Understanding and Improving Security of the Android Operating System
Technical Report,01 Sep 2012,31 Dec 2016
Syracuse University Syracuse United States
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Realization of practical computer security improvements requires an insight into the systems security architecture, combined with a consideration of end-users needs as well as the systems design tenets. In spite of Androids open source philosophy, the system is extremely large and complex, documentation and reference materials are scarce, and the code base is rapidly evolving with new features and fixes. To make matters worse, the vast majority of Android devices in use do not run the open source code, but rather proprietary versions that have been heavily customized by vendors for product differentiation.
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