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Update Behavior in App Markets and Security Implications: A Case Study in Google Play
Technische Unviersität München.
ETH Zurich.
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2012 (English)In: Research in the LARGE: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop. Held in Conjunction with Mobile HCI / [ed] Benjamin Poppinga, 2012, 3-6 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Digital market places (e.g. Apple App Store, Google Play) have become the dominant platforms for the distribution of software for mobile phones. Thereby, developers can reach millions of users. However, neither of these market places today has mechanisms in place to enforce security critical updates of distributed apps. This paper investigates this problem by gaining insights on the correlation between published updates and actual installations of those. Our findings show that almost half of all users would use a vulnerable app version even 7 days after the fix has been published. We discuss our results and give initial recommendations to app developers.

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2012. 3-6 p.
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Mobile and Pervasive Computing
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-40383Local ID: f79ebf5e-ca1f-48e2-9f88-880dbe147bdbOAI: diva2:1013905
Research in the Large, LARGE 3.0 : 21/09/2012 - 21/09/2012
Godkänd; 2012; 20121121 (andbra)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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