Thanks for your help in advance.
I'm using React Native and Node.js to deliver a product for my company.
I've setup the steps on the backend to retrieve a password, validate it and respond with a token. The only problem is - the password I use on the front end (mobile app) to be validated by the back end is hardcoded.
My question is:
How should I securely store this password on the mobile app so that it can not be sniffed out by a hacker and used to compromise the backend?
My research so far.
Embedded in strings.xml
Hidden in Source Code
Hidden in BuildConfigs
Hidden in Native Libraries
These methods are basically useless because hackers can easily circumnavigate these methods of protection.
Although this may obfuscate keys, these still have to be hardcoded. Making these kind of useless, unless I'm missing something.
I could use a .env file https://github.com/luggit/react-native-config
Again, I feel like the hacker can still view secret keys, even if they are saved in a .env
I want to be able to store keys in the app so that I can validate the user an allow them to access resources on the backend. However, I don't know what the best plan of action is to ensure user/business security.
What suggestions do you have to protect the world (react- native apps) from pesky hackers, when they're stealing keys and using them inappropriately?