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Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers


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A portion of the four-phase process used by SkyWalker to vet backend systems that support mobile apps.

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in the backend system that feeds content and advertising to smartphone applications.

Credit: Georgia Tech News Center

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Ohio State University have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend system that feeds content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based servers.

The researchers identified more than 1,600 vulnerabilities in the support ecosystem behind the top 5,000 free apps available in the Google play store.

These vulnerabilities could allow hackers to break into databases that include personal information, and perhaps into users' mobile devices.

The team created SkyWalker, an automated system to vet the cloud servers and software library systems by examining the security of the servers supporting mobile applications.

From Georgia Tech News Center
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