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Android Security Internals
The Definitive Guide to Android’s Security Architecture

Android Security Internals

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San Francisco, CA (October 16, 2014) — There are more than one billion Android devices in use today, and each is a potential target. Unfortunately, many fundamental Android security features have been little more than a black box to all but the most elite security researchers — until now.

In Android Security Internals (No Starch Press, Oct 2014, 432 pp., $49.95) Nikolay Elenkov, one of the world’s foremost experts on Android security, takes security professionals and Android developers deep into the Android security system. Elenkov describes Android security architecture from the bottom up, as he explains the implementation of major security-related components and subsystems, like Binder IPC, permissions, cryptographic providers, and device administration.

Android Security Internals is designed to give security professionals and developers a complete understanding of the Android security model so that they can identify potential exploits, write more secure applications, and be better able to fend off inevitable attacks.

Readers learn:

  • How Android permissions are declared, used, and enforced
  • How Android manages application packages and employs code signing to verify their authenticity
  • About Android’s credential storage system and APIs, which let applications store cryptographic keys securely
  • About the online account management framework and how Google accounts integrate with Android
  • About the implementation of verified boot, disk encryption, lockscreen, and other device security features

With its unprecedented level of depth and detail, Android Security Internals is a must-have for any security-minded Android developer.


About the Author

Nikolay Elenkov has been working on enterprise security–related projects for more than 10 years. He became interested in Android shortly after the initial public release and has been developing Android applications since version 1.5. His work has led to the discovery and correction of significant Android security flaws. He writes about Android security on his highly regarded blog,

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Publisher: No Starch Press
By Nikolay Elenkov
Print ISBN: 9781593275815, $49.95
October 2014, 432 pp.
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