Proactive restart as cyber maneuver for Android

Zhiyong Shan, Iulian Neamtiu, Zhiyun Qian, Don Torrieri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

10 Scopus citations


Moving-target defense is an effective strategy for deflecting cyber attacks. The widespread use of smartphones in the tactical field requires novel ways of securing smartphones against an ever-increasing number of zero-day attacks. We propose a new, proactive approach for securing smartphone apps against certain classes of attacks. We leverage smartphone's native support for quick and lossless restarts to make application restart a cyber maneuver meant to deflect and confuse attackers. We propose a time-series entropy metric to quantify attack resilience. We apply our approach to 12 popular Android apps chosen from a variety of domains, including online banking and shopping. Preliminary experiments with using proactive restarts on these apps show that restart is a promising way of increasing attack resilience for a certain class of side-channel attacks named Activity Inference attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000739
StatePublished - Dec 14 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2015 - Tampa, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2015Oct 28 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Other34th Annual IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Androids
  • Computer security
  • Graphical user interfaces
  • Humanoid robots
  • Smart phones
  • Time series analysis


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