NSA Releases SE Android With Better Sandboxing, Access-Control Policies



The National Security Agency has publicly released SE Android, a secure version of Google's mobile operating system.

A security-enhanced version of Android, SE Android would enforce stricter access-control policies and better sandboxing than what is currently available in the most up-to-date version of Google Android. The NSA announced the project at the Linux Security Summit in September and released the first version Jan. 6.

SE Android is based on SE Linux, a hardened version of Linux that the NSA initially released in 2000. Several SE Linux components have eventually made it back into the official Linux kernel as well as various Linux distributions, Solaris and FreeBSD.

"Security Enhanced (SE) Android is a project to identify and address critical gaps in the security of Android," the agency wrote in the project documentation.

As designed, SE Android would ..

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