Department Seminars

April 4, 2012
Large-Scale Evaluation of Network-Based Information Leakage in Android Applications

Prof. Paul Gray of the UNI Department of Computer Science, will deliver a seminar on Wednesday, April 4, at 3:00 PM, in 322 ITTC.


There are many reasons to be interested in the network traffic generated by mobile applications. Questions arise relating to excessive application communication, which can cause users to exceed the data limits of their data contracts, or to the disclosure of personal information. When installing an Android-based application, users agree to allow access to possibly sensitive information. Sometimes access to this information is justified, but is privileged access to sensitive information abused by some application programmers?

This talk will demonstrate the deployment of an Android testing environment used to analyze the properties of nearly ten thousand Android applications in a manner that identifies and quantifies each application’s network packet characteristics. The approach presented in this talk can be easily extended to analyze many other aspects of Android applications and their corresponding network traffic patterns.


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