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Emerging Trends in ICT Security by Hamid R Arabnia, Babak Akhgar

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Chapter 24

Detection of Intent-Based Vulnerabilities in Android Applications

Sébastien Salva1 and Stassia R. Zafimiharisoa2,    1University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand,France,    2Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France

The intent mechanism of the Android platform is a powerful message-passing system that allows for sharing data among components and applications. Nevertheless, it might also be used as an entry point for security attacks if incautiously employed. Attacks can be easily sent through intents to components, which can indirectly forward them to other components, and so on. In this context, this chapter proposes a model-based security testing approach to attempt to detect data vulnerabilities in Android applications. In ...

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