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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2024-04
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Constrain local network access for mobile devices

LANShield is a tool that will give users control over which apps and programs are allowed to access devices in the local network. This is done to defend against malicious apps that may try to scan the user's local network and subsequently leak sensitive information. For instance, when an app tries to access the local network for the first time, the user is asked whether this app should be allowed to access local devices. The project will also investigate models and protocols to safely enable an app to communicate with local devices, with the idea that apps can use this protocol to access local devices without requiring explicit user permission. The project will also investigate how to integrate this defence into Android.

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Run by KU Leuven (DistriNet)

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.