The future of security in Android goes through Google Play Services

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    The future of security in Android goes through Google Play Services

    In the middle of the whole mess of Android security nobody seems to find a definitive solution to this problem but what if she had a solution? What if Google Play Services was the answer to all problems in Android?

    The last two weeks Android they have not been the easiest. From the serious vulnerability of Stagefright discovered another two days later to finally finish with a neglect of safety in our huella fingerprint by manufacturers, the operating system Google has been highlighted for its security flaws. The worst thing is that there seems to be a solution , not only for this case but for security in Android in general.

    Yes, it is true that the case of Stagefright has been something beneficial for Android , but already said Ron Amadeo : security Armageddon Android can arrive any day , and preparation by both Google and by the OEM is very inadequate. So that Google through the updates to manufacturers and hopefully weeks and even months to arrive is something inadmisibile, and if the latter are not going to do anything to improve this situation Google has to take the controls, and may have the solution for all long in their ranks: Google Play Services .

     Google Play Services and is used to make Google services work on any device regardless of version but what if you can stretch more functionality Source: Shutterstock Bloomua I

    Google Play Services is already used to make Google services work on any regardless of device version, but what if you can stretch more functionality
    Source:. Bloomua I Shutterstock

    Without getting too technical, the function Google Play Services is simple but extremely useful: it allows full access to Google APIs between applications to regardless of the version of Android that has the user , Play Services serve as a bridge between an application and Maps APIs, Location, Drive, among others. However, what really matters of Google Play Services is its scope: between 95 and 99% of Android devices with Google Play Services installed from Android 2.2 Froyo to Lollipop 5.1, the latest version

    Obviously, we refer only to those using Android with Google services, so forks like Amazon they are outside of this group of devices. Therefore, although do not count on the new Android per se if you have an older version, you’ll enjoy all the APIs of Google, which also benefits Google to be more people who use their products . But What if I could give it more power to Google Play Services? What if you could use the scope of this application not only to improve the ecosystem of Android, but to improve their safety?

     Following Stagefright, Google has improved its policy updates and fix security. But the world does not end at the Nexus and Google needs a better stunt.

    Following Stagefright, Google has improved its policy of updates and fix security. But the world does not end at the Nexus and Google needs a better dramatic effect

    Imagine a hypothetical but plausible situation. A new vulnerability embedded in the system itself, extended to all versions of Android. Google might just catch slide a new update of Google Play Services through the Play Store to include an fix this exploit and let the application should address the rest without having to account to manufacturers , unable to get an upgrade to all your devices, including the old and now abandoned. It would be a quick, safe and above all, with a broad scope, very sued Android, which leaves (or dejaba) devices with three years at his mercy on security issues.

    The problem is not security on Android per se , but in getting the updates when they need it: as soon as possible Of course, this solution is purely theoretical and might even insufficient. may have a exploit impossible to correct by this method, so it would have to find another way. There is also the risk that, if you could bring in all kinds of code in Android through Google Play Services, developers of malware attempting to exploit this route entry to do even more damage to the operating system, so Google Play Services should be “shielded” so that only Google makes changes by this route, either through a form of identification that only Google could issue or something . Similarly

    This leaves us with another worrying issue: whether Google can enter any data type in my Android device, by definition could also offload , which can leave even Google more in evidence when respecting the privacy of the data, so Google Play Services would not be a final solution . Anyway, one thing is clear: the security situation of Android has to be corrected immediately and in the event that Google could become reality of Google Play Services, whether through root permissions or include it directly in the root Android, you can save the company from Mountain View many headaches. It is now a matter of implementing it.


    The future of security in Android goes through Google Play Services
    August 15, 2015

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