A Comparative Study of Misapplied Crypto in Android and iOS Applications

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Abstract

Many applications for Android and iOS process sensitive data and, therefore, rely on cryptographic APIs natively provided by the operating system. For this to be effective, essential rules need to be obeyed, as otherwise the attainable level of security would be weakened or entirely defeated. In this paper, we inspect the differences between Android and iOS concerning the proper usage of platform-specific APIs for cryptography. For both platforms, we present concrete strategies to detect critical mistakes and introduce a new framework for Android that excels in pinpointing the origin of problematic security attributes. Applied on real-world apps with cryptography, we find that out of 775 investigated apps that vendors distribute for both Android and iOS, 604 apps for iOS (78%) and 538 apps for Android (69%) suffer from at least one security misconception.
Originalspracheenglisch
TitelProceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 2: SECRYPT
ErscheinungsortPortugal
Herausgeber (Verlag)SciTePress
Seiten96-108
Seitenumfang12
ISBN (elektronisch)978-989-758-378-0,
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2019
Veranstaltung16th International Conference on Security and Cryptography - Prague, Tschechische Republik
Dauer: 26 Jul 201928 Jul 2019
http://www.secrypt.icete.org/?y=2019

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Konferenz16th International Conference on Security and Cryptography
KurztitelSECRYPT 2019
LandTschechische Republik
OrtPrague
Zeitraum26/07/1928/07/19
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    Feichtner, J. (2019). A Comparative Study of Misapplied Crypto in Android and iOS Applications. in Proceedings of the 16th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 2: SECRYPT (S. 96-108). Portugal: SciTePress. https://doi.org/10.5220/0007915300960108