How to Prevent Viewing Internal IP Addresses

Last updated January 14, 2024 by Appdome

Learn to Prevent Viewing internal IP addresses in Mobile apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.

What is IP Address Visibility?

IP address visibility is important when you are auditing the IP addresses your application uses. Auditing IP addresses is useful in several cases. For example, large companies with subsidiaries and partnerships, may use auditing to scan your IP address ranges with the purpose of identifying which ranges belong to a core business, subsidiaries, or joint ventures.

When Should I Enable IP Address Visibility?

When an application establishes a connection Appdome may generate an internal IP address for the app and then translate the IP address back to the actual address when traffic leaves the app (a form of Network Address Translation or NAT). Building an app with Appdome IP address visibility into the app ensures that the actual IP address of the destinations are reported to the app.

Prerequisites for Using IP Address Visibility:

To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Prevent Viewing internal IP addresses , you’ll need:

Prevent Viewing internal IP addresses on Mobile apps using Appdome

On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending Mobile Apps that Prevent Viewing internal IP addresses without an SDK or gateway:

  1. Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.

    1. Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System

    2. Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
    3. Mobile App Formats: .ipa for iOS, or .apk or .aab for Android
    4. IP Address Visibility Compatible With: Obj-C, C+, Java, JS, C#, C++, Swift, Kotlin, Flutter, React Native, Unity, Xamarin, and more
  2. Build the feature: IP Address Visibility.

    1. Building IP Address Visibility by using Appdome’s DEV-API:

      1. Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the IP Address Visibility feature as shown below:
      2. fusion set that contains IP Address Visibility

        Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the IP Address Visibility feature
        Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).

      3. Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the IP Address Visibility feature via Appdome Console, to add the IP Address Visibility feature to this Fusion Set.

      4. Open the Fusion Set Detail Summary by clicking the “...” symbol on the far-right corner of the Fusion Set, as shown in Figure 1 above, and get the Fusion Set ID from the Fusion Set Detail Summary (as shown below): fusion Set Detail Summary image

        Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
        Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).

      5. Follow the instructions below to use the Fusion Set ID inside any standard mobile DevOps or CI/CD toolkit like Bitrise, App Center, Jenkins, Travis, Team City, Cirlce CI or other system:
        1. Build an API for the app – for instructions, see the tasks under Appdome API Reference Guide
        2. Look for sample APIs in Appdome’s GitHub Repository
    2. Building the IP Address Visibility feature via Appdome Console

      To build the IP Address Visibility protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.

      1. Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > Secure Communication section.
      2. When you select the IP Address Visibility you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains IP Address Visibility

        Fusion Set applied IP Address Visibility

        Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added IP Address Visibility protection

      3. Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
    Congratulations!  The IP Address Visibility protection is now added to the mobile app

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Mobile Apps by using IP Address Visibility. There is no SDK and no library to code or implement in the app and no gateway to deploy in your network. All protections are built into each app and the resulting app is self-defending and self-protecting.

Releasing and Publishing Mobile Apps with IP Address Visibility

After successfully securing your app by using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:

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