Major weakness in Google’s key storage breaks open Android’s Full Disk Encryption

Higher end Android phones using premium Qualcomm chips have been seeking to court the attention of enterprise users, but new research shows that Android encryption is easy to defeat because the devices store their disk encryption keys in software, unlike Apple’s iOS.Apple’s Secure Enclave

A report by Dan Goodin for Ars Technica cited research by Gal Beniamini which detailed “inherent issues” with Android’s Full Disk Encryption that are “not simple to fix” and “might require hardware changes.”

As detailed in Apple’s iOS Security Guide, iOS devices store a Unique ID and encryption keys in the Secure Enclave, a specialized coprocessor internally developed as part of Apple’s A7 and later Application Processors. As a result, Apple states that “iOS is a major leap forward in security for mobile devices.” iOS is a major leap forward in security for mobile devices

Data held by the Secure Enclave can’t even be read by the system;…

Read the entire article from AppleInsider here: Major weakness in Google’s key storage breaks open Android’s Full Disk Encryption

 



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