SoK: Lessons Learned from Android Security Research for Appified Software Platforms

Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sven Bugiel, Sascha Fahl, Patrick McDaniel, Matthew Smith

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39 Scopus citations

Abstract

Android security and privacy research has boomed in recent years, far outstripping investigations of other appified platforms. However, despite this attention, research efforts are fragmented and lack any coherent evaluation framework. We present a systematization of Android security and privacy research with a focus on the appification of software systems. To put Android security and privacy research into context, we compare the concept of appification with conventional operating system and software ecosystems. While appification has improved some issues (e.g., market access and usability), it has also introduced a whole range of new problems and aggravated some problems of the old ecosystems (e.g., coarse and unclear policy, poor software development practices). Some of our key findings are that contemporary research frequently stays on the beaten path instead of following unconventional and often promising new routes. Many security and privacy proposals focus entirely on the Android OS and do not take advantage of the unique features and actors of an appified ecosystem, which could be used to roll out new security mechanisms less disruptively. Our work highlights areas that have received the larger shares of attention, which attacker models were addressed, who is the target, and who has the capabilities and incentives to implement the countermeasures. We conclude with lessons learned from comparing the appified with the old world, shedding light on missed opportunities and proposing directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages433-451
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781509008247
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2016
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 23 2016May 25 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period5/23/165/25/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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