Android 4.2 Jelly Bean To Come With Advanced Security Options
Good news for the Android users, well, at least for those owning terminals upgradable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, as Android Police has exclusively torn down the software installed on the LG Nexus 4, which shows some advanced security features: SELinux, new settings for VPN connections and improvements for SMS.
The recent warnings regarding the increase in number of the malware treats aiming at the Android-powered terminals made Google be more careful about maintaining the security of the system and protecting their users by preventing and eliminating the spread of infected apps. One of the changes operated in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is “Bouncer” a scanner operated by Google for checking the apps and accepting them in the PlayStore which is available for any Android device.
The new version of the Google operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, will be launched on October 29th according to reports. It will come with SELinux – Security-Enhanced Linux – initially an distribution developed by NSA for USA’s defense system. The main strength of SELinux is that the applications will run with minimum of privileges, preventing the unauthorized use of other features of the terminals.
In the same time, in an attempt to limit the applications that are abusively using the SMS functions to squeeze some money for the hackers or spreading viruses, Google will introduce a new method for confirming the overcharge SMS. I guess though, that this feature will depend on how each carrier will define the “premium” numbers, as there are many forms of overcharge SMS threats.
The last important security change is about the use of the VPN connections. More precisely, Google is readying a method to block the internet traffic if the VPN service disconnects. I hope that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will also include openVPN, because, for the time being, this type of connection is only supported by rooted smartphones, after the user installs additional software while in beta stage. If you want to learn more about the new security improvements and learn more technical details feel free to have a look at Android Police’s post.