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Abstract: “We present a technique to mine explicit information flow specifications from concrete executions. These specifications can be consumed by a static taint analysis, enabling static analysis to work even when method definitions are missing or portions of the program are too difficult to analyze statically (e.g., due to dynamic features such as reflection). We present an implementation of our technique for the Android platform. When compared to a set of manually written specifications for 309 methods across 51 classes, our technique is able to recover 96.36% of these manual specifications and produces many more correct annotations that our manual models missed. We incorporate the generated specifications into an existing static taint analysis system, and show that they enable it to find additional true flows. Although our implementation is Android-specific, our approach is applicable to other application frameworks.”