Factors that Influence the Android Apps Permissions

Normi Sham Awang Abu Bakar, Iqram Mahmud

Abstract


The Android Market is the official (and primary) storefor Android applications. The Market provides users with average user ratings, user reviews, descriptions, screenshots,and permissions to help them select applications. Generally, prior to installation of the apps, users need to agree on the permissions requested by the apps, they are not given any other option. Essentially, users may not aware on some security issues that may arise from the permissions. Some apps request the right to manipulate sensitive data, such as GPS location, photos, calendar, contact, email and files. In this paper, we explain the sources of sensitive data, what the malicious apps can do to the data, and apply the empirical software engineering analysis to find the factors that could potentially influence the permissions in Android apps. In addition, we also highlight top ten most implemented permissions in Android apps and also analyse the permissions for the apps categories in Android.

Keywords


Android applications, Empirical analysis, Sensitive data, Permission types, Statistics

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijset.v1i2.4569
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