Assessing the Security of Android Dating Apps

University essay from KTH/Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH)

Author: Hampus Hauffman; Adam Meyer; [2020]

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Abstract: Abstract Dating apps are continuously becoming a larger part of the social media market.Like any social media app, dating apps utilize a large amount of personaldata. This thesis analyzes two dating apps and how they handle personal informationfrom a security and privacy standpoint. This was done by conceptualizinga threat model and then validating the threat through penetration testingon both of the apps in an attempt to find security vulnerabilities. This analysisproves that there is a substantial difference in whether or not app developerstake security seriously or not. Itwas found that in one of the two apps analyzed,gaining access to personal data was particularly more trivial than expected, asTLS or other encryption were not implemented and server-side authorizationwas lacking in important app features like the one-to-one user chat. Keywords – Penetration testing, ethical hacking, dating apps, Android, reverseengineering, threat modeling, risk rating

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