A systematic approach for cell-phone worm containment

Xie Liang, Song Hui, Trent Ray Jaeger, Sencun Zhu

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Abstract

Cell phones are increasingly becoming attractive targets of various worms, which cause the leakage of user privacy, extra service charges and depletion of battery power. In this work, we study propagation of cell-phone worms, which exploit Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and/or Bluetooth for spreading. We then propose a systematic countermeasure against the worms. At the terminal level, we adopt Graphic Turing test and identity-based signature to block unauthorized messages from leaving compromised phones; at the network level, we propose a push-based automated patching scheme for cleansing compromised phones. Through experiments on phone devices and a wide variety of networks, we show that cellular systems taking advantage of our defense can achieve a low infection rate (e.g., less than 3% within 30 hours) even under severe attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08
Pages1083-1084
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2008
Event17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08 - Beijing, China
Duration: Apr 21 2008Apr 25 2008

Publication series

NameProceeding of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08

Other

Other17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period4/21/084/25/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Liang, X., Hui, S., Jaeger, T. R., & Zhu, S. (2008). A systematic approach for cell-phone worm containment. In Proceeding of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08 (pp. 1083-1084). (Proceeding of the 17th International Conference on World Wide Web 2008, WWW'08). https://doi.org/10.1145/1367497.1367667