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Android Memory Capture and Applications for Security and Privacy, University of New Orleans 2011

Abstract

The Android operating system is quickly becoming the most popular platform for mobile devices. As Android’s use increases, so does the need for both forensic and privacy tools designed for the platform. This thesis presents the first methodology and toolset for acquiring full physical memory images from Android devices, a proposed methodology for forensically securing both volatile and non-volatile storage, and details of a vulnerability discovered by the author that allows the bypass of the Android security model and enables applications to acquire arbitrary permissions.