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Smartphone Security Lab
Practical course (Master-Praktikum) in Summer Term 2013

Sven Bugiel, Erik Derr
Final report and presentations at the end of term.
Organisatorial Meeting
Monday, 29th April from 14-16h, E1.1 Room 2.06
Presentation Sessions

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In this practical course, the students deal with different aspects of smartphone security. In general, the awareness and understanding of the students for security and privacy problems in the area of smartphones is increased. The students learn in a guided manner how to analyze security architectures of modern smartphones OSes and develop security extensions themselves.

The project tasks specifically target the open-source Android OS and include the following areas:

Exemplary project topics:


The official registration for the seminar will occur at the organizational meeting. The students are encouraged to pre-register before this initial meeting by sending an e-mail to smartseclab13(at)mail-infsec(dot)cs(dot)uni-saarland(dot)de. Pre-registration is not binding and is no longer necessary for the students who have already contacted us regarding the course (this effectively counts as pre-registering). For your final registration you have to show up in the organizational meeting. Places for the final registration will be provided in the order of pre-registration until all places are taken.

The tasks are solved in teams of 3 students. Thus, please indicate in your mails who your partners are!

Please note that the number of participants is limited to 21!


There are no formal requirements for participation. Students who want to participate in the course should

Actual programming experience on Android or at OS-level is not a prerequisite, but definitively an advantage.

Participation in the organizational meeting and all the presentation sessions is mandatory.

Requirements for obtaining credit points (Scheinvergabe)

The programming tasks are solved in teams of 3 students. Each team has to choose one topic, either from a given list (examples see below) or propose their own topic, and work on this topic during the course of the semester. At the midterm of the semester, each team has to hand in a short progress report (PDF, 6-10 pages) and at the end of the semester a final report (PDF, 10-15 pages) as well as the source code of the project work has to be submitted. Morever, a concluding lab-session is held in which every team has to shortly present its work and results.

Course Materials

The lecture materials can only be accessed from within the Saarland University network. Please use a VPN to connect.