On the Effectiveness of Dynamic Taint Analysis for Protecting Against Private Information Leaks on Android-Based Devices

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Provided by: NICTA
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
The authors investigate the limitations of using dynamic taint analysis for tracking privacy-sensitive information on android-based mobile devices. Taint tracking keeps track of data as it propagates through variables, inter-process messages and files, by tagging them with taint marks. A popular taint-tracking system, TaintDroid, uses this approach in android mobile applications to mark private information, such as device identifiers or user's contacts details, and subsequently issue warnings when this information is misused (e.g., sent to an undesired third party).
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