Security improvements in Android Oreo

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by summerheat, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. summerheat

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    https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/08/hardening-kernel-in-android-oreo.html

     
  2. Beyonder

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    Impressive! One day we might even have CopperheadOS-level of security on stock!

    I doubt it though.
     
  3. Rasheed187

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    Perhaps a bit of a dumb question, but is it possible to download this new Android OS for any smartphone?
     
  4. summerheat

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    No, it depends if the manufacturer of your device will offer an update for it (which is often not the case if it's not a newer model). You can also look on https://download.lineageos.org/ if your device is supported by LineageOS. They will certainly switch to Oreo before long.
     
  5. Rasheed187

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    OK, so it's not like with PC's, where you can download Windows updates no matter which device it's running on, so it's all about the manufacturer.
     
  6. RockLobster

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    Yes it is an insideous marketing ploy that if you want a security update you have to buy a new phone. I was talking to an Android developer the other day he told me 25% of the downloads of his apps are still using Android 4 and are therefore wide open to all kinds of security exploits, not least, all the weak TLS ciphers that facilitate mitm attacks.
     
  7. elapsed

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    Rofl. No, it's all to do with drivers and Qualcomm idiocy.
     
  8. Trooper

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    Would sure be nice but I doubt it as well.

    Running smooth on my Pixel XL so far.
     
  9. Rasheed187

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    OK I see, makes sense. Weird that this hasn't been regulated yet. I mean, shouldn't the developer of Android push security updates that will work on all devices?
     
  10. summerheat

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    So far this hasn't been possible becuase of the big midifications done by other smartphone manufacturters. However, Oreo tries to improve that situation with Treble. More info here.
     
  11. Rasheed187

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    Didn't know that manufacturers could alter Android to the point that updates from Google won't work, makes no sense. I will soon update Android on a Samsung smartphone, let's see what happens.

    http://www.youmobile.org/blogs/entr...-are-going-to-get-the-official-Nougat-update/
     
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    Actually you can, if you're willing to root it and install custom ROM's.
     
  14. summerheat

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    Yes, but not for "any" smartphones, only if they are supported. I believe that LineageOS has the biggest list of supported devices. LOS 15 (=Oreo) isn't available yet, though, they are still working on it.
     
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    Linux LTS kernels will from now on maintained for 6 years (instead of 2 years). This is good news (not only) for Android users.
     
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