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2021-01-28
Kaftannikov, I. L., Kozlova, A. V., Khlyzov, A. D..  2020.  Prototype of a Li-Fi Communication System for Data Exchange Between Mobile Devices. 2020 Global Smart Industry Conference (GloSIC). :192—198.

This paper deals with the design and development of a Li-Fi (light fidelity) simplex communication system for data exchange between Android mobile devices. Li-Fi is an up-to-date technology in the modern world, since it uses visible light for data exchange, allowing for high-speed communication. The paper includes a brief review of Li-Fi technology, a review of the literature used, and a study of technological methods for implementing such systems, based on scientific sources. We propose the algorithms for data exchange, packet formation, and encryption-decryption. The paper presents the developed mobile application and the transceiver device, the development results, as well as experiments with the developed prototype. The results show that Li-Fi technology is workable and is a good alternative to existing communication methods.

Wang, Y., Gao, W., Hei, X., Mungwarama, I., Ren, J..  2020.  Independent credible: Secure communication architecture of Android devices based on TrustZone. 2020 International Conferences on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData) and IEEE Congress on Cybermatics (Cybermatics). :85—92.

The development of mobile internet has brought convenience to people, but the openness and diversity of mobile Internet make it face the security threat of communication privacy data disclosure. In this paper, a trusted android device security communication method based on TrustZone is proposed. Firstly, Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key agreement algorithm is used to make both parties negotiate the session key in the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), and then, we stored the key safely in the TEE. Finally, TEE completes the encryption and decryption of the transmitted data. This paper constructs a secure communication between mobile devices without a trusted third party and analyzes the feasibility of the method from time efficiency and security. The experimental results show that the method can resist malicious application monitoring in the process of data encryption and ensures the security of the session key. Compared with the traditional scheme, it is found that the performance of the scheme is not significantly reduced.

Segoro, M. B., Putro, P. A. Wibowo.  2020.  Implementation of Two Factor Authentication (2FA) and Hybrid Encryption to Reduce the Impact of Account Theft on Android-Based Instant Messaging (IM) Applications. 2020 International Workshop on Big Data and Information Security (IWBIS). :115—120.

Instant messaging is an application that is widely used to communicate. Based on the wearesocial.com report, three of the five most used social media platforms are chat or instant messaging. Instant messaging was chosen for communication because it has security features in log in using a One Time Password (OTP) code, end-to-end encryption, and even two-factor authentication. However, instant messaging applications still have a vulnerability to account theft. This account theft occurs when the user loses his cellphone. Account theft can happen when a cellphone is locked or not. As a result of this account theft, thieves can read confidential messages and send fake news on behalf of the victim. In this research, instant messaging application security will be applied using hybrid encryption and two-factor authentication, which are made interrelated. Both methods will be implemented in 2 implementation designs. The implementation design is securing login and securing sending and receiving messages. For login security, QR Code implementation is sent via email. In sending and receiving messages, the message decryption process will be carried out when the user is authenticated using a fingerprint. Hybrid encryption as message security uses RSA 2048 and AES 128. Of the ten attempts to steal accounts that have been conducted, it is shown that the implementation design is proven to reduce the impact of account theft.

2020-12-01
SAADI, C., kandrouch, i, CHAOUI, H..  2019.  Proposed security by IDS-AM in Android system. 2019 5th International Conference on Optimization and Applications (ICOA). :1—7.

Mobile systems are always growing, automatically they need enough resources to secure them. Indeed, traditional techniques for protecting the mobile environment are no longer effective. We need to look for new mechanisms to protect the mobile environment from malicious behavior. In this paper, we examine one of the most popular systems, Android OS. Next, we will propose a distributed architecture based on IDS-AM to detect intrusions by mobile agents (IDS-AM).

2020-08-14
Mitra, Joydeep, Ranganath, Venkatesh-Prasad, Narkar, Aditya.  2019.  BenchPress: Analyzing Android App Vulnerability Benchmark Suites. 2019 34th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering Workshop (ASEW). :13—18.
In recent years, various benchmark suites have been developed to evaluate the efficacy of Android security analysis tools. Tool developers often choose such suites based on the availability and popularity of suites and not on their characteristics and relevance due to the lack of information about them. In this context, based on a recent effort, we empirically evaluated four Android-specific benchmark suites: DroidBench, Ghera, ICCBench, and UBCBench. For each benchmark suite, we identified the APIs used by the suite that were discussed on Stack Overflow in the context of Android app development and measured the usage of these APIs in a sample of 227K real-world apps (coverage). We also identified security-related APIs used in real-world apps but not in any of the above benchmark suites to assess the opportunities to extend benchmark suites (gaps).
2020-08-10
Rodinko, Mariia, Oliynykov, Roman.  2019.  Comparing Performances of Cypress Block Cipher and Modern Lighweight Block Ciphers on Different Platforms. 2019 IEEE International Scientific-Practical Conference Problems of Infocommunications, Science and Technology (PIC S T). :113–116.

The paper is devoted to the comparison of performance of prospective lightweight block cipher Cypress with performances of the known modern lightweight block ciphers such as AES, SPECK, SPARX etc. The measurement was done on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Android. On all platforms selected, the block cipher Cypress showed the best results. The block cipher Cypress-256 showed the highest performance on Windows x32 (almost 3.5 Gbps), 64-bit Linux (over 8 Gbps) and Android (1.3 Gbps). On Windows x64 the best result was obtained by Cypress- 512 (almost 5 Gbps).

Ko, Ju-Seong, Jo, Jeong-Seok, Kim, Deuk-Hun, Choi, Seul-Ki, Kwak, Jin.  2019.  Real Time Android Ransomware Detection by Analyzed Android Applications. 2019 International Conference on Electronics, Information, and Communication (ICEIC). :1–5.
Recently, damage caused by ransomware has been increasing in PC and Android environments. There are many studies into real-time ransomware detection because the most important time to prevent encryption is before ransomware is able to execute its malicious process. Traditional analyses determine an application is ransomware or not by static/dynamic methods. Those analyses can serve as components of a method to detect ransomware in real time. However, problems can occur such as the inability to detect new/variant/unknown ransomware. These types require signed patches from a trusted party that can only be created after attacks occur. In a previous study into realtime new/variant/unknown ransomware detection in a PC environment, important files are monitored and only programs that have been previously analyzed and evaluated as nonmalicious are allowed. As such, programs that have not been analyzed are restricted from accessing important files. In an Android environment, this method can be applied using Android applications to prevent emerging threats and verify consistency with user intent. Thus, this paper proposes a method of detecting new/variant/unknown ransomware in real time in an Android environment.
2020-07-30
He, Yongzhong, Zhao, Xiaojuan, Wang, Chao.  2019.  Privacy Mining of Large-scale Mobile Usage Data. 2019 IEEE International Conference on Power, Intelligent Computing and Systems (ICPICS). :81—86.
While enjoying the convenience brought by mobile phones, users have been exposed to high risk of private information leakage. It is known that many applications on mobile devices read private data and send them to remote servers. However how, when and in what scale the private data are leaked are not investigated systematically in the real-world scenario. In this paper, a framework is proposed to analyze the usage data from mobile devices and the traffic data from the mobile network and make a comprehensive privacy leakage detection and privacy inference mining on a large scale of realworld mobile data. Firstly, this paper sets up a training dataset and trains a privacy detection model on mobile traffic data. Then classical machine learning tools are used to discover private usage patterns. Based on our experiments and data analysis, it is found that i) a large number of private information is transmitted in plaintext, and even passwords are transmitted in plaintext by some applications, ii) more privacy types are leaked in Android than iOS, while GPS location is the most leaked privacy in both Android and iOS system, iii) the usage pattern is related to mobile device price. Through our experiments and analysis, it can be concluded that mobile privacy leakage is pervasive and serious.
2020-07-27
Sudozai, M. A. K., Saleem, Shahzad.  2018.  Profiling of secure chat and calling apps from encrypted traffic. 2018 15th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technology (IBCAST). :502–508.
Increased use of secure chat and voice/ video apps has transformed the social life. While the benefits and facilitations are seemingly limitless, so are the asscoiacted vulnerabilities and threats. Besides ensuring confidentiality requirements for common users, known facts of non-readable contents over the network make these apps more attractive for criminals. Though access to contents of cryptograhically secure sessions is not possible, network forensics of secure apps can provide interesting information which can be of great help during criminal invetigations. In this paper, we presented a novel framework of profiling the secure chat and voice/ video calling apps which can be employed to extract hidden patterns about the app, information of involved parties, activities of chatting, voice/ video calls, status indications and notifications while having no information of communication protocol of the app and its security architecture. Signatures of any secure app can be developed though our framework and can become base of a large scale solution. Our methodology is considered very important for different cases of criminal investigations and bussiness intelligence solutions for service provider networks. Our results are applicable to any mobile platform of iOS, android and windows.
Pandey, Ashutosh, Khan, Rijwan, Srivastava, Akhilesh Kumar.  2018.  Challenges in Automation of Test Cases for Mobile Payment Apps. 2018 4th International Conference on Computational Intelligence Communication Technology (CICT). :1–4.
Software Engineering is a field of new challenges every day. With every passing day, new technologies emerge. There was an era of web Applications, but the time has changed and most of the web Applications are available as Mobile Applications as well. The Mobile Applications are either android based or iOS based. To deliver error free, secure and reliable Application, it is necessary to test the Applications properly. Software testing is a phase of software development life cycle, where we test an Application in all aspects. Nowadays different type of tools are available for testing an Application automatically but still we have too many challenges for applying test cases on a given Application. In this paper the authors will discuss the challenges of automation of test cases for a Mobile based payment Application.
Galuppo, Raúl Ignacio, Luna, Carlos, Betarte, Gustavo.  2018.  Security in iOS and Android: A Comparative Analysis. 2018 37th International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society (SCCC). :1–8.
This paper presents a detailed analysis of some relevant security features of iOS and Android -the two most popular operating systems for mobile devices- from the perspective of user privacy. In particular, permissions that can be modified at run time on these platforms are analyzed. Additionally, a framework is introduced for permission analysis, a hybrid mobile application that can run on both iOS and Android. The framework, which can be extended, places special emphasis on the relationship between the user's privacy and the permission system.
Dar, Muneer Ahmad, Nisar Bukhari, Syed, Khan, Ummer Iqbal.  2018.  Evaluation of Security and Privacy of Smartphone Users. 2018 Fourth International Conference on Advances in Electrical, Electronics, Information, Communication and Bio-Informatics (AEEICB). :1–4.

The growing use of smart phones has also given opportunity to the intruders to create malicious apps thereby the security and privacy concerns of a novice user has also grown. This research focuses on the privacy concerns of a user who unknowingly installs a malicious apps created by the programmer. In this paper we created an attack scenario and created an app capable of compromising the privacy of the users. After accepting all the permissions by the user while installing the app, the app allows us to track the live location of the Android device and continuously sends the GPS coordinates to the server. This spying app is also capable of sending the call log details of the user. This paper evaluates two leading smart phone operating systems- Android and IOS to find out the flexibility provided by the two operating systems to their programmers to create the malicious apps.

2020-06-03
Cedillo, Priscila, Camacho, Jessica, Campos, Karina, Bermeo, Alexandra.  2019.  A Forensics Activity Logger to Extract User Activity from Mobile Devices. 2019 Sixth International Conference on eDemocracy eGovernment (ICEDEG). :286—290.

Nowadays, mobile devices have become one of the most popular instruments used by a person on its regular life, mainly due to the importance of their applications. In that context, mobile devices store user's personal information and even more data, becoming a personal tracker for daily activities that provides important information about the user. Derived from this gathering of information, many tools are available to use on mobile devices, with the restrain that each tool only provides isolated information about a specific application or activity. Therefore, the present work proposes a tool that allows investigators to obtain a complete report and timeline of the activities that were performed on the device. This report incorporates the information provided by many sources into a unique set of data. Also, by means of an example, it is presented the operation of the solution, which shows the feasibility in the use of this tool and shows the way in which investigators have to apply the tool.

2020-06-01
Utomo, Subroto Budhi, Hendradjaya, Bayu.  2018.  Multifactor Authentication on Mobile Secure Attendance System. 2018 International Conference on ICT for Smart Society (ICISS). :1–5.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trends allows employees to use the smartphone as a tool in everyday work and also as an attendance device. The security of employee attendance system is important to ensure that employees do not commit fraud in recording attendance and when monitoring activities at working hours. In this paper, we propose a combination of fingerprint, secure android ID, and GPS as authentication factors, also addition of anti emulator and anti fake location module turn Mobile Attendance System into Mobile Secure Attendance System. Testing based on scenarios that have been adapted to various possible frauds is done to prove whether the system can minimize the occurrence of fraud in attendance recording and monitoring of employee activities.
2020-04-17
Mohsen, Fadi, Jafaarian, Haadi.  2019.  Raising the Bar Really High: An MTD Approach to Protect Data in Embedded Browsers. 2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC). 1:786—794.
The safety of web browsers is essential to the privacy of Internet users and the security of their computing systems. In the last few years, there have been several cyber attacks geared towards compromising surfers' data and systems via exploiting browser-based vulnerabilities. Android and a number of mobile operating systems have been supporting a UI component called WebView, which can be embedded in any mobile application to render the web contents. Yet, this mini-browser component has been found to be vulnerable to various kinds of attacks. For instance, an attacker in her WebView-Embedded app can inject malicious JavaScripts into the WebView to modify the web contents or to steal user's input values. This kind of attack is particularly challenging due to the full control of attackers over the content of the loaded pages. In this paper, we are proposing and testing a server-side moving target defense technique to counter the risk of JavaScript injection attacks on mobile WebViews. The solution entails creating redundant HTML forms, randomizing their attributes and values, and asserting stealthy prompts for the user data. The solution does not dictate any changes to the browser or applications codes, neither it requires key sharing with benign clients. The results of our performance and security analysis suggest that our proposed approach protects the confidentiality and integrity of user input values with minimum overhead.
2020-03-23
Rustgi, Pulkit, Fung, Carol.  2019.  Demo: DroidNet - An Android Permission Control Recommendation System Based on Crowdsourcing. 2019 IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management (IM). :737–738.
Mobile and web application security, particularly the areas of data privacy, has raised much concerns from the public in recent years. Most applications, or apps for short, are installed without disclosing full information to users and clearly stating what the application has access to, which often raises concern when users become aware of unnecessary information being collected. Unfortunately, most users have little to no technical expertise in regards to what permissions should be turned on and can only rely on their intuition and past experiences to make relatively uninformed decisions. To solve this problem, we developed DroidNet, which is a crowd-sourced Android recommendation tool and framework. DroidNet alleviates privacy concerns and presents users with high confidence permission control recommendations based on the decision from expert users who are using the same apps. This paper explains the general framework, principles, and model behind DroidNet while also providing an experimental setup design which shows the effectiveness and necessity for such a tool.
2020-02-17
Malik, Yasir, Campos, Carlos Renato Salim, Jaafar, Fehmi.  2019.  Detecting Android Security Vulnerabilities Using Machine Learning and System Calls Analysis. 2019 IEEE 19th International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security Companion (QRS-C). :109–113.
Android operating systems have become a prime target for cyber attackers due to security vulnerabilities in the underlying operating system and application design. Recently, anomaly detection techniques are widely studied for security vulnerabilities detection and classification. However, the ability of the attackers to create new variants of existing malware using various masking techniques makes it harder to deploy these techniques effectively. In this research, we present a robust and effective vulnerabilities detection approach based on anomaly detection in a system calls of benign and malicious Android application. The anomaly in our study is type, frequency, and sequence of system calls that represent a vulnerability. Our system monitors the processes of benign and malicious application and detects security vulnerabilities based on the combination of parameters and metrics, i.e., type, frequency and sequence of system calls to classify the process behavior as benign or malign. The detection algorithm detects the anomaly based on the defined scoring function f and threshold ρ. The system refines the detection process by applying machine learning techniques to find a combination of system call metrics and explore the relationship between security bugs and the pattern of system calls detected. The experiment results show the detection rate of the proposed algorithm based on precision, recall, and f-score for different machine learning algorithms.
2020-02-10
Talukder, Md Arabin Islam, Shahriar, Hossain, Qian, Kai, Rahman, Mohammad, Ahamed, Sheikh, Wu, Fan, Agu, Emmanuel.  2019.  DroidPatrol: A Static Analysis Plugin For Secure Mobile Software Development. 2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC). 1:565–569.

While the number of mobile applications are rapidly growing, these applications are often coming with numerous security flaws due to the lack of appropriate coding practices. Security issues must be addressed earlier in the development lifecycle rather than fixing them after the attacks because the damage might already be extensive. Early elimination of possible security vulnerabilities will help us increase the security of our software and mitigate or reduce the potential damages through data losses or service disruptions caused by malicious attacks. However, many software developers lack necessary security knowledge and skills required at the development stage, and Secure Mobile Software Development (SMSD) is not yet well represented in academia and industry. In this paper, we present a static analysis-based security analysis approach through design and implementation of a plugin for Android Development Studio, namely DroidPatrol. The proposed plugins can support developers by providing list of potential vulnerabilities early.

2020-01-27
Inayoshi, Hiroki, Kakei, Shohei, Takimoto, Eiji, Mouri, Koichi, Saito, Shoichi.  2019.  Prevention of Data Leakage due to Implicit Information Flows in Android Applications. 2019 14th Asia Joint Conference on Information Security (AsiaJCIS). :103–110.
Dynamic Taint Analysis (DTA) technique has been developed for analysis and understanding behavior of Android applications and privacy policy enforcement. Meanwhile, implicit information flows (IIFs) are major concern of security researchers because IIFs can evade DTA technique easily and give attackers an advantage over the researchers. Some researchers suggested approaches to the issue and developed analysis systems supporting privacy policy enforcement against IIF-accompanied attacks; however, there is still no effective technique of comprehensive analysis and privacy policy enforcement against IIF-accompanied attacks. In this paper, we propose an IIF detection technique to enforce privacy policy against IIF-accompanied attacks in Android applications. We developed a new analysis tool, called Smalien, that can discover data leakage caused by IIF-contained information flows as well as explicit information flows. We demonstrated practicability of Smalien by applying it to 16 IIF tricks from ScrubDroid and two IIF tricks from DroidBench. Smalien enforced privacy policy successfully against all the tricks except one trick because the trick loads code dynamically from a remote server at runtime, and Smalien cannot analyze any code outside of a target application. The results show that our approach can be a solution to the current attacker-superior situation.
Luo, Linghui, Bodden, Eric, Späth, Johannes.  2019.  A Qualitative Analysis of Android Taint-Analysis Results. 2019 34th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE). :102–114.
In the past, researchers have developed a number of popular taint-analysis approaches, particularly in the context of Android applications. Numerous studies have shown that automated code analyses are adopted by developers only if they yield a good "signal to noise ratio", i.e., high precision. Many previous studies have reported analysis precision quantitatively, but this gives little insight into what can and should be done to increase precision further. To guide future research on increasing precision, we present a comprehensive study that evaluates static Android taint-analysis results on a qualitative level. To unravel the exact nature of taint flows, we have designed COVA, an analysis tool to compute partial path constraints that inform about the circumstances under which taint flows may actually occur in practice. We have conducted a qualitative study on the taint flows reported by FlowDroid in 1,022 real-world Android applications. Our results reveal several key findings: Many taint flows occur only under specific conditions, e.g., environment settings, user interaction, I/O. Taint analyses should consider the application context to discern such situations. COVA shows that few taint flows are guarded by multiple different kinds of conditions simultaneously, so tools that seek to confirm true positives dynamically can concentrate on one kind at a time, e.g., only simulating user interactions. Lastly, many false positives arise due to a too liberal source/sink configuration. Taint analyses must be more carefully configured, and their configuration could benefit from better tool assistance.
2019-11-26
Pulungan, Farid Fajriana, Sudiharto, Dodi Wisaksono, Brotoharsono, Tri.  2018.  Easy Secure Login Implementation Using Pattern Locking and Environmental Context Recognition. 2018 International Conference on Applied Engineering (ICAE). :1-6.

Smartphone has become the tool which is used daily in modern human life. Some activities in human life, according to the usage of the smartphone can be related to the information which has a high privilege and needs a privacy. It causes the owners of the smartphone needs a system which can protect their privacy. Unfortunately, the secure the system, the unease of the usage. Hence, the system which has an invulnerable environment but also gives the ease of use is very needful. The aspect which is related to the ease of use is an authentication mechanism. Sometimes, this aspect correspondence to the effectiveness and the efficiency. This study is going to analyze the application related to this aspect which is a lock screen application. This lock screen application uses the context data based on the environment condition around the user. The context data used are GPS location and Mac Address of Wi-Fi. The system is going to detect the context and is going to determine if the smartphone needs to run the authentication mechanism or to bypass it based on the analysis of the context data. Hopefully, the smartphone application which is developed still can provide mobility and usability features, and also can protect the user privacy even though it is located in the environment which its context data is unknown.

2019-09-04
Paiker, N., Ding, X., Curtmola, R., Borcea, C..  2018.  Context-Aware File Discovery System for Distributed Mobile-Cloud Apps. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom). :198–203.
Recent research has proposed middleware to enable efficient distributed apps over mobile-cloud platforms. This paper presents a Context-Aware File Discovery Service (CAFDS) that allows distributed mobile-cloud applications to find and access files of interest shared by collaborating users. CAFDS enables programmers to search for files defined by context and content features, such as location, creation time, or the presence of certain object types within an image file. CAFDS provides low-latency through a cloud-based metadata server, which uses a decision tree to locate the nearest files that satisfy the context and content features requested by applications. We implemented CAFDS in Android and Linux. Experimental results show CAFDS achieves substantially lower latency than peer-to-peer solutions that cannot leverage context information.
2019-06-10
Jain, D., Khemani, S., Prasad, G..  2018.  Identification of Distributed Malware. 2018 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Communication and Information Systems (ICCIS). :242-246.

Smartphones have evolved over the years from simple devices to communicate with each other to fully functional portable computers although with comparatively less computational power but inholding multiple applications within. With the smartphone revolution, the value of personal data has increased. As technological complexities increase, so do the vulnerabilities in the system. Smartphones are the latest target for attacks. Android being an open source platform and also the most widely used smartphone OS draws the attention of many malware writers to exploit the vulnerabilities of it. Attackers try to take advantage of these vulnerabilities and fool the user and misuse their data. Malwares have come a long way from simple worms to sophisticated DDOS using Botnets, the latest trends in computer malware tend to go in the distributed direction, to evade the multiple anti-virus apps developed to counter generic viruses and Trojans. However, the recent trend in android system is to have a combination of applications which acts as malware. The applications are benign individually but when grouped, these may result into a malicious activity. This paper proposes a new category of distributed malware in android system, how it can be used to evade the current security, and how it can be detected with the help of graph matching algorithm.

Karbab, ElMouatez Billah, Debbabi, Mourad.  2018.  ToGather: Automatic Investigation of Android Malware Cyber-Infrastructures. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security. :20:1-20:10.

The popularity of Android, not only in handsets but also in IoT devices, makes it a very attractive target for malware threats, which are actually expanding at a significant rate. The state-of-the-art in malware mitigation solutions mainly focuses on the detection of malicious Android apps using dynamic and static analysis features to segregate malicious apps from benign ones. Nevertheless, there is a small coverage for the Internet/network dimension of Android malicious apps. In this paper, we present ToGather, an automatic investigation framework that takes Android malware samples as input and produces insights about the underlying malicious cyber infrastructures. ToGather leverages state-of-the-art graph theory techniques to generate actionable, relevant and granular intelligence to mitigate the threat effects induced by the malicious Internet activity of Android malware apps. We evaluate ToGather on a large dataset of real malware samples from various Android families, and the obtained results are both interesting and promising.

2019-02-22
Bakour, K., Ünver, H. M., Ghanem, R..  2018.  The Android Malware Static Analysis: Techniques, Limitations, and Open Challenges. 2018 3rd International Conference on Computer Science and Engineering (UBMK). :586-593.

This paper aims to explain static analysis techniques in detail, and to highlight the weaknesses and challenges which face it. To this end, more than 80 static analysis-based framework have been studied, and in their light, the process of detecting malicious applications has been divided into four phases that were explained in a schematic manner. Also, the features that is used in static analysis were discussed in detail by dividing it into four categories namely, Manifest-based features, code-based features, semantic features and app's metadata-based features. Also, the challenges facing methods based on static analysis were discussed in detail. Finally, a case study was conducted to test the strength of some known commercial antivirus and one of the stat-of-art academic static analysis frameworks against obfuscation techniques used by developers of malicious applications. The results showed a significant impact on the performance of the most tested antiviruses and frameworks, which is reflecting the urgent need for more accurately tools.