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Towards a threat assessment framework for apps collusion.

Kalutarage, Harsha Kumara; Nguyen, Hoang Nga; Shaikh, Siraj Ahmed


Hoang Nga Nguyen

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh


App collusion refers to two or more apps working together to achieve a malicious goal that they otherwise would not be able to achieve individually. The permissions based security model of Android does not address this threat as it is rather limited to mitigating risks of individual apps. This paper presents a technique for quantifying the collusion threat, essentially the first step towards assessing the collusion risk. The proposed method is useful in finding the collusion candidate of interest which is critical given the high volume of Android apps available. We present our empirical analysis using a classified corpus of over 29,000 Android apps provided by Intel SecurityTM.


KALUTARAGE, H.K., NGUYEN, H.N. and SHAIKH, S.A. 2017. Towards a threat assessment framework for apps collusion. Telecommunication systems [online], 66(3), pages 417-430. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 7, 2017
Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 17, 2020
Journal Telecommunication Systems
Print ISSN 1018-4864
Electronic ISSN 1572-9451
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 3
Pages 417-430
Keywords Android security; Apps collusion; Threat assessment; Bayesian; Statistical modelling
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