Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Computer Science


Computer Science

Major Professor

Dr. Golden Richard III

Second Advisor

Dr. Vassil Roussev

Third Advisor

Dr. Adlai Depano


The pace at which data and information transfer and storage has shifted from PCs to mobile devices is of great concern to the digital forensics community. Android is fast becoming the operating system of choice for these hand-held devices, hence the need to develop better forensic techniques for data recovery cannot be over-emphasized. This thesis analyzes the volatile memory for Motorola Android devices with a shift from traditional physical memory extraction to carving residues of data on a “per process basis”. Each Android application runs in a separate process within its own Dalvik Virtual Machine (JVM) instance, thus, the proposed “per process basis” approach. To extract messages, we first extract the runtime memory of the MotoBlur application, then carve and reconstruct both deleted and undeleted messages (emails and chat messages). An experimental study covering two Android phones is also presented.


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