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Security versus energy tradeoffs in host-based mobile malware detection

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Security versus energy tradeoffs in host-based mobile malware detection
The rapid growth of mobile malware necessitates the presence of robust malware detectors on mobile devices. However, running malware detectors on mobile devices may drain their battery, causing users to disable these protection mechanisms to save power. This paper studies the security versus energy tradeoffs for a particularly challenging class of malware detectors, namely rootkit detectors. We investigate the security versus energy tradeoffs along two axes: attack surface and malware scanning frequency, for both code and data based rootkit detectors. Our findings, based on a real implementation on a mobile handheld device, reveal that protecting against code-driven attacks is relatively cheap, while protecting against all data-driven attacks is prohibitively expensive. Based on our findings, we determine a sweet spot in the security versus energy tradeoff, called the balanced profile, which protects a mobile device against a vast majority of known attacks, while consuming a lim...
Jeffrey Bickford, H. Andrés Lagar-Cavilla,
Added 16 Sep 2011
Updated 16 Sep 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where MOBISYS
Authors Jeffrey Bickford, H. Andrés Lagar-Cavilla, Alexander Varshavsky, Vinod Ganapathy, Liviu Iftode
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