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Android application collusion demystified

Abro, F. I., Rajarajan, M., Chen, T. & Rahulamathavan, Y. (2017). Android application collusion demystified. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 759, pp. 176-187. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-65548-2_14


Application collusion is an emerging threat to Android based devices. In app collusion, two or more apps collude in some manner to perform a malicious action that they are unable to do independently. Detection of colluding apps is a challenging task. Existing commercial malware detection systems analyse each app separately, hence fail to detect any joint malicious action performed by multiple apps through collusion. In this paper, we discuss the current state of research on app collusion and open challenges to the detection of colluding apps. We compare existing approaches and present an integrated approach to effectively detect app collusion.

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