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Android security model

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Android security model

  1. 1. Android Security Jesus Cox Richard RandJonathan Heide Luis Rodriguez
  2. 2. Overview• Built on the Linux kernel.• Android is open source, meaning that developers can customize the operating system to suit each device.• As a result, Android has been adapted to a wide array of mobile devices, with varying hardware, price points, and market segments.• Manufacturers have also been able to experiment with many styles of Graphical User Interfaces.• This diversity has been a security challenge, because it takes longer to update the OS to fix security flaws.
  3. 3. Permissions ACCESS_CHECKIN_PROPERTIES Allows read/write access to the "properties" table in theTraditionally UNIX security checkin database, to change values that get uploaded.is about protecting users ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION location Allows an application to access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, WiFi)from each other and the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION Allows an application to access fine (e.g., GPS) location ACCESS_LOCATION_EXTRA_COMMANDS Allows an application to access extra locationoperating system from provider commands ACCESS_MOCK_LOCATION Allows an application to create mock location providers forusers, by limiting the testing ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE Allows applications to access information about networkspermissions of certain ACCESS_SURFACE_FLINGER Allows an application to use SurfaceFlingers low levelusers. ACCESS_WIFI_STATE features Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks ACCOUNT_MANAGER Allows applications to call into AccountAuthenticators. ADD_VOICEMAIL Allows an application to add voicemails into the system.Android extends this AUTHENTICATE_ACCOUNTS Allows an application to act as an AccountAuthenticator forconcept to protect the BATTERY_STATS the AccountManager Allows an application to collect battery statisticsuser from apps they BIND_APPWIDGET Allows an application to tell the AppWidget service which application can access AppWidgets data.install. BIND_DEVICE_ADMIN Must be required by device administration receiver, to ensure that only the system can interact with it. BIND_INPUT_METHOD Must be required by an InputMethodService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it. BIND_REMOTEVIEWS Must be required by a RemoteViewsService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it. BIND_TEXT_SERVICE Must be required by a TextService (e.g. BIND_VPN_SERVICE Must be required by an VpnService, to ensure that only the system can bind to it. BIND_WALLPAPER Must be required by a WallpaperService, to ensure that
  4. 4. PermissionsDuring installation, eachapplication requests all thepermissions it may need to run.If the user chooses to grant thepermissions and install, theapplication is assigned a uniqueUID and user name (of the form“app_#”), and a set of groups thatcorrespond to its permissions.
  5. 5. How Zygote Sets UIDS and GIDS: [android/platform/dalvik.git]/vm/native/dalvik_system_Zygote.cppSet by Zygote. How? static pid_t forkAndSpecializeCommon(const u4* args, bool isSystemServer)Before the application is {run, the spawning process, pid_t pid; uid_t uid = (uid_t) args[0];zygote, uses standard UNIX gid_t gid = (gid_t) args[1];system calls to set its UID ArrayObject* gids = (ArrayObject *)args[2]; ……and GIDs. pid = fork(); if (pid == 0) { /* The child process */ …… err = setgroupsIntarray(gids); …… err = setgid(gid); …… err = setuid(uid); ……
  6. 6. How Permissions are Enforced – In the Kernel: Example: socket() [android/platform/system/core.git]/include/private/android_filesystem_config.hEnforced by kernel. How? /* The 3000 series are intended for use as supplemental group ids only. */ /* They indicate special Android capabilities that the kernel is awareOn application install, of. */ AID_NET_BT_ADMIN 3001 /* bluetooth: create any socket */some system permissions AID_NET_BT 3002 /* bluetooth: create sco, rfcomm or l2capare mapped to UNIX sockets */ AID_INET 3003 /* can create AF_INET and AF_INET6 sockets */groups with standardized AID_NET_RAW 3004 /* can create raw INET sockets */gids.
  7. 7. How Permissions are Enforced – In the Kernel: Example: socket()Enforced by kernel. How? android-3.3/net/ipv4/af_inet.c 120 #ifdef CONFIG_ANDROID_PARANOID_NETWORKOn application install, some 121 #include <linux/android_aid.h>system permissions are 122mapped to UNIX groups 123 static inline int current_has_network(void)with standardized gids. 124 { 125 return in_egroup_p(AID_INET) || capable(CAP_NET_RAW);The kernel has been 126 }modified to check the GIDs 127 #else 128 static inline int current_has_network(void)of the calling process during 129 {those system calls which 130 return 1;need protection. 131 }http://blog.appuarium.com/2011/06/23/ho 132 #endifw-android-enforces-android-permission-internet/
  8. 8. How Permissions are Enforced – In Services: Example: CameraEnforced by the Camera services/camera/libcameraservice/CameraService.cppservice. How? status_t CameraService::onTransact( uint32_t code, const Parcel& data, Parcel* reply, uint32_t flags) {On application install, // Permission checks switch (code) {some system permissions case BnCameraService::CONNECT:are mapped to UNIX const int pid = getCallingPid();groups with standardized const int self_pid = getpid();gids. if (pid != self_pid) { // were called from a different process, do the real check if (!checkCallingPermission(http://www.netmite.com/ String16("android.permission.CAMERA"))) {android/mydroid/system/c const int uid = getCallingUid();ore/include/private/androi LOGE("Permission Denial: " "cant use the camera pid=%d, uid=%d", pid, uid);d_filesystem_config.h return PERMISSION_DENIED; …..
  9. 9. How Permissions are Enforced – In Activities: Example: PhoneEnforced by the Phone platform_packages_apps_phone/AndroidManifest.xml <activity android:name="OutgoingCallBroadcaster"activity. How? android:permission="android.permission.CALL_PHONE"> <!-- CALL action intent filters, for the various waysAn XML attribute called of initiating an outgoing call. --> <intent-filter>permission: <action android:name="android.intent.action.CALL" />http://developer.android. <categorycom/guide/topics/manife android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />st/activity-element.html <data android:scheme="tel" /> ……..
  10. 10. Remote KillREMOVE_ASSETINSTALL_ASSEThttp://jon.oberheide.org/blog/2010/06/25/remote-kill-and-install-on-google-android/
  11. 11. Other Security Features• Application signing • Allows a developer to share resources between their apps• Bouncer (New) • Automatically scans and tests apps on the market for suspicious behavior• Reporting of Suspicious Apps• Android Security Team
  12. 12. PROBLEMS WITH ANDROID’S APPROACH• Many users are unable to weigh potential risks when granting permissions to an application• No way to be sure that an application will act appropriately based on the given permission• Coarse grained – users must allow all possible permissions for an app or developers must create multiple versions.• Developers tend to ask for more permissions than they need because of sparse documentation.• Sophisticated users are limited by the standard permissions made available by Android unless they root the phone.• “Remote kill“ removes autonomy from the user.• Difficulty of rolling out OS updates causes vulnerabilities to stick around on some devices forever.• Apps can access external storage without permissions.
  13. 13. Google was not happy with this report.http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-securing-mobile-devices.pdf
  14. 14. Possible Improvements• Some of the fears about malware on Android are generated by antivirus companies to drum up sales• Require a new permission to read photos or world_readable files in general on external storage• Tighten licensing requirements of Android name and imagery around security and updates• Fix documentation so developers have a better idea of what permissions they need• Use Stowaway to scan the store for apps that take more permissions than they need, and inform the developers• Extend Bouncer to unofficial stores to find more Trojan Horses and protect more users

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