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Not So Great Expectations: Why Application Markets Haven't Failed Security
September/October 2010 (vol. 8 no. 5)
pp. 76-78
Patrick McDaniel, Pennsylvania State University
William Enck, Pennsylvania State University
Applications markets are the primary software distribution method for mobile devices. While many consumers expect these centralized repositories to provide security guarantees for content, they don't. Even so, the authors argue that markets haven't failed security; rather, the expectations placed on them are unreasonable. In this article, they discuss the limitations of enforcing security within application markets and propose several directions for improving the overall state of market security without limiting markets' benefits.

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Index Terms:
mobile phones, software distribution, certification, security
Citation:
Patrick McDaniel, William Enck, "Not So Great Expectations: Why Application Markets Haven't Failed Security," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 76-78, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MSP.2010.159
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