Fans of the Android platform are mainly looking forward to the launch of the next version of the operating system. Critics of the platform accuse it of being too fragmented and prone to security breaches because of rogue applications. Now there are reports that Ice Cream Sandwich release date will bring better security to the platform.
According to an article on The Register the latest version of the mobile operating system has been enhanced in a way to make it harder for hackers to take control of handsets. It will now be more difficult for criminals to exploit code errors in the underlying code.
Ice Cream Sandwich will now have a mitigation known as ASLR or address space layout randomization. This works by changing memory locations where software components are loaded. This will result in it being much harder for hackers to start malicious code even when they have identified an otherwise serious vulnerability, as they will not know now where the software will be loaded onto the device.
Apple’s iOS, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows have long used an ASLR for minimizing the damage that can be achieved when exploiting flaws in complex pieces of code. On the Android Developers blog a note said “Android 4.0 now provides address space layout randomization (ASLR) to help protect system and third party applications from exploitation due to memory-management issues”.
Other improvements include a more secure way to manage private keys used to encrypt data, as well as authenticating websites. Are you looking forward to Android 4.0?