As of late Google has launched it is 4th annual so-called “Android safety yr in assessment,” a number-heavy file supposed to reveal the enhancements made during the last yr relating to safety. And it isn’t simply ego-stroking, Android made nice strides all through 2017 at the matter. From the release of Play Give protection to to higher distribution of safety patches, Android as a platform hasn’t ever been extra protected.
For the entire main points, you’ll be able to learn the file in its entirety, however the brief model is that many of the improvements to Android safety skilled over 2017 stem from Play Give protection to, introduced in Would possibly 2017 at Google I/O. That is by contrast to final yr’s file for 2016, which most commonly centered at the affect of expanded SafetyNet equipment, higher safety patch distribution, mountain climbing API ranges, and platform enhancements in Android Nougat 7.zero. However for Android safety, 2017 is the yr of Play Give protection to.
As a malware detection approach it is been a little hit or miss, however Play Give protection to does fill a vital void. It is not imaginable for each and every app that exists to be personally reviewed and verified at an in depth degree—simply ask Cody, our APK Teardowns are severe paintings—however the overwhelming majority of malware available in the market is not authentic, and Play Give protection to can scan towards a recognized library to catch maximum of it.
Because of Play Give protection to, Google‘s detection fee for “Probably Damaging Apps” (a real technical classification) is up considerably. If you happen to had been unaware, your Play Retailer-equipped Android telephone in fact scans put in apps at least one time an afternoon to test for PHAs, taking motion if any are found out. And it does not simply offer protection to you from apps put in by means of the Play Retailer, sideloaded apps (that are usually extra sketchy) also are scanned. So although you are 9 occasions much more likely to get a Probably Damaging App putting in them from different assets, Google and Play Give protection to are nonetheless running exhausting to stay you more secure.
Notable details and figures from this yr’s file come with:
- Over 50 billion apps scanned through Play Give protection to day by day.
- 60% of Probably Damaging Apps discovered through Play Give protection to had been detected through device studying.
- 39 million PHAs had been got rid of from gadgets final yr.
- An extra 10 million PHAs had been stuck earlier than they had been even put in since October.
- Set up charges for Probably Damaging Apps put in out of doors of Google Play are down 60%.
- 30% extra gadgets gained safety updates final yr in comparison to 2016.
- No important vulnerabilities had been disclosed with out an replace or mitigation technique already to be had.
- A complete of $1.28 million was once paid to researchers within the Android Safety Rewards program.
Google could also be glad to reiterate it is and device efficiency on the 2017 Cellular Pwn2Own hacking contest. On the match, no exploits had been in a position to compromise Google‘s Pixel telephones, and not one of the exploits demonstrated for Android on the match had been in a position to paintings on natural AOSP—most likely which means that the ones which had been demonstrated simplest labored on changed Android device (i.e., OEM skins/ROMs).
After all, Google is not resting. In the most recent Android P developer previews, the corporate has been rolling out much more options to support person safety. As excellent a yr as 2017 could have been for Android safety enhancements, 2018 must most probably be even higher.