Date of Award

Fall 12-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Golden G. Richard III

Second Advisor

Vassil Roussev

Third Advisor

Jaime Niño


The Android operating system is quickly becoming the most popular platform for mobiledevices. As Android’s use increases, so does the need for both forensic and privacy toolsdesigned for the platform. This thesis presents the first methodology and toolset for acquiringfull physical memory images from Android devices, a proposed methodology for forensicallysecuring both volatile and non-volatile storage, and details of a vulnerability discovered by theauthor that allows the bypass of the Android security model and enables applications to acquirearbitrary permissions.


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