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Authors: Simone Aonzo ; Giovanni Lagorio and Alessio Merlo

Affiliation: University of Genoa, Italy

ISBN: 978-989-758-259-2

Keyword(s): Android Security, Mobile Security, Privacy and Data Protection.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Information and Systems Security ; Personal Data Protection for Information Systems ; Security and Privacy in Mobile Systems

Abstract: Android apps are generally over-privileged, i.e., they request more permissions than they actually need to execute properly. Prior to version 6 users can install an app only by accepting all its requested permissions, while newer Android versions allow users to dynamically grant/deny groups of permissions. Since some them impact on users’ privacy, we argue that users should be granted control at the granularity of the single permission. We propose a novel approach, which does not require any change to the underlying OS, allowing users to selectively remove permissions from apps before installing them, and with a finer granularity. We developed RmPerm, an open-source tool, that implements our methodology, and we present the viability of our approach via an empirical assessment on 81K apps, underlining that, in the worst case, up to 86% of the apps can execute without crashing when none of the requested privacy-related permissions are granted.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Aonzo, S.; Lagorio, G. and Merlo, A. (2017). RmPerm: A Tool for Android Permissions Removal.In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 6: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-259-2, pages 319-326. DOI: 10.5220/0006420203190326

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title={RmPerm: A Tool for Android Permissions Removal},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 6: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2017)},
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doi={10.5220/0006420203190326},
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JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 6: SECRYPT, (ICETE 2017)
TI - RmPerm: A Tool for Android Permissions Removal
SN - 978-989-758-259-2
AU - Aonzo, S.
AU - Lagorio, G.
AU - Merlo, A.
PY - 2017
SP - 319
EP - 326
DO - 10.5220/0006420203190326

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