In the today’s mobile communications scenario, smartphones offer new capabilities to develop sophisticated applications that seem to make daily life easier and more convenient for users. Such applications, which may involve mobile ticketing, identification, access control operations, etc., are often accessible through social network aggregators, that assume a fundamental role in the federated identity management space. While this makes modern smartphones very powerful devices, it also makes them very attractive targets for spyware injection. This kind of malware is able to bypass classic authentication measures and steal user credentials even when a secure element is used, and can, therefore, perform unauthorized mobile access to social network services without the user’s consent. Such an event allows stealing sensitive information or even a full identity theft. In this work, we address this issue by introducing BrightPass, a novel authentication mechanism based on screen brightness. BrightPass allows users to authenticate safely with a PIN- based confirmation in the presence of specific operations on sensitive data. We compare BrightPass with existing schemes, in order to show its usability and security within the social network arena. Furthermore, we empirically assess the security of BrightPass through experimentation. Our tests indicate that BrightPass protects the PIN code against automatic submissions carried out by malware while granting fast authentication phases and reduced error rates.
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|Titolo:||Using Screen Brightness to Improve Security in Mobile Social Network Access|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|