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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2015, Article ID 746930, 13 pages
Research Article

Messaging Attacks on Android: Vulnerabilities and Intrusion Detection

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon

Received 31 October 2013; Accepted 26 February 2014

Academic Editor: David Taniar

Copyright © 2015 Khodor Hamandi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Currently, Android is the leading mobile operating system in number of users worldwide. On the security side, Android has had significant challenges despite the efforts of the Android designers to provide a secure environment for apps. In this paper, we present numerous attacks targeting the messaging framework of the Android system. Our focus is on SMS, USSD, and the evolution of their associated security in Android and accordingly the development of related attacks. Also, we shed light on the Android elements that are responsible for these attacks. Furthermore, we present the architecture of an intrusion detection system (IDS) that promises to thwart SMS messaging attacks. Our IDS shows a detection rate of 87.50% with zero false positives.