Chapter 7

On Discovering Vulnerabilities in Android Applications

X. Li*; L. Yu; X.P. Luo    * Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong


With the prosperity of the app economy, more than four million apps have been published in various markets, including Google Play, Apple Store, etc. However, recent studies show that many apps are vulnerable to various attacks for many reasons, such as a short development period, lack of security awareness, etc. In this chapter, we survey the vulnerabilities found in Android apps and the approaches for discovering the vulnerabilities, because Android occupies more than 80% of global market. Besides introducing major vulnerabilities in Android ...

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