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EdgeMiner: Automatically Detecting Implicit Control Flow Transitions through the Android Framework

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EdgeMiner: Automatically Detecting Implicit Control Flow Transitions through the Android Framework
—A wealth of recent research proposes static data flow analysis for the security analysis of Android applications. One of the building blocks that these analysis systems rely upon is the computation of a precise control flow graph. The callback mechanism provided and orchestrated by the Android framework makes the correct generation of the control flow graph a challenging endeavor. From the analysis’ point of view, the invocation of a callback is an implicit control flow transition facilitated by the framework. Existing static analysis tools model callbacks through either manually curated lists or ad-hoc heuristics. This work demonstrates that both approaches are insufficient, and allow malicious applications to evade detection by state-of-the-art analysis systems. To address the challenge of implicit control flow transitions (i.e., callbacks) through the Android framework, we are the first to propose, implement, and evaluate a systematic treatment of this aspect. Our implem...
Yinzhi Cao, Yanick Fratantonio, Antonio Bianchi, M
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Type Journal
Year 2015
Where NDSS
Authors Yinzhi Cao, Yanick Fratantonio, Antonio Bianchi, Manuel Egele, Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna, Yan Chen
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