Software for complex Android device security needs

Wind River has introduced three Solution Accelerators for Android Security that allow developers to quickly begin working on security requirements for Android-based devices.

The new software offerings enhance Android-based device security with advancements around Security Enhanced (SE) Android, partitioning and secure boot processes. Highlights from each module include the following:

  • Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android, SE Android: Set of enhancements added to the open source SE Android project that address a variety of vulnerabilities to make SE Android suitable for commercial use. The module also enables specialized policies as demanded by enterprises and IT departments, such as restricted privileges and customized application download policies.
  • Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android, Lightweight Partitioning: Security isolation providing multiple encrypted partitions where data can be kept secure. Isolated operation modes allow different user and work purposes on a single device as multiple personas, and expands device usage models with specialized access to varying security domains such as top secret or classified data.
  • Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android, Secure Boot: Security components for verifying and validating each stage of the boot process before being executed, including advanced authentication to prevent malicious software from running. Module secures the boot process without affecting boot time.

As Android devices and technologies continue to evolve, the embedded Android market is facing a growing need for greater security capabilities. Leveraging its deep embedded market and Android experience, Wind River can provide vital security capabilities on top of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to cover devices across multiple vertical markets such as aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial and medical.

“The Wind River Solution Accelerators for Android Security help developers unfamiliar with Android, or lacking the in-depth expertise to augment the AOSP software stack, to easily start working on complex security requirements,” said Chris Buerger, senior director of open platform products at Wind River. “Wind River provides coverage for critical security gaps in the open source Android project as well as extends capabilities to give customers the confidence of commercial-quality Android with long term support and maintenance.”

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