Web access monitoring mechanism for Android WebView

Yuta Imamura, Hiroyuki Uekawa, Yasuhiro Ishihara, Masaya Sato, Toshihiro Yamauchi

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4 Citations (Scopus)


In addition to conventional web browsers, WebView is used to display web content on Android. WebView is a component that enables the display of web content in mobile applications, and is extensively used. As WebView displays web content without having to redirect the user to web browsers, there is the possibility that unauthorized web access may be performed secretly via Web-View, and information in Android may be stolen or tampered with. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor and analyze web access via WebView, particularly because attacks exploiting WebView have been reported. However, there is no mechanism for monitoring web access viaWebView. In this work, the goals are to monitor web access via WebView and to analyze mobile applications using Web-View. To achieve these goals, we propose a web access monitoring mechanism for Android WebView. In this paper, the design and implementation of a mechanism that does not require any modifications to the Android Framework and Linux kernel are presented for the Chromium Android System WebView app. In addition, this paper presents evaluation results for the proposed mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, ACSW 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354363
Publication statusPublished - Jan 29 2018
Event2018 Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, ACSW 2018 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Jan 29 2018Feb 2 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2018 Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, ACSW 2018


  • Android
  • Web access monitoring
  • WebView

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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