Researchers propose new Android security framework that could aid BYOD schemes


Android security might be getting a major facelift, if these researchers are to be believed.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

U.S. and German security researchers have proposed a new security framework for Android that would make it easier to install new security extensions – both enterprise and consumer — for specific purposes. A major aim is to make Android friendlier to corporate bring-your-own-device schemes.

The researchers, from North Carolina State University and Technische Universität Darmstadt, described the Android Security Modules (ASM) framework in a paper (PDF) that will be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego on Friday. The framework (source code info here) can already be installed on a rooted Android phone, but the hope is for [company]Google[/company] or a big phone manufacturer to bake it into the operating system.

Senior author William Enck said in a statement that plenty of researchers are coming up with new security extensions to protect Android users, but “these new tools aren’t getting into the hands of users because…

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