How to Play Encrypted Media with AVPlayer on iOS Devices
Learn to Encrypt Secured media files in iOS apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.
Why does AVPlayer Fail to Play Protected Media Files?
iOS MediaPlayer runs on a separate process from the application. When Appdome TOTALDataTM Encryption is enabled, all stored data generated by the app is encrypted at runtime by using industry-standard AES 256 encryption (including media files). This means that when MediaPlayer attempts to read the encrypted media files, it will fail to decrypt the files because it does not have the private key. While in principle the app developer can re-write the code to work with use other methods than AVURLAsset/ file:// URL and make the code “aware” of the application’s encryption, this a technically challenging approach and in most cases, the application architecture does not allow using Content Providers. In other cases, the developer might not have access to the mobile app’s source code.
How does Appdome Enable Playing Protected Media Files ?
Appdome Smart Media Sharing enables capturing initial access to an encrypted media file by the application and replacing it with a temporary one-time file path. This ensures that the media player can securely access unencrypted data. This feature applies secure media files and content handoff to external and embedded media players. This secured handoff is completed on-demand and while the data is in transit.
Smart Media Sharing allows you to use standard POSIX file I/O, without any extra development effort, as an extension of Appdome TOTALDataTM Encryption. When building the app on Appdome, the developers can add a wide variety of features, SDKs, and APIs to Android and iOS apps and can choose any architecture and file I/O API.
Encrypting Secured media files on iOS apps by Using Appdome
On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending iOS Apps that Encrypt Secured media files without an SDK or gateway:
Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.
Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System
Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
iOS Formats: .ipa
Build the Protection: Smart Media Sharing.
Congratulations! The Smart Media Sharing protection is now added to the mobile app
Building Smart Media Sharing by using Appdome’s DEV-API:
Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Smart Media Sharing feature as shown below:
Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the Smart Media Sharing feature via Appdome Console, to add the Smart Media Sharing feature to this Fusion Set.
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):
Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).
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:
Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Smart Media Sharing feature
Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).
Building the Smart Media Sharing feature via Appdome Console
To build the Smart Media Sharing protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.
Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > TOTALData™ Encryption section
How: Toggle (turn ON) Smart Media Sharing, as shown below.
Figure 3: Encrypt Secured media files option
When you select the Smart Media Sharing you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Smart Media Sharing
Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Smart Media Sharing protection
Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
Certify the Smart Media Sharing feature in iOS Apps.
After building Smart Media Sharing, Appdome generates a Certified Secure™ certificate to guarantee that the Smart Media Sharing protection has been added and is protecting the app. To verify that the Smart Media Sharing protection has been added to the mobile app, locate the protection in the Certified Secure™ certificate as shown below:
Figure 5: Certified Secure™ certificate
Each Certified Secure™ certificate provides DevOps and DevSecOps organizations the entire workflow summary, audit trail of each build, and proof of protection that Smart Media Sharing has been added to each iOS app. Certified Secure provides instant and in-line DevSecOps compliance certification that Smart Media Sharing and other mobile app security features are in each build of the mobile app
Prerequisites to Using Smart Media Sharing:
To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Encrypt Secured media files , you’ll need:
- Appdome account (create a free Appdome account here)
- A license for Smart Media Sharing
- Mobile App (.ipa For iOS)
- Signing Credentials (see Signing Secure iOS and Android apps)
Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Apps by using Smart Media Sharing. 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 Smart Media Sharing
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:
- Customizing, Configuring & Branding Secure Mobile Apps
- Deploying/Publishing Secure mobile apps to Public or Private app stores
- Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
All apps protected by Appdome are fully compatible with any public app store, including Apple App Store, Google Play, Huawei App Gallery and more.
Protections Similar to Smart Media Sharing
Here are a few related resources:
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