Android Kernel Security Above Average, Below Linux

“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

“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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