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Krupp, B., Sridhar, N., Zhao, W..  2017.  SPE: Security and Privacy Enhancement Framework for Mobile Devices. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. 14:433–446.

In this paper, we present a security and privacy enhancement (SPE) framework for unmodified mobile operating systems. SPE introduces a new layer between the application and the operating system and does not require a device be jailbroken or utilize a custom operating system. We utilize an existing ontology designed for enforcing security and privacy policies on mobile devices to build a policy that is customizable. Based on this policy, SPE provides enhancements to native controls that currently exist on the platform for privacy and security sensitive components. SPE allows access to these components in a way that allows the framework to ensure the application is truthful in its declared intent and ensure that the user's policy is enforced. In our evaluation we verify the correctness of the framework and the computing impact on the device. Additionally, we discovered security and privacy issues in several open source applications by utilizing the SPE Framework. From our findings, if SPE is adopted by mobile operating systems producers, it would provide consumers and businesses the additional privacy and security controls they demand and allow users to be more aware of security and privacy issues with applications on their devices.

Krupp, B., Jesenseky, D., Szampias, A..  2017.  SPEProxy: Enforcing fine grained security and privacy controls on unmodified mobile devices. 2017 IEEE 8th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (UEMCON). :520–526.

Mobile applications have grown from knowing basic personal information to knowing intimate details of consumer's lives. The explosion of knowledge that applications contain and share can be contributed to many factors. Mobile devices are equipped with advanced sensors including GPS and cameras, while storing large amounts of personal information including photos and contacts. With millions of applications available to install, personal data is at constant risk of being misused. While mobile operating systems provide basic security and privacy controls, they are insufficient, leaving the consumer unaware of how applications are using permissions that were granted. In this paper, we propose a solution that aims to provide consumers awareness of applications misusing data and policies that can protect their data. From this investigation we present SPEProxy. SPEProxy utilizes a knowledge based approach to provide consumer's an ability to understand how applications are using permissions beyond their stated intent. Additionally, SPEProxy provides an awareness of fine grained policies that would allow the user to protect their data. SPEProxy is device and mobile operating system agnostic, meaning it does not require a specific device or operating system nor modification to the operating system or applications. This approach allows consumers to utilize the solution without requiring a high degree of technical expertise. We evaluated SPEProxy across 817 of the most popular applications in the iOS App Store and Google Play. In our evaluation, SPEProxy was highly effective across 86.55% applications where several well known applications exhibited misusing granted permissions.