Mobile Networks and Management. 9th International Conference, MONAMI 2017, Melbourne, Australia, December 13-15, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Persistent vs Service IDs in Android: Session Fingerprinting from Apps

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_2,
        author={Efthimios Alepis and Constantinos Patsakis},
        title={Persistent vs Service IDs in Android: Session Fingerprinting from Apps},
        proceedings={Mobile Networks and Management. 9th International Conference, MONAMI 2017, Melbourne, Australia, December 13-15, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MONAMI},
        year={2018},
        month={5},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_2}
    }
    
  • Efthimios Alepis
    Constantinos Patsakis
    Year: 2018
    Persistent vs Service IDs in Android: Session Fingerprinting from Apps
    MONAMI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-90775-8_2
Efthimios Alepis1,*, Constantinos Patsakis1
  • 1: University of Piraeus
*Contact email: talepis@unipi.gr

Abstract

Android has conquered the mobile market, reaching a market share above 85%. The post Lollipop versions have introduced radical changes in the platform, significantly improving the provided security and privacy of the users. Nonetheless, the platform offers several features that can be exploited to fingerprint users. Of specific interest are the fingerprinting capabilities which do not request any dangerous permission from the user, therefore they can be silently shipped with any application without the user being able to trace them, let alone blocking them. Having Android AOSP as our baseline we discuss various such methods and their applicability.