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Droids in Disarray: Detecting Frame Confusion in Hybrid Android Apps

Abstract : Frame Confusion is a vulnerability affecting hybrid applications which allows circumventing the isolation granted by the Same-Origin Policy. The detection of such vulnerability is still carried out manually by application developers, but the process is error-prone and often underestimated. In this paper, we propose a sound and complete methodology to detect the Frame Confusion on Android as well as a publicly-released tool (i.e., FCDroid) which implements such methodology and allows to detect the Frame Confusion in hybrid applications, automatically. We also discuss an empirical assessment carried out on a set of 50K applications using FCDroid, which revealed that a lot of hybrid applications suffer from Frame Confusion. Finally, we show how to exploit Frame Confusion on a news application to steal the user’s credentials.
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Davide Caputo, Luca Verderame, Simone Aonzo, Alessio Merlo. Droids in Disarray: Detecting Frame Confusion in Hybrid Android Apps. 33th IFIP Annual Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSec), Jul 2019, Charleston, SC, United States. pp.121-139, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-22479-0_7⟩. ⟨hal-02384600⟩

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