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Tamper-proof jailbreak detection for mobile devices

Arxan Technologies : 14 October, 2013  (New Product)
Designed for mobile devices used in enterprise environments, new jailbreak detection software protects companies from fraud and data loss
Tamper-proof jailbreak detection for mobile devices

Arxan Technologies has announced its latest anti-fraud innovations in protecting the mobile enterprise with new tamper-proof jailbreak detection security and environmental sensing technology. In addition to Arxan’s pre-existing Guards, which are running on over 200 million devices, these new capabilities deliver enterprise-grade app and mobile environment security to prevent revenue loss, fraud and brand compromise.

For mobile enterprises, securing the app environment is as important as securing the app itself. With users willing to bypass security features and jailbreak phones in increasing numbers, enterprises face increased risks. Applications running on jailbroken devices are more vulnerable to attacks and represent an expanding mobile attack surface. Mobile device management (MDM) and Home-Grown solutions alone are not enough as they can be easily by-passed by sophisticated hackers targeting the application perimeter. Given aggressive mobile app development cycles, enterprises require solutions that empower their “mobile first” business strategy with protection from the most current cyber threats.  

Arxan’s new Jailbreak Detection Guard detects if an app is running in a jailbroken environment, and can trigger customiszed reactions to safeguard the critical and high-value attributes of an app on an unsecured device. Furthermore, Jailbreak Detection capability is delivered with “built-in” tamper-resistance.   

In addition to Jailbreak Detection, Arxan’s mobile app security solutions are also deepened by another new, environment sensing capability, called the Resource Verification Guard. This Guard is inserted into a mobile app to check the integrity of the Android and iOS package resources.  It is critical for a mobile client app to maintain its integrity against malware insertion or tampering threats as well as be made “aware” of the status of its environment. For instance, the recently publicizeda  “Master key” vulnerability could leading to malicious code injection into genuine Android apps, which can be detected by this new guard type.

Together, the new Jailbreak Detection and Resource Verification Guards are especially important to the financial services industry where innovations in m-commerce, mobile P2P transactions, balance transfers and payments make it critical to protect high risk transactions.

In a recent Gartner research note Avivah Litan and John Girard recommended that enterprises, “Use mobile application security solutions to fortify mobile apps and to prevent them from being corrupted.” and “Use mobile environment security solutions to prevent mobile devices from being corrupted.”*

“Arxan is committed to offering layered mobile app security solutions that offer defense in-depth protection to enterprises while also supporting the fast-paced App Economy,” said Mike Dager, CEO, Arxan. “Our customers, especially in the mobile banking and payment industry rely on jailbreak policies to process highly sensitive transactions. By including pre-fortified jailbreak detection, along with advanced environmental security capabilities, we are offering them best-in-class anti-fraud technology in the most comprehensive mobile app protection platform available on the market. ”

Product Highlights

* Jailbreak Detection Guard - The pre-fortified jailbreak detection component provides an efficient one-step process for strong jailbreak detection rather than a multi-vendor solution that requires integration between tamper-resistance and jailbreak detection technologies.  In addition, it supports all known detection algorithms, and receives ongoing updates from testing initiatives.

* Resource Verification Guard - Provides real-time health checks of mobile application files and can determine whether the contents have been compromised.  If compromise is detected to alter the app’s performance or integrity, then the app’s customiszed network of Guards will launch a set of predetermined self-defense capabilities to proactively protect the app.  

Other significant and recent advancements in Arxan’s comprehensive Mobile Application Integrity Protection Suite include:

* First to market  with support for  Android apps across ARM and Intel platforms
* Enhanced security for iOS apps provided by Arxan’s Method Swizzling Detection Guard

With these additions, Arxan now protects applications targeted for a variety of Mobile Devices running Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone series and Tizen.

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