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Android Kernel Security Above Average, Below Linux

Nov 05, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Claburn)

"Android devices may be viewed with more suspicion than rival smartphones because the more relaxed policing of Android Market apps suggests greater potential risk. But the openness of Android code turns out to be a benefit rather than a liability, at least from a security standpoint.

"An analysis of the Android kernel on an HTC Droid Incredible reveals about half as many software defects as expected, according to a report released by software security firm Coverity on Monday.

"The Android kernel was found to have 0.47 defects per thousand lines of code, compared to an average of 1 defect per thousand lines of code."

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