How to Detect Hooking Frameworks in iOS Apps

Last updated March 21, 2024 by Appdome

Learn to Detect Hooking Frameworks in iOS apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.

What is Hooking?

A hook is a means of executing custom code (function) either before, after, or instead of existing code. For example, a function may be written to “hook” into the login process of a mobile application and alter the authentication workflow, by requesting users to enter their social security number or re-type their password. Fraudsters use dynamic instrumentation toolkits such as Frida to hook into the application, interact with the running processes, and inject their own JavaScript code, thus replacing the original code.

How Appdome Protects iOS Apps from Hooking Frameworks?

Appdome’s Detect Hooking Frameworks feature detects and prevents common hooking methods and frameworks that attempt to intercept function/method calls, messages, or API calls and then modify their instructions or output. Appdome also detects any code injected into the app’s process memory and prevents it from running.

Prerequisites for Using Hooking Frameworks:

To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Detect Hooking Frameworks , you’ll need:

Detect Hooking Frameworks on iOS apps using Appdome

On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending iOS Apps that Detect Hooking Frameworks 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. iOS Formats: .ipa
    4. Hooking Frameworks Compatible With: Obj-C, C+, Java, Swift, Flutter, React Native, Unity, Xamarin, Cordova and more
  2. Build the feature: Hooking Frameworks.

    1. Building Hooking Frameworks by using Appdome’s DEV-API:

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

        Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Hooking Frameworks 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 Hooking Frameworks feature via Appdome Console, to add the Hooking Frameworks 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 Hooking Frameworks feature via Appdome Console

      To build the Hooking Frameworks protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.

      1. Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Anti Fraud Tab > Mobile Malware Prevention section.
      2. When you enable Prevent Code Injection you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Hooking Frameworks

        Fusion Set applied Hooking Frameworks

        Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Hooking Frameworks protection

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

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured iOS Apps by using Hooking Frameworks. 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 Hooking Frameworks

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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