Application Analysis and Decision with Dynamic Analysis

Report No. ARL-CR-0754
Authors: Joshua S Edwards
Date/Pages: December 2014; 22 pages
Abstract: The US Army Research Laboratory currently has a mobile application analysis tool known as A2D, Application Analysis and Decision. It is a static analysis tool that takes in a mobile application and parses out a large amount of data relevant to human analysts and stores it in a database. It would then use some of these data to generate a risk score for the application. However, static analysis alone is not enough to fully analyze an application. To overcome the obstacles inherent in static analysis, A2D was extended to include dynamic analysis functionality. This will allow A2D to run an application in a controlled, virtual environment, and interact with it in ways similar to a human user in an attempt to elicit a response from the application. Once the series of interactions have concluded, A2D will gather useful data for analysis and store them in the primary A2D database for future analysis.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2014