Colloquium: "Enhancing the Security of Android Phones" by Dr. Kevin Du from Syracuse UniversityColloquium Abstract:With the
pervasive use of mobile devices, protecting these devices is of critical
importance. This talk consists of two parts: In the first part, the speaker
will give a brief tutorial on smartphone security, covering some of the key
security features in iOS and Android, as well as how they can be attacked. In
the second part, he will focus on his research in Android security.
Although Android is designed with security in mind, its security features are
insufficient, and sometimes inappropriate. Dr. Du will give an overview of the
research problems that he and his students are trying to solve.
objective of his research is to develop better access control systems for the
Android operating system. In this talk, he will focus on providing fine-grained
access control for Android to protect against untrusted third-party code, such
as advertisement code, code in third-party plugins (such as PhoneGap plugins),
and why Android’s access control system is inappropriate for protecting against
these types of code. Finally, he will present solutions and ongoing
Du received his B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of
China in 1993, and Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2001. Dr. Du is
currently a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at Syracuse University. His research area is in computer and network
security, and his current research interests include web security and mobile
system security. He is also interested in developing instructional laboratories
for security education, and the labs he developed have been used by over 200
universities worldwide. His research has been sponsored by grants from National
Science Foundation, Army Research Office, JP Morgan Chase, and Google.