Applying behavioral detection on android-based devices

Asaf Shabtai, Yuval Elovici

Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems, and Applications: Third …, 2010

We present Andromaly – a behavioral-based detection framework for Android-powered mobile devices. The proposed framework realizes a Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS) that continuously monitors various features and events obtained from the mobile device, and then applies Machine Learning methods to classify the collected data as normal (benign) or abnormal (malicious). Since no malicious applications are yet available for Android, we evaluated Andromaly’s ability to differentiate between game and tool applications. Successful differentiation between games and tools is expected to provide a positive indication about the ability of such methods to learn and model the behavior of an Android application and potentially detect malicious applications. Several combinations of classification algorithms, feature selections and the number of top features were evaluated. Empirical results …