PATDroid: Permission-Aware Testing for Android

Project Dates: 
January 2017
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Project Description: 

Recent introduction of a dynamic permission model in Android, allowing the users to grant and revoke permissions a at the installation of an app, has made it much harder to properly test apps. Since an app's behavior may change depending on the granted permissions, it needs to be tested under a wide range of granted permission combinations. At the state-of-the-art, in the absence of any automated tool support, a developer needs to either manually determine the interaction of tests and app permissions, or exhaustively re-execute tests for all possible permission combinations, thereby increasing the time and resources required to test apps and evaluate their results.

PATDroid is a tool for efficiently testing an Android app while taking the impact of permissions on its behavior into account.