Desktop Penetration Testing Methodology

Review Cobalt pentest methodologies for desktop applications.

Desktop penetration testing is a process in which a tester uses simulated attacks to identify potential security vulnerabilities in a desktop application.

We follow an industry-standard methodology primarily based on the OWASP Desktop Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS) and Testing Guide.

Specific categories that are covered as part of the Pentest include:

  • Information Gathering
    • Application Architecture
    • Platform Mapping
    • Language and Framework
  • Client-Side Attacks
    • Binary Analysis
    • File Analysis
    • Memory Analysis
  • Network-Side Attacks
    • Installation Traffic
    • Run-Time Traffic
  • Server-Side Attacks
    • TCP/UDP Attacks
    • Layer7 Attacks

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Last modified December.12.2023