This Knowledge Base article explains how to use Appdome no-code mobile app security to implement secure certificate pinning in any mobile app.
Certificate Pinning is the process of embedding a host with its trusted X.509 certificate (or public key). An application which pins a certificate or public key no longer depends on external elements – (such as DNS or CAs) – when making security decisions relating to a peer server’s identity. In mobile, the most common form of certificate pinning is embedding the host certificate inside the mobile app to ensure that the server certificate is always trusted (ie: that it has not been modified by an attacker).
A host or service’s certificate or public key can be added to an application at development time, or it can be added upon first encountering the certificate or public key. The former – adding at development time – is preferred since preloading the certificate or public key out of band means the attacker cannot taint the pin by intercepting the session before the TLS handshake completes.
Learn how to implement Secure Certificate Pinning in any iOS and Android apps using Appdome – no code or coding required.
Appdome’s Secure Certificate Pinning automatically performs certificate validation by verifying the authenticity of the SSL/TLS certificates received from the server. This first occurs during the initial secure communication exchange (ie: the TLS/SSL handshake) between the app and a server.
Appdome allows developers to verify and pin certificates for specific domains in different methods. Each Service Domain can be configured using * as a wildcard value to impact multiple domains.
Below are the Certificate Pinning Schemes that can be configured using Appdome.
Appdome offers the following 3 mutually exclusive options (pinning profiles) to implement Secure Certificate Pinning in any iOS or Android app:
When you enable Appdome’s optional Protect Service Domains Only setting, Appdome will perform certificate validation only on the Service Domains that you specify. All other domains will not be inspected or validated. This provides you maximum flexibility to control the security posture of your app.
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Congratulations! You now have a mobile app fully integrated with Secure Certificate Pinning.
After you build your app, there are a few additional steps needed to complete your project.
How Do I Learn More?
Check out the comprehensive KB on Trusted Session to learn more detail about each component of Trusted Session.
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