January 21, 2012 6:53 PM Subscribe
posted by jeffburdges (35 comments total)
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The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has begun releasing Security-Enhanced Android
patches and tools, which port their Security-Enhanced Linux
tools to Android devices. SEAndroid and SELinux provide mandatory access control
designed to limit the amount of damage that rogue or exploited software can do.
There was a talk
about this at the Linux Security Summit in September 2011 which spawned various news
stories. See the Unofficial
All the security enhancements here pertain only to securing processes running on the device from interfering with one another, i.e. it's careful app sandboxing, not encryption.
There are not afaik any plans to provide any message layer security infrastructure publicly, although the NSA builds such tools for government security purposes, and certifies encryption standards.
Android users could already obtain VoIP, IM, Email, etc. encryption, and anonymity software
from the Guardian Project