Google announces Android Oreo has been updated with improved security features


Since Android Oreo was made available to Pixel and Nexus devices, Google has been working to harden the security of the mobile platform. Today, the company announced some of the improvements they made in the security department throughout the last few months.

Some of these security features have already been implemented like making it safer to get apps and dropping insecure network protocol, while others may be released in the not so distant future.

Google confirmed that it's expanding support for hardware security, which means they have added a reference implementation for Verified Boot running with Project Treble. Verified Boot is a special security feature that's been designed to prevent devices from booting up with software that has been tampered with.

The improved security implementation is called Android Verified Boot 2.0 (AVB) and offers some nifty features that should allow for easier updates and more security, including rollback protection. The latter will prevent a device to boot if downgraded to an older OS version that might be vulnerable to an exploit.

Then, Android Oreo now features the new OEM Lock Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), which should offer device manufacturers more flexibility for how they protect in case a device is locked, unlocked, or unlockable.

There are many other under the hood security improvements Google implemented into Android Oreo, so make sure to hit the source link for the full list.

source: Google

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6 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 778; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

The rollback protection won't be good for root community

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I cared for root 2-3 years ago, when I needed Adblock , all-apps multi window,screen recording etc... Now android offers everything by default and I want my device locked up as hard as possible.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I rooted every Android phone until about 3 years ago. I just haven't felt the need for it anymore. Besides it's a feature, it can be disabled if needed but your device won't be as secure

4. eoguy

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2017

No mention of how this most recent OS update last week bricked a bunch of Nexus 6P users? Is this a press release from Google? Look it up on Twitter.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Verified Boot is a special security feature that's been designed to prevent devices from booting up with software that has been tampered with." Yet another prime example of why I say stock android is merely playing catchup with feature-packed OEM skins. Sounds literally like Samsung Knox is now making its way to stock android...

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"The latter will prevent a device to boot if downgraded to an older OS version that might be vulnerable to an exploit." This better be optional for consumers. Don't need nor want anyone dictating what software can run on my device. If I don't like the latest version, want the freedom to install an earlier version.

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