Department of Computer Science at UH

University of Houston

Department of Computer Science

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Science

Jasmeet Kour

Will defend her thesis

Security Risk Analysis of Google Play Applications


In this work we determine the security risk posed by Google Play applications to mobile device users by using statistical and machine learning techniques. A Google Play application is characterized by its description, a category and a set of security permissions required to perform its described functions. Typically mobile users install applications based on their descriptions and don't necessarily analyze the permission settings. Therefore, an application is defined as unsafe or risky when some permissions are accessed which provide potentially sensitive and confidential information and not justified by its description. We use Stanford Topic Modeling Toolbox (TMT) to perfom topic model learning on a given dataset and then perform inferencing on a new corpus.


Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: PGH 550

Faculty, students, and the general public are invited.
Advisor: Dr. Weidong Shi