DELDroid: Determination & Enforcement of Least Privilege Architecture in AnDroid

DELDroid: Determination & Enforcement of Least Privilege Architecture in AnDroid

Android is widely used for the development and deployment of autonomous and smart systems, including software targeted for IoT and mobile devices. Security of such systems is an increasingly important concern.
Android relies on a permission model to secure the system's resources and apps. In Android, since the permissions are granted at the granularity of apps, and all components in an app inherit those permissions, an app's components are over-privileged, i.e., components are granted more privileges than they actually need. Systematic violation of least-privilege principle in Android is the root cause of many security vulnerabilities. To mitigate this issue, we have developed DELDroid, an automated system for determination of least privilege architecture in Android and its enforcement at runtime. A key contribution of DELDroid is the ability to limit the privileges granted to apps without modifying them. DELDroid utilizes static analysis techniques to extract the exact privileges each component needs. A Multiple-Domain Matrix representation of the system's architecture is then used to automatically analyze the security posture of the system and derive its least-privilege architecture. Our experiments on hundreds of real-world apps corroborate DELDroid's ability in effectively establishing the least-privilege architecture and its benefits in alleviating the security threats.

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Mahmoud Hammad

June 01, 2018
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