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Forgotten Permission Usages: An Empirical Study on App Description Based Android App Analysis

  • Journal of The Korea Society of Computer and Information
  • Abbr : JKSCI
  • 2021, 26(6), pp.107-113
  • DOI : 10.9708/jksci.2021.26.06.107
  • Publisher : The Korean Society Of Computer And Information
  • Research Area : Engineering > Computer Science
  • Received : May 11, 2021
  • Accepted : June 9, 2021
  • Published : June 30, 2021

Wu Zhiqiang 1 Scott Uk-Jin Lee 1

1한양대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In this paper, we conducted an empirical study to investigate whether Android app descriptions provide enough permission usages for measuring app quality in terms of human writing and consistency between code and descriptions. Android app descriptions are analyzed for various purposes such as quality measurement, functionality recommendation, and malware detection. However, many app descriptions do not disclose permission usages, whether accidentally or on purpose. Most importantly, the previous studies could not precisely analyze app descriptions if permission usages cannot be completely introduced in app descriptions. To assess the consistency between permissions and app descriptions, we implemented a state-of-the-art method to predict Android permissions for 29,270 app descriptions. As a result, 25% of app descriptions may not contain any permission semantic, and 57% of app descriptions cannot accurately reflect permission usages.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.