Android Market Reconstruction And Analysis

Open Access
Author:
Dering, Matthew Lewis
Graduate Program:
Computer Science and Engineering
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
March 06, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Patrick Drew Mcdaniel, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • Android
  • Market
  • Security
Abstract:
Smartphones have experienced a boom over the last 10 years. Currently a user is left to trust their device manufacturer when installing applications. In this paper we outline our suite of applications that are designed to provide us and users information about applications leveraging a reversed API for the Google Play market, working in concert with several analysis tools, some of our own design. In order to gather as complete of a picture of the market as possible, we propose a method for recreating the market in its entirety. Using this procured data, we present an overview of how two popular Android features are used in the real world: Permissions and Libraries. We find that there is a large correlation between library use and Permission use, which represents a security concern.