Mobile Security

Course Number 705012 and 705013 | Sommersemester 2021

Content

This course is a seminar-style class which focuses on security aspects of mobile devices. We study the security mechanisms of smartphones and show how to employ them to protect sensitive information. Based on that, we analyze mobile applications regarding security-critical deficiencies, examine platform and application vulnerabilities and discuss how they can be exploited by attackers.

  • Security features of mobile platforms, e.g. Android, iOS, …
    • Access protection (PIN, Patterns, …), Secure Element, OS updates, permissions, sandboxing, …
    • Which mechanisms are provided in order to protect sensitive data?
    • How do they work?
  • Key and data storage on mobile devices
    • Device encryption, key derivation functions, key management, risks
    • Which kind of keys do you manage on your device?
    • In practice, what are the risks you have to cope with?
  • Using mobile devices for identity management
    • Mobile e-signatures, threats
  • Application analysis
    • Tools and approaches, vulnerabilities and exploits, handling sensitive data, security-critical mistakes
  • Attacking today’s smartphones
    • Side-channels, Man-in-the-middle, jailbreaking, consequences
  • Mobile Phone Networks
    • IMSI Catchers, attacking phones, vulnerabilities in communication networks

Material

Lecture Slides

The lecture for Mobile Security enables you to acquire knowledge about trending topics in the field of Android and iOS. Attendance is not mandatory but you are encouraged to participate continuously in order to get the “big picture”.


Date Topic Video

Practicals and Misc

Everything related to the practicals and further material can be found on the assignments page (Note: will be unlocked after the related lecture).

Communication

For better coordination during the course, you are invited to join the # mobilesec Discord channel. To ensure that you won’t miss any essential information, there will also be old-school updates via email.

Administrative Information

Important Dates

  • 14.03.2021: Deadline to register for the lecture and the practicals class.
  • June 2021: Lecture: Written exam

Lecture Exams

Basically, each student who wants to obtain a grade for the lecture has to pass an exam. You may select and register for an exam date via TUGRAZonline.

Lecture Dates

Date Begin End Location Event Type Comment
2021/03/04 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/03/04 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/03/11 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/03/11 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/03/18 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/03/18 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/03/25 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/03/25 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/04/15 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/04/15 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/04/22 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/04/22 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/04/29 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/04/29 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/04/29 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/04/29 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/05/06 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/05/06 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/05/20 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/05/20 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/05/27 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/05/27 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/06/10 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/06/10 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/06/17 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/06/17 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/
2021/06/24 10:00 12:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung VO fix/
2021/06/24 12:00 13:00 Seminarraum Abhaltung KU fix/

Lecturers

Johannes Feichtner
Johannes
Feichtner

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