FlashPatch: Spreading software updates over flash drives in under-connected regions

Henry Corrigan-Gibbs, Jay Chen

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Abstract

We present the design and implementation of FlashPatch, a system which exploits the ubiquity of USB drives-normally a vector for virus transmission-to facilitate the distribution of software updates. Our system spreads software updates to offline machines by having the updates "piggy-back" on the existing circulation of USB flash drives. We discuss the techncial and ethical issues involved in the deployment of such a system and we describe the results of preliminary field testing in rural Ghana.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, ACM DEV 2013
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450325585
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Event4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, ACM DEV 2013 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Dec 6 2013Dec 7 2013

Other

Other4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, ACM DEV 2013
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period12/6/1312/7/13

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Keywords

  • Anti-virus
  • Development
  • Security
  • Software updates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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Corrigan-Gibbs, H., & Chen, J. (2013). FlashPatch: Spreading software updates over flash drives in under-connected regions. In Proceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, ACM DEV 2013 [15] Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2537052.2537067