Wind River has introduced three Solution Accelerators for Android
Security that enhance Android-based device security with advancements
around Security Enhanced (SE) Android, partitioning, and secure boot
processes. The new modules include:
SE Android: Set of
enhancements added to the open source SE Android project that address a
variety of vulnerabilities to make SE Android suitable for commercial
use. The module also enables specialized policies as demanded by
enterprises and IT departments, such as restricted privileges and
customized application download policies.
Lightweight Partitioning: Security
isolation providing multiple encrypted partitions where data can be
kept secure. Isolated operation modes allow different user and work
purposes on a single device as multiple personas, and expands device
usage models with specialized access to varying security domains such as
top secret or classified data.
Secure Boot: Security
components for verifying and validating each stage of the boot process
before being executed, including advanced authentication to prevent
malicious software from running. Module secures the boot process without
affecting boot time
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.