publication . Article . 2018

Costly freeware: a systematic analysis of abuse in download portals

Richard Rivera; Platon Kotzias; Avinash Sudhodanan; Juan Caballero;
Open Access
  • Published: 06 Jun 2018 Journal: IET Information Security, volume 13, pages 27-35 (issn: 1751-8709, eissn: 1751-8717, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Abstract
Freeware is proprietary software that can be used free of charge. A popular vector for distributing freeware is download portals, i.e. websites that index, categorise, and host programs. Download portals can be abused to distribute potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and malware. The abuse can be due to PUP and malware authors uploading their ware, by benign freeware authors joining as affiliate publishers of pay-per-install (PPI) services and other affiliate programs, or by malicious download portal owners. The authors perform a systematic study of abuse in download portals. They build a platform to crawl download portals and apply it to download 191 K Windows ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Computer Networks and Communications, Software, Information Systems, Installation, Upload, Malware, computer.software_genre, computer, Computer network, business.industry, business, World Wide Web, Download, Sandbox (computer security), Computer science
Funded by
EC| ELASTEST
Project
ELASTEST
ElasTest: an elastic platform for testing complex distributed large software systems
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 731535
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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publication . Article . 2018

Costly freeware: a systematic analysis of abuse in download portals

Richard Rivera; Platon Kotzias; Avinash Sudhodanan; Juan Caballero;