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Security and Trust in Mobile Applications

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Executive Summary

Traditionally, the mobile application environment has been relatively easy to manage. Operators preloaded devices with some applications, and other applications were made available only via purchase directly from the service provider. In this paradigm, the applet space could be easily controlled by validating each applet on new devices before launch, thus ensuring the user a consistent and trusted applet experience, resulting in few legitimate security threats. As the mobile applet space evolves, so does the complexity of managing the available end user applications.

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