Android P security updates include hardware security module

News by Robert Abel

Android has announced the upcoming version of its operating system, Android P, will include several security improvements.

Android has announced the upcoming version of its operating system, Android P, will include several security improvements such as a hardware security module, improved biometric authentication, and protected confirmation.

Devices with Android P will be supporting a StrongBox Keymaster which contains its own CPU, secure storage, and a true random number generator to help protect against package tampering and unauthorised sideloading of apps, according to Android's Program Overview.

Android P will also include improved fingerprint authentication that will deliver a standardised look, feel, and placement for the dialog that requests a fingerprint to help inspire greater confidence among users that they are interacting with a trusted source.

The new version will also include HTTP Secure by default, protected confirmation, a backup data encryption update, protected confirmation, a peripherals background policy, and Signature Scheme v3.

Android P is expected to release in the third quarter of 2018.

Android has often been the focus of security issues.

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