FUSE: Inter-Application Security for Android

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB2-0084
Amount: $148,842.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB102-002
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Michael Potoczny-Jones
 Principal Investigator
 (503) 808-7177
Business Contact
 Anne McClaran
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (503) 808-7203
Email: anne@galois.com
Research Institution
Mobile applications are becoming ubiquitous, appearing in many new situations. Some of these areas have specific requirements pertaining to information flow and device functionality. However, software on these devices is currently unregulated, and there are mechanisms within the mobile operating systems that facilitate unintended and undesirable information sharing as well as granting excessive control to untrusted applications. To demonstrate this problem, we have created sample applications that exhibit unexpected capabilities in a manner that is (a) trivially implemented, (b) conforms to the advertised mechanisms for protecting such functionality, and (c) can easily go unnoticed by the user. Our proposed Field Unit Security Enforcer (FUSE) system will detect and alert the user to the presence of unintended capabilities, such as those demonstrated in the sample applications. FUSE will operate by performing a static analysis of each application's configuration and byte code before that application is installed on an Android platform.

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