Improving Privacy on Android Smartphones Through In-Vivo Bytecode Instrumentation

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors claim that a widely applicable and efficient means to fight against malicious mobile Android applications is: to perform runtime monitoring, by instrumenting the application bytecode and in-vivo, i.e. directly on the Smartphone. They present a tool chain to do this and present experimental results showing that this tool chain can run on Smartphones in a reasonable amount of time and with a realistic effort. Their findings also identify challenges to be addressed before running powerful runtime monitoring and instrumentations directly on Smartphones.

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