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User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments

The mission of this Josef Ressel Center for User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments (u’smile) was the analysis of security issues in current and future mobile applications; the design, development, and evaluation of concepts, methods, protocols, and prototypical implementations for addressing them; and communication and co-ordination with industry partners and standardization organizations towards establishing globally accepted standards for secure, interoperable, mobile services.

Broadly summarizing, JRC u’smile succeeded with many specific contributions towards this vision, and in producing a final prototype of the Austrian mobile driving license on Android smartphones, which brings together the lines of research pursued within the 5 years.

After 5 years of research in mobile security, the Josef Ressel Center for User-friendly Secure Mobile Environments (u’smile) was successfully concluded on September 29th, 2017.

SBA Research contributed by leading the research module Security enhancements for mobile services, libraries and applications, centered on static and dynamic code analysis, de-obfuscation of critical code segments, system patching using elevated privileges, library swapping, establishing security assessment frameworks and enhancing overall security by using optimized system libraries.

Furthermore, SBA Research co-organized the Android Security Symposium 2015 and 2017 at TU Wien.

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The project was funded by the Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft (CDG) and a number of industry partners.