Android Security Permissions - Can we trust them?

Clemens Orthacker*, Peter Teufl, Stefan Kraxberger, Günther Lackner, Michael Gissing, Alexander Marsalek, Johannes Leibetseder, Oliver Prevenhueber

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/Bericht/KonferenzbandBeitrag in einem KonferenzbandBegutachtung


The popularity of the Android System in combination with the lax market approval process may attract the injection of malicious applications (apps) into the market. Android features a permission system allowing a user to review the permissions an app requests and grant or deny access to resources prior to installation. This system conveys a level of trust due to the fact that an app only has access to resources granted by the stated permissions. Thereby, not only the meaning of single permissions, but especially their combination plays an important role for understanding the possible implications. In this paper we present a method that circumvents the permission system by spreading permissions over two or more apps that communicate with each other via arbitrary communication channels. We discuss relevant details of the Android system, describe the permission spreading process, possible implications and countermeasures. Furthermore, we present three apps that demonstrate the problem and a possible detection method.

TitelSecurity and Privacy in Mobile Information and Communication Systems - Third International ICST Conference, MobiSec 2011, Revised Selected Papers
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 9 Juli 2012
Veranstaltung3rd ICST Conference on Security and Privacy for Mobile Information and Communication Systems, MobiSec 2011 - Aalborg, Dänemark
Dauer: 17 Mai 201119 Mai 2011


NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Konferenz3rd ICST Conference on Security and Privacy for Mobile Information and Communication Systems, MobiSec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computernetzwerke und -kommunikation

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