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Tsinghua Science and Technology

Keywords

Android security, vulnerability analysis, static analysis, dynamic analysis

Abstract

We propose a novel hybrid method to analyze the security vulnerabilities in Android applications. Our method combines static analysis, which consists of metadata and data flow analyses with dynamic analysis, which includes dynamic executable scripts and application program interface hooks. Our hybrid method can effectively analyze nine major categories of important security vulnerabilities in Android applications. We design dynamic executable scripts that record and perform manual operations to customize the execution path of the target application. Our dynamic executable scripts can replace most manual operations, simplify the analysis process, and further verify the corresponding security vulnerabilities. We successfully statically analyze 5547 malwares in Drebin and 10 151 real-world applications. The average analysis time of each application in Drebin is 4.52 s, whereas it reaches 92.02 s for real-word applications. Our system can detect all the labeled vulnerabilities among 56 labeled applications. Further dynamic verification shows that our static analysis accuracy approximates 95% for real-world applications. Experiments show that our dynamic analysis can effectively detect the vulnerability named input unverified, which is difficult to be detected by other methods. In addition, our dynamic analysis can be extended to detect more types of vulnerabilities.

Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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