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Google is working on a stripped-down version of Android for virtualized environments, judging by source code commits made to the AOSP repository. Dubbed MicroDroid, the project is described as a “minimal Linux image.” Rather than start from scratch, Google plans to take an axe to an Android Generic System Image (GSI), carving …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Android Virtualization

    I found a malicious Android app that used virtualization to install hidden apps to commit ad fraud in the background without the users knowledge using an open source library found on GitHub:

    https://github.com/asLody/VirtualApp

    Now imagine if a social media app was installed (or even a banking app) into this virtual space...

    The app would appear as coming from the users device and could bypass weak 2FA that uses the IMEI or other device identifiers.

    I assume one could also use Google sync functions to transfer contacts or other data into a virtualized app running in this virtualized space too.

    As the documentation says, it's only limited by your imagination.

    1. P. Lee

      Re: Android Virtualization

      >I assume one could also use Google sync functions to transfer contacts or other data into a virtualized app running in this virtualized space too.

      If you sync the data, what's the point?

      Google Play goes in this container. All my stuff goes in the non-Google container.

  2. Tim99 Silver badge
    Linux

    They said:

    "Google plans to take an axe to an Android Generic System Image (GSI), carving out redundancies while preserving components that could prove useful."

    They meant: Preserved components are "anything that will track or monetarize you, and your contacts".

  3. Robert Grant Silver badge

    Android hypervisor, you say?

    Can't wait to run Kubernetes on there.

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