Would You Mind Forking This Process? A Denial of Service Attack on Android (and Some Countermeasures)
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- Armando A., Merlo A., Migliardi M., Verderame L. (2012) Would You Mind Forking This Process? A Denial of Service Attack on Android (and Some Countermeasures). In: Gritzalis D., Furnell S., Theoharidou M. (eds) Information Security and Privacy Research. SEC 2012. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 376. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
We present a previously undisclosed vulnerability of Android OS which can be exploited by mounting a Denial-of-Service attack that makes devices become totally unresponsive. We discuss the characteristics of the vulnerability – which affects all versions of Android – and propose two different fixes, each involving little patching implementing a few architectural countermeasures. We also provide experimental evidence of the effectiveness of the exploit as well as of the proposed countermeasures.