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The Android Platform Security Model (and the security status of actual devices)

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Abstract: Android defines not only an operating system / platform, but a complete ecosystem with more form factors than just smart phones. In this talk, we will look at the Android ecosystem mostly for mobile devices as well as security goals the platform tries to achieve. A specific example is the upcoming mobile driving license that relies on some of the hardware security guarantees modern mobile devices can give. Finally, verifying the security status of actual OEM devices in the lab or in the field is challenging, and we introduce a new project towards crowd-sourcing such data collection in a collaboration between Cambridge University and Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Bio: René Mayrhofer is currently heading the Institute of Networks and Security at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Austria. Between 2017 and 2019, he was the Director of Android Platform Security at Google in Mountain View (US) and helped make recent advances in usable, mobile security research available to the Billions of Android users. Since his return to Linz, he continues to be involved with Android security as a domain expert to foster exchange and collaboration between Android teams at Google and academic research groups.

Previously, he held a full professorship for Mobile Computing at Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Campus Hagenberg, a guest professorship for Mobile Computing at University of Vienna, and a Marie Curie Fellowship at Lancaster University, UK. His research interests include computer security, mobile devices, network communication, and machine learning, which he currently brings together in his research on securing mobile devices and digital identity. Within the scope of u’smile, the Josef Ressel Center for User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments, his research group looked into full-stack security of mobile devices from hardware through firmware up to user interaction aspect. One particular outcome was a prototype for a privacy conscious Austrian mobile Driving License (AmDL) on Android smartphones supported by tamper-resistant hardware.

This talk is part of the Centre for Mobile, Wearable Systems and Augmented Intelligence Seminar Series series.

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