Technology Google sets up Android group for future car keys, national ID, e-wallets

15:13  26 march  2021
15:13  26 march  2021 Source:   zdnet.com

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According to Google , the Android Ready SE Alliance was formed to “create a set of open-source, validated, and ready-to-use SE [Secure Element] Applets.” Google is first prioritizing making Applets aimed at enabling the use of identity credentials (such as mobile driver’s licenses) and digital car Google previously developed its own tamper-resistant hardware enclave called the Titan M, which also enabled tamper-resistant key storage for Android apps using StrongBox. Now, Google is launching the General Availability (GA) version of StrongBox for SE, an applet that’s qualified and ready for use by

Google hopes that this can eventually lead to “applets” that introduce features like digital keys , digital passports, mobile driver’s licenses, and more. Several Android OEMs have already signed up for the program, which should help boost adoption within the overall Android ecosystem. Digital car keys aren’t unheard of, as it’s something Apple launched last year with iOS 14. iPhones and Apple Watches can already lock and unlock select BWM models with a tap, using NFC and Apple’s own Secure Element. The first applet from Google ’s alliance, StrongBox for SE, is already available on Google ’s

Google has set up the Android Ready SE Alliance to support the adoption of Android smartphones and wearables as digital keys, identity documents, and wallets for digital cash.

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As part of the alliance's inauguration, Google has launched the general availability (GA) version of the StrongBox for SE applet. SE stands for Secure Element, a discrete tamper-resistant piece of hardware, such as Google's Titan M chip.


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While most modern phones have an SE, the alliance is about standardising multiple Android OEMs around the way Pixel devices use the Titan M chip as a tamper-resistant hardware enclave. Android's StrongBox, which runs on this hardware enclave on Pixel phones, is used for storing cryptographic keys in an environment that's isolated from the CPU.

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The Android Ready SE Alliance is a collaboration between Google and Secure Element (SE) vendors. The alliance was created to make discrete tamper resistant hardware backed security the lowest common denominator for the Android ecosystem. Under this alliance, Google and the SE Vendors offer a OEMs that adopt Android Ready SE can produce devices that are highly secure and allow for remote updates to enable compelling new cases as they are introduced into the Android platform. Consumers will benefit from their devices being more secure and updatable with new capabilities.

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Google notes that StrongBox and Titan M-like hardware will be important for emerging user features, including digital keys for your car, home and office, identification documents such as mobile driver's licence (mDL), National ID, and ePassports, and Wallet for digital money.

The SE alliance is working with Google to create open-source and validated SE applets, such as StrongBox for SE. This applet is available from alliance members, including chip makers Giesecke+Devrient, Kigen, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Thales.

Google is confident in the security of its Titan M chip and sees it as important enough to warrant a $1 million reward for anyone who finds a way to achieve a full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence that compromises data protected by the chip.

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Now, Google is launching the General Availability (GA) version of StrongBox for SE, an open-source, validated, and ready-to-use applet by the company's OEM partners. The applet is currently available from Giesecke+Devrient, Kigen, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Thales. Google on Thursday announced the formation of the Android Ready SE Alliance to drive the adoption of new consumer use cases in Android . According to Google , most modern phones now include discrete tamper-resistant hardware called a Secure Element (SE) which is an important requirement for emerging user features

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Additionally, StrongBox is applicable to WearOS, Android Auto Embedded, and Android TV devices.

Android phone brands or OEMs will need to pick validated hardware from an SE alliance vendor and to work with Google to provision Attestation Keys/Certificates in the SE factory. Android OEMs will also need use the GA version of the StrongBox for SE applet, adapted to the specific SE in use.

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Google notes that it is prioritising the development of applets for mobile driver's licence and identity credentials, as well as digital car keys for future Android releases.

"A major goal of this alliance is to enable a consistent, interoperable, and demonstrably secure applets across the Android ecosystem," Google says on its page for the Android Ready SE Alliance.

"Validated implementations of Android Ready SE applets build even stronger trust in the Android Platform. OEMs that adopt Android Ready SE can produce devices that are more secure and allow for remote updates to enable compelling new use cases as they are introduced into the Android platform."

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