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August 22, 2014

Researchers develop framework to enhance Android device security

The framework is available for security specialists.

By CBR Staff Writer

Researchers from North Carolina State University and TU Darmstadt University, Germany, have developed Android Security Modules (ASM) framework, which will allow developers and users to plug in new security enhancements to their devices.

The new framework is a modification made to the core Android operating system, which is aimed at eliminating the problems that may prevent developers and users from using the new security tool.

The AMS framework will allow users to use the new security tools without modifying their devices firmware or OS.

Though Android is an open source platform, there is variation in its tablet and smartphone version which disorganises firmware and patching, that can pose threat to businesses using the OS.

The ASM creates custom security control modules that will receive callbacks to determine whether an operation should proceed or not, which claimed to protect Android powered devices in a in a better way.

NC State University assistant professor of computer science, Dr. William Enck, said: "Our ASM framework can be used in various personal and enterprise scenarios. For instance, security modules can implement dual persona: i.e., enable users to securely use their smartphones and tablets at home and at work while strictly separating private and enterprise data.

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"Security modules can also enhance consumer privacy. The framework provides callbacks that can filter, modify, or anonymise data before it is shared with third-party apps, in order to protect personal information."

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