Open Mobile API: Accessing the UICC on Android Devices

TitleOpen Mobile API: Accessing the UICC on Android Devices
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRoland, M., & Hölzl M.
Series TitleTechnical Report
Document NumberarXiv:1601.03027 [cs.CR], Computing Research Repository (CoRR),
Date Published01/2016
InstitutionUniversity of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, JR-Center u'smile
TypeTechnical Report
KeywordsNear Field Communication (NFC), Open Mobile API, Reverse Engineering, secure element, Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC)

This report gives an overview of secure element integration into Android devices. It focuses on the Open Mobile API as an open interface to access secure elements from Android applications. The overall architecture of the Open Mobile API is described and current Android devices are analyzed with regard to the availability of this API. Moreover, this report summarizes our efforts of reverse engineering the stock ROM of a Samsung Galaxy S3 in order to analyze the integration of the Open Mobile API and the interface that is used to perform APDU-based communication with the UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card). It further provides a detailed explanation on how to integrate this functionality into CyanogenMod (an after-market firmware for Android devices).

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