Device analyzer: a privacy-aware platform to support research on the Android ecosystem

Daniel T. Wagner, Daniel R. Thomas, Alastair R. Beresford, Andrew Rice

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Abstract

Device Analyzer is an Android app available from the Google Play store. It is designed to collect a large range of data from the handset and, with agreement from our contributors, share it with researchers around the world. Researchers can access the data collected, and can also use the platform to support their own user studies. In this paper we provide an overview of the privacy-enhancing techniques used in Device Analzyer, including transparency, consent, purpose, access, withdrawal, and accountability. We also demonstrate the utility of our platform by assessing the security of the Android ecosystem to privilege escalation attacks and deter-mine that 88% of Android devices are, on average, vulnerable to one or more of these type of attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2015
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2015
Event8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2015 - New York, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2015
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period22/06/1526/06/15

Keywords

  • smartphones
  • mobile devices
  • battery life
  • Android
  • privacy-aware platform

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