Android 10 appears to be a new beginning for the Android operating system built by Google and the new direction the company is heading is security of user data. Not only Android 10 will provide new privacy features for users, as they will have a more advanced control over the permissions they can give apps such as geolocation, access to name, email and other personal details, but the security platform of the Android OS will be significantly improved.
According to Google, the September security update that will come alongside Android 10 will fix almost 200 vulnerabilities of the Android OS.
Google is releasing new security updates for Android devices every month and Android manufacturers have to implement them independently. Not many manufacturers release security updates on a monthly basis so Google decided to provide these updates independently with the release of the Android 10 OS and they will be available through Google Play Store. Also, security updates can be installed in the background without having to reboot the devices.
This new method allowed Google to fix many problems that were discovered a long time ago, problems that were difficult to fix in the past. So, 193 Android vulnerabilities will be fixed at the same time. Some of them are very serious such bigger privileges to the person who uses the device, being able to change some aspects of the Android operating system or the possibility of running unsigned code without user approval, but also vulnerabilities that allowed apps to collect personal data.
According to Google, these vulnerabilities were never discovered or used in attacks against Android devices.
Many of these problems were located in very important areas of the Android operating systems such as the Android framework, while most problems were in the multimedia rendering system. The security update that will be released on September 1, 2019 should fix all of them.
And not least, Android 10 will integrate a new encryption system called Adiantum, which will be mandatory for all devices released with Android 10 pre-installed, regardless if we’re talking about smartphones or smart “Internet of Things” devices. The Adiantum system will be used by software developers even if they do not have the necessary knowledge to protect personal data, being very easy to implement. System processes can also run in sandbox mode to be better protected against attacks and to avoid the possibility of sending data between apps installed on the device without user approval.