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HOW SMART IS YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE A Project Report Presented to The Faculty of the Department of Computer Science San Jos State University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Computer Science by Deepika Mulani May 2010 SAN JOS STATE UNIVERSITY The Undersigned Project Committee Approves the Project Titled HOW SMART IS YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE by Deepika Mulani APPROVED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE Dr Mark Stamp Department of Computer Science Date Dr Jon Pearce Department of Computer Science Date Dr Chris Pollett Department of Computer Science Date APPROVED FOR THE UNIVERSITY Associate Dean Office of Graduate Studies and Research Date ABSTRACT HOW SMART IS YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE by Deepika Mulani Smart phones are ubiquitous today These phones generally have access to sensitive personal information and consequently they are a prime target for attackers A virus or worm that spreads over the network to cell phone users could be particularly damaging Due to a rising demand for secure mobile phones manufacturers have increased their emphasis on mobile security In this project we address some security issues relevant to the current Android smartphone framework Specifically we demonstrate an exploit that targets the Android telephony service In addition as a defense against the loss of personal information we provide a means to encrypt data stored on the external media card While smartphones remain vulnerable to a variety of security threats this encryption provides an additional level of security ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to thank to Dr Mark Stamp my project advisor for his guidance and support throughout my Masters degree and project I would like to thank him especially for his belief in me to work on this project I would like to thank Dr Chris Pollett and Dr Jon Pearce for their guidance and suggestions while I was working on this project And special thanks to my dear husband Kamlesh for believing in me and being my pillar



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