Helping prevent Malware from the Marketplace.
Over the weekend Google finally announced the much needed app monitoring process for the Android Marketplace, dubbed ‘Bouncer’. This news comes as a relief to many an Android user who were worried about the alarmingly high rate of malware on the Android marketplace.
Writing on the official blog, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering for Android said that Bouncer, “provides automated scanning of Android Market for potentially malicious software without disrupting the user experience of Android Market or requiring developers to go through an application approval process.“
“Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags.” Lockheimer continued, “We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back.”
Apart from Bouncer, Android also has a set of built-in features that will provide further security against malware. First off, everything will be run in a sandbox environment to prevent spreading of malware. Permissions will be required (with details of what services will be accessed) on the Android. And finally, Google can remotely remove malware if they deem such an action is necessary if infestation seems to be too high.
So all in all, a decent number of preventative measure have been setup by Google against malware. Time will tell how effective they really are, but for now Android users can breath a sigh of relief that a lot of work is being done to protect them.