Android Smartphone and Tablet Security Assessment



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Google's Android OS drives a growing market for smartphones and tablets. Enterprises are challenged to define a standard approach to management and security because of differences in implementations across manufacturers, models and carriers, even with help from third-party management vendors.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • System Architecture
    • Communications Architecture
      • Default Security
    • Android Documentation
      • Google Platform News Site
      • Source Code
      • Developer References
      • Security Notices and Patches
    • Potentially Vulnerable Components and Services
      • OEM Vulnerabilities
      • Root-Access Vulnerabilities
      • Open-Source Vulnerabilities
      • Authentication Vulnerabilities
      • Stored Data Vulnerabilities
      • App Vulnerabilities
      • Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Vulnerabilities
      • Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities
    • Conclusion: Enterprise Implementation Advice
  • Recommended Reading
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