[ISN] NSA Releases SE Android With Better Sandboxing, Access-Control Policies

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 02:45:34 -0600 (CST)

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

Based on SE Linux, SE Android—developed by the U.S. National Security 
Agency—is a security-enhanced version of Google's mobile platform with 
stricter access-control policies.

The National Security Agency has publicly released SE Android, a secure 
version of Google's mobile operating system.

A security-enhanced version of Android, SE Android would enforce 
stricter access-control policies and better sandboxing than what is 
currently available in the most up-to-date version of Google Android. 
The NSA announced the project at the Linux Security Summit in September 
and released the first version Jan. 6.

SE Android is based on SE Linux, a hardened version of Linux that the 
NSA initially released in 2000. Several SE Linux components have 
eventually made it back into the official Linux kernel as well as 
various Linux distributions, Solaris and FreeBSD.

"Security Enhanced (SE) Android is a project to identify and address 
critical gaps in the security of Android," the agency wrote in the 
project documentation.


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