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Android Jelly Bean "Near Impossible" to Hack

SternisheFan (2529412) writes | more than 2 years ago

Android 2

SternisheFan writes "The latest release of Google's Android mobile operating system has finally been properly fortified with an industry-standard defense. It's designed to protect end users against hack attacks that install malware on handsets.

In an analysis published Monday, security researcher Jon Oberheide said Android version 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is the first version of the Google-developed OS to properly implement a protection known as address space layout randomization. ASLR, as it's more often referred to, randomizes the memory locations for the library, stack, heap, and most other OS data structures. As a result, hackers who exploit memory corruption bugs that inevitably crop up in complex pieces of code are unable to know in advance where their malicious payloads will be loaded. When combined with a separate defense known as data execution prevention, ASLR can effectively neutralize such attacks."

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Crackers everywhere. (1)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667465)

I hear they war cry now...... Challenge Accepted!

Ooh! They Should Name It Something Magestic Then! (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 2 years ago | (#40668401)

Maybe they should call it "The Unhackable Titanic," then!

Just remember, all it takes is one wiseass kid in Sweden to break your hundreds of thousands dollars of engineering effort designed to render your operating system "unhackable."

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