Google transits to Memory Safety Languages for added Mobile Security

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Google’s transition to more safe memory languages has brought down the security vulnerability count on Android from 223 in 2019 to just 83 in the current year. And the business unit of Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary last week made the announcement, as it achieved 65% success in surpassing memory safety flaws.

As the drop in vulnerabilities is going in parallel with a shift in programming language, security analysts from the internet juggernaut are proactively corelating it to the language shift.

Android 13, released to the public in August this year, has been written in the new code of RUST programming language, an alternative to C/C++.

Google says there have been ‘Zero’ memory safety issues observed to date in the new OS release, suggesting RUST has optimized both security and system health on the new Android release with very few compromises.

From a security point of view, Android 13 offers an impressive control in keeping information such as photos, videos and clipboard history away from fraudulent access. It recently rolled out the new OS to its Pixel 7 series of phones and later. And NOTHING and Nokia will also be offering handsets loaded with this latest OS from December 2022.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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