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Culminating Project Title

Attacks on the Android Platform

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Susantha Herath

Second Advisor

Jim Chen

Third Advisor

Changsoo Sohn

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Android, Malware, Security, Defensive Mechanism, Mobile Devices


The focus of this research revolves around Android platform security, specifically Android malware attacks and defensive techniques. Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. With the rise of device mobility in our data-driven world, Android constitutes most of the operating systems on these mobile devices playing a dominant role in today’s world. Hence, this paper analyzes attacks and the various defensive mechanisms that have been proposed to prevent those attacks.


I want to thank the Information Assurance department for their continuous support of my Starred paper and research. Besides the department, I would like to thank my advisor Dr. Susantha Herath, and my committee members, Dr. Jim Chen and Dr. Changsoo Sohn.