Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:35 UTC

Google's Android head, Sundar Pichai, on security (original in French):

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.

Malware authors may be writing a lot of malware for Android, but they're not very good at it - less than 0.001% of all application installations on Android (in and outside of Google Play) penetrate Android's security.

In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.

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RE[2]: Oh, here we go ...
by Radio on Fri 28th Feb 2014 12:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Oh, here we go ..."
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I will say Google had bad (nah, terrible) judgement in not allowing android users to pick and choose which permissions to grant to an application. The all-or-nothing approach is bad for security since it coerces users to permit more than they otherwise would want to just to run a program. My guess is that google decided to do it this way to prevent users from blocking permissions on google's apps.

I don't know. A least, the current approach forces developpers to not ask for more permissions than requested. I often see bad play store ratings associated with comments such as "why does this app requests this and that"; and more than once have I seen an app update changelog with "[some permissions] removed" stated.

But yeah, Google should begin to make App Ops more readily accessible (in the Developer Options submenu for ex.). Good thing it is still available in custom ROMs.

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