS apps can be quickly uploaded and secured in minutes by using our integration tool, or an SDK that is easily integrated into the app.

Once secured, the app is immediately ready for distribution via public app stores.

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