Title

On the Potential of Limitation-oriented Malware Detection and Prevention Techniques on Mobile Phones

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

The malware threat for mobile phones is expected to increase with the functionality enhancement of mobile phones. This threat is exacerbated with the surge in population of smart phones instilled with stable Internet access which provides attractive targets for malware developers. Prior research on malware protection has focused on avoiding the negative impact of the functionality limitations of mobile phones to keep the performance cost within the limitations of mobile phones. Being different, this paper investigates the positive impact of these limitations on suppressing the development of mobile malware. We study the state-of-the-art mobile malware, as well as the progress of academic research and industrial effort against mobile malware. Our study shows that the functionality limitations of mobile phones should be considered as advantages as they have significant impact on shrinking the living space of mobile malware. From this perspective, we propose and analyze three potential limitation-oriented techniques for effective malware detection and prevention on mobile phones.

Keywords

Mobile Security, Malware, Limitation-oriented Protection.

Discipline

Information Security

Research Areas

Information Security and Trust

Publication

International Journal of Security and Its Applications

Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

21

Last Page

30

ISSN

1738-9976

Publisher

SERSC

Additional URL

http://www.sersc.org/journals/IJSIA/vol4_no1_2010/3.pdf