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Jelly Bean: The Toughest Android OS To Hack
(24-07-2012)
 
Jelly Bean: The Toughest Android OS To Hack
 

Google’s latest Android 4.1, which people are also calling Jelly Bean, is their first Operating System, which properly randomizes the memory, consequently making it tough for the hackers to crack. The impending Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, is expected to enter the market with some notable enhancements in the security department. To be precise, Jelly Bean will be Android’s first variant to employ (ASLR) Address Space Layout Randomization appropriately, which makes it tough for the hackers to crack. The ASLR randomizes the memory of the device, which as a result makes it hard for the hackers to carry any malicious attack, as they cannot give a proper address to their software any specific address spaces for calling while trying to hack a device. However, initially when ASLR was brought in Android 4.0, aka ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), it was found that it had several loop holes and is significantly futile for extenuating hack attacks, because of its inadequacy to randomize bigger segments of Android memory. However, that’s not the case with ASLR of Android 4.1 and all the inadequacies established in Ice Cream Sandwich has been addressed. Besides this, the Android 4.1 also addresses certain information leakage prevention potential, inherited from Linux core. The resultant outcome is denial of information sources, which might help in mounting the viability--or dependability--of a core abuse. It is significant, as a successful hack attack allows the hackers to direct a system to execute any given command. However, regardless of several security enhancements on the offering with Android 4.1, customers will still have to wait for the system to arrive in their smartphones and tablets. Though, Google will be releasing the Android 4.1 for developers this month, it will not be available for mobile manufacturers for coming six more months.