Gartner Research

Android Phone Security Assessment

Published: 08 March 2010

ID: G00174745

Analyst(s): John Girard


Android phones are consumer smartphones built on open-source technologies. Google has emphasized consumer flexibility over enterprise control, leaving companies to fend for themselves and security vendors to try to fill the gap on an inherently vulnerable platform.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • System Architecture
  • Communications Architecture
  • Default Security Policies
    • Consumer Device Security
    • Enterprise Device Security
    • Documentation
  • Potentially Vulnerable Components and Services
    • Framework Vulnerabilities
    • Firmware Vulnerabilities
    • Root-Access Vulnerabilities
    • Authentication Vulnerabilities
    • Stored Data Vulnerabilities
    • Application Vulnerabilities
    • ActiveSync Vulnerabilities
    • Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities

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