A new approach for managing Android permissions: learning users' preferences

Oglaza, Arnaud, Laborde, Romain, Zaraté, Pascale, Benzekri, Abdelmalek and Barrère, François (2017) A new approach for managing Android permissions: learning users' preferences. EURASIP Journal on Information Security, 2017 (13). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Today, permissions management solutions on mobile devices employ Identity Based Access Control (IBAC) models. If this approach was suitable when people had only a few games (like Snake or Tetris) installed on their mobile phones, the current situation is different. A survey from Google in 2013 showed that, on average, french users have installed 32 applications on their Android smartphones. As a result, these users must manage hundreds of permissions to protect their privacy. Scalability of IBAC is a well-known issue and many more advanced access control models have introduced abstractions to cope with this problem. However, such models are more complex to handle by non-technical users. Thus, we present a permission management system for Android devices that (1) learns users' privacy preferences with a novel learning algorithm, (2) proposes them abstract authorization rules, and (3) provides advanced features to manage these high-level rules. Our learning algorithm is compared to two other well-known approaches to show its efficiency. Finally, we prove this whole approach is more efficient than current permission management system by comparing it to Privacy Guard Manager.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2017
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Android permission - Access control model - Recommender system
Subjects: H- INFORMATIQUE
Divisions: Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 22:31
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 22:31
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/28521

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