Whilst staunch Android obsessives here at the tellingly named Life of Android, we are acutely aware that there does tend to be a lot of Trojan traffic passing our way each week. While the inscrutable closed-source iOS rarely seems to suffer at the hands of anyone but its own programming, the gloriously open source Android is open to attack from all comers. However, that may be all about to change…
According to an analysis of the OS published this week by Jon Oberhide, the tastily tempting new version of the Google platform, Jelly Bean, is the safest operating system yet; news that will hearten both Android aficionados and devs alike.
According to Oberheide, Android 4.1 is the first version of the Google OS that will properly protect users against hacks that install malware on devices, thanks to something called ‘address space layout randomization’ (ASLR) which works by randomising the memory locations for the library, stack, heap, and most other OS data structures, stopping the hateful hackers from using memory corruption in code to access your info.
Added to this kick-bottom hacker-be-gone comes DEP (Data Execution Prevention) which, working in conjunction with ASLR like some digital wrestling tag team, can neutralise attempted attacks completely.
So not only is Jelly Bean already a delicious proposition, now it’ll officially keep devices both smart as a whip and safe as hacker-proof houses.