Would You Mind Forking This Process? A Denial of Service Attack on Android (and Some Countermeasures)

  • Alessandro Armando
  • Alessio Merlo
  • Mauro Migliardi
  • Luca Verderame
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30436-1_2

Volume 376 of the book series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (IFIPAICT)
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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

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Armando
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alessio Merlo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mauro Migliardi
    • 4
  • Luca Verderame
    • 1
  1. 1.DISTUniversità degli Studi di GenovaItaly
  2. 2.Security & Trust UnitFBK-irstTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Università e-CampusItaly
  4. 4.DEIUniversity of PadovaItaly