Security and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems. First International ICST Conference, MobiSec 2009, Turin, Italy, June 3-5, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Context-Aware Monitoring of Untrusted Mobile Applications

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-04434-2_8,
        author={Andrew Brown and Mark Ryan},
        title={Context-Aware Monitoring of Untrusted Mobile Applications},
        proceedings={Security and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems. First International ICST Conference, MobiSec 2009, Turin, Italy, June 3-5, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBISEC},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
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        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-04434-2_8}
    }
    
  • Andrew Brown
    Mark Ryan
    Year: 2012
    Context-Aware Monitoring of Untrusted Mobile Applications
    MOBISEC
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04434-2_8
Andrew Brown1,*, Mark Ryan1,*
  • 1: University of Birmingham
*Contact email: A.J.Brown@cs.bham.ac.uk, M.D.Ryan@cs.bham.ac.uk

Abstract

Current measures to enhance the security of untrusted mobile applications require a user to trust the software vendor. They do not guarantee complete protection against the behaviours that mobile malware commonly exhibits. This paper expands , building a more precise system to prevent mobile applications deviating from their intended functions. User judgements about program execution can be specified abstractly and compiled into a monitor capable of identifying an event’s context. We demonstrate our development of a prototype system for the BlackBerry platform and show how it can defend the device against unseen malware more effectively than existing security tools.