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August 2016

A security assessment of Android full-disk encryption

Sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com

This article in our Royal Holloway Security Series describes an attack on Android 5.0 full disk encryption and discusses potential countermeasures.

Table Of Contents

  • Full-disk encryption of mobile devices, such as iPhone and Android smartphones, is a popular way to protect data in the event the device is lost or stolen.
  • Access to the unencrypted data is only given to the user presenting the correct decryption key, but anyone in possession of the device is able to access the data in encrypted form and launch attacks.
  • In autumn 2014, Google announced that Android 5.0 would be shipped with full-disk encryption by default – this full-disk encryption is given a holistic analysis of its security in this study.