A Probabilistic Cost-efficient Approach for Mobile Security Assessment

Martín Barrère 1, * Gaëtan Hurel 1 Rémi Badonnel 1 Olivier Festor 1
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1 MADYNES - Management of dynamic networks and services
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - NSS - Department of Networks, Systems and Services
Abstract : The development of mobile technologies and services has contributed to the large-scale deployment of smartphones and tablets. These environments are exposed to a wide range of security attacks and may contain critical information about users such as contact directories and phone calls. Assessing configuration vulnerabilities is a key challenge for maintaining their security, but this activity should be performed in a lightweight manner in order to minimize the impact on their scarce resources. In this paper we present a novel approach for assessing configuration vulnerabilities in mobile devices by using a probabilistic cost-efficient security framework. We put forward a probabilistic assessment strategy supported by a mathematical model and detail our assessment framework based on OVAL vulnerability descriptions. We also describe an implementation prototype and evaluate its feasibility through a comprehensive set of experiments.
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Martín Barrère, Gaëtan Hurel, Rémi Badonnel, Olivier Festor. A Probabilistic Cost-efficient Approach for Mobile Security Assessment. IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM'13), Oct 2013, Zurich, Switzerland. ⟨hal-00875219⟩

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