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Android Oreo Verified Boot’s Rollback Protection

This flew under our radar back at I/O, but it’s big news. On compatible devices, the new Verified Boot changes in Android 8.0 Oreo will prevent a device from booting should it be rolled back to an earlier firmware. The new feature is called Rollback Protection. So if your phone is flashed with older software, you (and your data) are protected from whatever potential security vulnerabilities may have been present in earlier versions. For 99% of users, the new Rollback Protection is great news. If a phone is lost or stolen, it further decreases the number of potential attacks which could be used to gain access, providing better safety for your data.[…]

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/05/android-oreo-feature-spotlight-changes-verified-boot-wont-allow-start-downgraded-os/

https://android.googlesource.com/platform/external/avb/#Rollback-Protection

 

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