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Give Me Everything: Analyzing leakage of information in the Android platform with respect to wireless communications and personally identifiable information

  • Among the billions of smartphone users in the world, Android still holds more than 80% of the market share. The applications which the users install have a specific set of features that need access to some device functionalities and sensors that may hold sensitive information about the user. Therefore, Android releases have set permission standards to let the user know what information is beingAmong the billions of smartphone users in the world, Android still holds more than 80% of the market share. The applications which the users install have a specific set of features that need access to some device functionalities and sensors that may hold sensitive information about the user. Therefore, Android releases have set permission standards to let the user know what information is being disclosed to the application. Along with other security and privacy improvements, significant changes to the permission scheme are introduced with the Android 6.0 version (API level 23). In this master thesis, the Android permission scheme is tested on two devices from different eras. The evolution of Android over the years is examined in terms of confidentiality. For each device, two applications are built; one focused on extracting every piece of information within the confidentiality scope with every permission declared and/or requested, and the other app focused on getting this type of information without user notification. The resulting analysis illustrates whether how and in what way the Android permission scheme declined or improved over time.…show moreshow less

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Author:Cagri Erdem
Place of publication:Offenburg
Year of Publication:2021
Page Number:83
Language:English
Tag:android-security; confidentiality; permissions
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft / 004 Informatik
Advisor:Dirk Westhoff, Daniel Hammer
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Offenburg
Granting Institution:Hochschule Offenburg
Date of final exam:2021/08/31
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Institutes:Abschlussarbeiten / Master-Studiengänge / ENITS
Open Access:Nein
Release Date:2022/03/29
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International