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Preventing the propagation of a new kind of illegitimate apps

Wapet, Patrick Lavoisier and Tchana, Alain-Bouzaïde and Giang Son, Tran and Hagimont, Daniel Preventing the propagation of a new kind of illegitimate apps. (2019) Future Generation Computer Systems, 94. 368-380. ISSN 0167-739X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.future.2018.11.051


A significant amount of apps submitted to mobile market places (MMP) are illegitimate, resulting in a negative publicity for these MMPs. To our knowledge, all scanning solutions in this domain only focus on the detection of illegitimate apps which mimic existing ones. However, recent attack analysis reveal the appearance of a new category of victims: enterprises which did not yet publish their app on the MMP. Thereby, an attacker may be one step ahead and publish a malicious app using the graphic identity of a trusted enterprise. Famous enterprises such as Blackberry, Netflix, and Niantic (Pokemon Go) have been subject of such attacks. We designed and implemented a security check system called IMAD (Illegitimate Mobile App Detector) which is able to limit aforementioned attacks. The evaluation results show that IMAD can protect companies from such attacks with an acceptable error rate and at a low cost for MMPs.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02495523
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université des Sciences et des Technologies de Hanoi - USTH (VIETNAM)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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