NameUniversità Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria


TitleFine-Grained Access Control of Twitter Applications
Project id.35
Reference sectorICT
IP Protection LevelNo patent as yet
Description of the innovation projectOne of the problems that can limit the diffusion of social network applications is the lack of fine-grained control when an application use the APIs of a social network to access a profile. In Twitter, the access control policy is on/off, so that if a (third party) application needs the right to write in a user profile, the user is enforced to grant this right with no restriction in the entire profile. This enables a large set of security threats and can make users reluctant to run these applications. We propose an effective solution working for Android Twitter applications based on a middleware approach.
State of dev.Model
Industrial applicationMobile Apps, Cyber Security
Market segmentmobile end-users
Advantage factorAt the moment, Twitter-based applications have only on/off fully access to the owner’s profile. This is a privacy/security vulnerability. Our system overcomes this drawback, thus enabling a larger diffusion of Twitter-based applications among security/privacy aware people
Commercial challengesecurity and privacy features are becoming more and more relevant and represent an added value from a commercial point of view
Publications and Customer ReferecesBuccafurri, F., Lax, G., Nicolazzo, S., & Nocera, A. (2016). A middleware to allow fine-grained access control of twitter applications. In Proceedings of the international conference on mobile, secure and programmable networking (MSPN’2016).