SymbOS malware classification problems presented at Virus Bulletin 2006

by Vesselin Bontchev (Frisk software international),

Tags: Security


Summary : "Since 'smart' mobile phones running the Symbian operating system have become popular, so
has the malware (mainly viruses and Trojan horses) for them. The peculiarities of this
operating system, mainly related to how software for it can be distributed, have resulted
in some interesting problems, arising when attempting to classify and identify exactly the
malware for it. Although it is not likely that they are being intentionally exploited by
the malware authors yet (and, in fact, they are sometimes exacerbated by these people's
stupidity and ignorance), these problems nevertheless cause some trouble (both
theoretical and practical) to the anti-virus programs for this environment. This paper
aims to examine all these problems in detail and to suggest ideas for their
circumvention or resolution.