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Android Ice Cream Sandwich More Secure Than Its Predecessors

The latest version of the Android operating system, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich is reportedly a lot more effective than its predecessors when it comes to defending users' devices from malicious hack attacks.

According to reports, Android 4.0, more commonly known as the Ice Cream Sandwich, features in it a mitigation called the ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization). This new feature in the OS makes sure that the memory location of the device containing software components keeps on changing on a regular basis.

This, according to experts, essentially lowers the vulnerability of the target device even if a hacker somehow recognises some loopholes in the security of the device.

"Android 4.0 now provides address space layout randomization (ASLR) to help protect system and third party applications from exploitation due to memory-management issues," according to a note posted to the Android Developers blog (opens in new tab).

"Any application can use the keychain API to install and store user certificates and CAs securely," the blog post added.

The ASLR feature has been long used by tech giants Microsoft and Apple in their respective products Windows and Mac OS X.

In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich also brings along with it a more secured encryption and website authentication functionality.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.