How do apps evolve in their permission requests?: a preliminary study

Calciati, Paolo and Gorla, Alessandra (2017). How do apps evolve in their permission requests?: a preliminary study. In: "14th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2017)", 20-21 May 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN 978-1-5386-1544-7. pp. 37-41. https://doi.org/10.1109/MSR.2017.64.

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Title: How do apps evolve in their permission requests?: a preliminary study
Author/s:
  • Calciati, Paolo
  • Gorla, Alessandra
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 14th International Conference on Mining Software Repositories (MSR 2017)
Event Dates: 20-21 May 2017
Event Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Title of Book: Conference proceedings
Date: 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5386-1544-7
Volume: 1
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

We present a preliminary study to understand how apps evolve in their permission requests across different releases. We analyze over 14K releases of 227 Android apps, and we see how permission requests change and how they are used. We find that apps tend to request more permissions in their evolution, and many of the newly requested permissions are initially overprivileged. Our qualitative analysis, however, shows that the results that popular tools report on overprivileged apps may be biased by incomplete information or by other factors. Finally, we observe that when apps no longer request a permission, it does not necessarily mean that the new release offers less in terms of functionalities.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Madrid Regional GovernmentS2013/ICE-2731NGreens SoftwareUniversidad Politécnica de MadridNext-GeneRation Energy-EfficieNt Secure Software
FP7291803AMAROUT IIUnspecifiedUnspecified
Government of SpainTIN2015- 70713-RDEDETISUnspecifiedDetección y defensa contra amenazas a la sociedad de información

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Item ID: 53927
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/53927/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:53927
DOI: 10.1109/MSR.2017.64
Official URL: https://www.computer.org/csdl/proceedings-article/msr/2017/07962353/12OmNvAiSAk
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Mar 2019 07:54
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 07:54
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