Enhancing the Security of Android Phones

Monday, March 24, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event Type
Lectures & Presentations
Computer Science

Colloquium: "Enhancing the Security of Android Phones" by Dr. Kevin Du from Syracuse University

Colloquium 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.

The main 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 Javascript code loaded into WebView. He will discuss their potential risks and why Android’s access control system is inappropriate for protecting against these types of code. Finally, he will present solutions and ongoing investigation.

Wenliang (Kevin) 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.

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