DARPA And Android Security

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is not just about robotic pack mules and cyber-sleuthing; they also fund other technology projects in various areas. One such endeavor is a new service that could help users of Google Android-power mobile devices keep their systems up-to-date with security fixes. There are many Android versions out there, and two-thirds of them are still using an almost two year-old version of the operating system. The new service, known for now as X-Ray, is currently being used to highlight the scope of the problem.

It's an effort that other security firms see as worthwhile as well. In its own studies, mobile security firm Lookout found that the update process of different carriers varied, as did the time to patch. By making the patching process more transparent to users, it could create incentives for carriers to patch faster.


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