Google has extended its Patch Reward Program to include a raft of new platforms and technologies including its own Android system as it looks to improve the securiry of open source software.
The firm announced an overhaul to its security patch policies last month, offering white hats up to $3,133 for fixes.
CyanogenMod, the largest custom Android ROM, is looking to jump into the mainstream in a big way. The top members of the team responsible for the ROM recently received $7 million in funding to form CyanogenMod Inc.
Google's mobile operating system Android has been a whipping boy for some segments of the security community, but the latest version of the software may begin to rehabilitate its reputation.
Android 4.4, or KitKat, contains a number of new and improved features that are garnering the praise of malware fighters. They include improved implementation of SELinux, better warnings about bad website certificates, and a fortified method for blocking potential malicious changes to the operating system.
According to F-Secure’s latest report titled ‘Mobile Threats’ covering the latest developments in the mobile malware sector for Q3 2013, the vast majority of malware is targeted directly at Android.
It's fair to say that Android went through some chaotic years in the beginning. The pace of development was frantic as the operating system grew at an unprecedented rate.
An as-yet undetermined future led to decisions that were made to conform to existing hardware and architectures, the available development tools, and the basic need to ship working code on tight deadlines.