The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis

Li Li, Tegawende F. Bissyande, Alexandre Bartel, Jacques Klein, Yves Le Traon

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Abstract

App repackaging is a common threat in the Android ecosystem. To face this threat, the literature now includes a large body of work proposing approaches for identifying repackaged apps. Unfortunately, although most research involves pairwise similarity comparison to distinguish repackaged apps from their 'original' counterparts, no work has considered the threat to validity of not being able to discover the true original apps. We provide in this paper preliminary insights of an investigation into the Multi-Generation Repackaging Hypothesis: is the original in a repackaging process the outcome of a previous repackaging process? Leveraging the Androzoo dataset of over 5 million Android apps, we validate this hypothesis in the wild, calling upon the community to take this threat into account in new solutions for repackaged app detection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages344-346
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615898
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 20 May 201728 May 2017
Conference number: 39th
http://icse2017.gatech.edu/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering 2017
Abbreviated titleICSE-C 2017
CountryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period20/05/1728/05/17
OtherIEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering Companion (ICSE-C 2017)
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Li, L., Bissyande, T. F., Bartel, A., Klein, J., & Le Traon, Y. (2017). The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017 (pp. 344-346). [7965353] IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-C.2017.140
Li, Li ; Bissyande, Tegawende F. ; Bartel, Alexandre ; Klein, Jacques ; Le Traon, Yves. / The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis. Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017. IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017. pp. 344-346
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Li, L, Bissyande, TF, Bartel, A, Klein, J & Le Traon, Y 2017, The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis. in Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017., 7965353, IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, pp. 344-346, International Conference on Software Engineering 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 20/05/17. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-C.2017.140

The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis. / Li, Li; Bissyande, Tegawende F.; Bartel, Alexandre; Klein, Jacques; Le Traon, Yves.

Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017. IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017. p. 344-346 7965353.

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Li L, Bissyande TF, Bartel A, Klein J, Le Traon Y. The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017. IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2017. p. 344-346. 7965353 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE-C.2017.140