Mobile User Experience Options When SSL Certificate Mismatch is Detected
Learn how to customize the App Compromise Notification that will display to a mobile user if Appdome detects a certificate pinning mismatch (ie: if a digital certificate presents a public key to the app which differs from that of the pinned certificate).
Certificate Pinning Explained
Digital Certificates are usually verified against intermediate CA certificates, which are then verified against root CA certificates. Root CA certificates are normally stored on a device’s trusted CA store.
Certificate Pinning is the process in which an app stores specific certificates or public key hashes in the app itself, thereby foregoing the verification process as described above. With certificate pinning, the app verifies a server certificate or CA certificate it received directly against the stored certificate or public key hash. If there is a mismatch, the session will be dropped and an App Compromise Notification will be displayed to the mobile user.
Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features like Secure Certificate Pinning to Android and iOS apps without coding. This KB shows mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals how to use Appdome’s simple ‘click to build’ user interface to quickly and easily customize the App Compromise notification message when Appdome detects a Certificate Pinning mismatch.
3 Easy Steps to Notify Users If SSL Certificate Mismatch Detected
Please follow these 3 easy steps to Notify Mobile Users if SSL Certificate Mismatch is Detected.
- Upload an Android or iOS App to Appdome’s no code security platform (.apk, .aab, or .ipa)
- In the Build Tab, under Security, expand Secure Communication, switch ON Trusted Session, switch ON SecureAPI
- Enter a Service Domain
- Select a Pinning Scheme
- Add Certificate(s)
- Enable Threat Events and customize the Certificate Pinning Mismatch Message notification.
- Click Build My App
Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to protect Android and iOS apps. When a user clicks “Build My App,” Appdome leverages a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of security plugins, and an adaptive code generation engine that matches the correct required plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.
Here’s what you need to build secured apps with App Compromise Notifications.
- Appdome account (If you don’t have an Appdome account, create a free Appdome account here)
- Mobile App (.ipa for iOS, or .apk or .aab for Android)
- Signing Credentials (e.g., signing certificates and provisioning profile)
- Trusted/approved SSL Certificates for your orgniazation
No Coding Dependency
How to Sign & Publish Secured Mobile Apps Built on Appdome
After successfully securing your app using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:
- Signing Secure iOS and Android apps
- Customizing, Configuring & Branding Secure Mobile Apps
- Deploying/Publishing Secure mobile apps to Public or Private app stores
Or, see this quick reference Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
Troubleshooting Tips – Learn the Differences between a Mobile App ‘Crashing’ and ‘Closing’
It’s important to understand the differences between apps ‘crashing’ and ‘closing’. In short, when an app crashes, it shuts down due to a bug or defect in the code. Crashing is unintentional. There may be times when a mobile app will close/shut down unexpectedly in response to a detected mobile threat, particularly if the app has been secured with certain features from Appdome’s Mobile App Security suite. In such cases, the behavior is intentional and expected. For example, for apps protected by Jailbreaking/ Rooting Prevention, when the app detects that it is running on a device that has been rooted or jailbroken, the default behavior is for the app to shut itself down in order to protect itself, as well as to protect the mobile user and data. Read this KB to understand the most common reasons for an Appdome-secured app to shut itself down.
How Do I Learn More?
Check out the KB article on Appdome Mobile Security Suite
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