RootGuard: Protecting rooted android phones

Yuru Shao, Xiapu Luo, Chenxiong Qian

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Though popular for achieving full operation functionality, rooting Android phones opens these devices to significant security threats. RootGuard offers protection from malware with root privileges while providing user flexibility and control. The Web extra at is a video demonstration of how RootGuard manages root privileges of Android apps in a flexible and robust manner. First, we use the popular root-required app Root Explorer to show the configuration and effectiveness of RootGuard policies. Then, we use DKFBootkit, a real-world malicious app that leverages root access to do evil, to show how malware attacks performed with root privileges are mitigated by RootGuard.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Specialist publicationComputer
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Android
  • malware
  • root privilege
  • root-management systems
  • RootGuard
  • security
  • smartphone security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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