On the effectiveness of dynamic taint analysis for protecting against private information leaks on Android-based devices

@article{Sarwar2013OnTE,
  title={On the effectiveness of dynamic taint analysis for protecting against private information leaks on Android-based devices},
  author={Golam Sarwar and Olivier Mehani and Roksana Boreli and Mohamed Ali K{\^a}afar},
  journal={2013 International Conference on Security and Cryptography (SECRYPT)},
  year={2013},
  pages={1-8}
}
We investigate the limitations of using dynamic taint analysis for tracking privacy-sensitive information on Android-based mobile devices. Taint tracking keeps track of data as it propagates through variables, interprocess messages and files, by tagging them with taint marks. A popular taint-tracking system, TaintDroid, uses this approach in Android mobile applications to mark private information, such as device identifiers or user's contacts details, and subsequently issue warnings when this… CONTINUE READING
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