The multi-generation repackaging hypothesis

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

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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
EditorsAlessandro Orso, Martin Robillard
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615898
ISBN (Print)9781538615904
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 20 May 201728 May 2017
Conference number: 39th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering 2017
Abbreviated titleICSE-C 2017
CityBuenos Aires
OtherIEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering Companion (ICSE-C 2017)
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