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Rust in the Android platform

Posted by Jeff Vander Stoep and Stephen Hines, Android Team Correctness of code in the Android platform is a top priority for the security, stability, and quality of each Android release. Memory safety bugs in C and C++ continue to be the most-difficult-to-address source of incorrectness. We invest a great deal of effort and resources into detecting,...

Announcing the Android Ready SE Alliance

Posted by Sudhi Herle and Jason Wong, Android Team When the Pixel 3 launched in 2018, it had a new tamper-resistant hardware enclave called Titan M. In addition to being a root-of-trust for Pixel software and firmware, it also enabled tamper-resistant key storage for Android Apps using StrongBox. StrongBox is an implementation of the Keymaster HAL that...

Announcing the winners of the 2020 GCP VRP Prize

Posted by Harshvardhan Sharma, Information Security Engineer, Google We first announced the GCP VRP Prize in 2019 to encourage security researchers to focus on the security of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in turn helping us make GCP more secure for our users, customers, and the internet at large. In the first iteration of the prize, we awarded $100,000...

Google, HTTPS, and device compatibility

Posted by Ryan Hurst, Product Management, Google Trust ServicesEncryption is a fundamental building block when you’re on a mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible with strong security and privacy. This is why a little over four years ago we created Google Trust Services—our publicly trusted Certificate Authority...

A Spectre proof-of-concept for a Spectre-proof web

Posted by Stephen Röttger and Artur Janc, Information Security EngineersThree years ago, Spectre changed the way we think about security boundaries on the web. It quickly became clear that flaws in modern processors undermined the guarantees that web browsers could make about preventing data leaks between applications. As a result, web browser vendors...

Continuing to Raise the Bar for Verifiable Security on Pixel

Posted by Eugene Liderman, Android Security and Privacy TeamEvaluating the security of mobile devices is difficult, and a trusted way to validate a company’s claims is through independent, industry certifications. When it comes to smartphones one of the most rigorous end-to-end certifications is the Common Criteria (CC) Mobile Device Fundamentals (MDF)...

#ShareTheMicInCyber: Brooke Pearson

Posted by Parisa Tabriz, Head of Chrome Product, Engineering and UX In an effort to showcase the breadth and depth of Black+ contributions to security and privacy fields, we’ve launched a profile series that aims to elevate and celebrate the Black+ voices in security and privacy we have here at Google.Brooke Pearson manages the Privacy Sandbox program...

Fuzzing Java in OSS-Fuzz

Posted by Jonathan Metzman, Google Open Source Security TeamOSS-Fuzz, Google’s open source fuzzing service, now supports fuzzing applications written in Java and other Java Virtual Machine (JVM) based languages (e.g. Kotlin, Scala, etc.). Open source projects written in JVM based languages can add their project to OSS-Fuzz by following our documentation.The...

Introducing sigstore: Easy Code Signing & Verification for Supply Chain Integrity

Posted by Kim Lewandowski & Dan Lorenc, Google Open Source Security TeamOne of the fundamental security issues with open source is that it’s difficult to know where the software comes from or how it was built, making it susceptible to supply chain attacks. A few recent examples of this include dependency confusion attack and malicious RubyGems...

#ShareTheMicInCyber: Rob Duhart

Posted by Matt Levine, Director, Risk Management In an effort to showcase the breadth and depth of Black+ contributions to security and privacy fields, we’ve launched a series in support of #ShareTheMicInCyber that aims to elevate and celebrate the Black+ voices in security and privacy we have here at Google.Today, we will hear from Rob Duhart, he leads...

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