MStar, Irdeto partner to secure Android

Staff writer
04 Oct 2016

MStar Semiconductor and Irdeto has entered into a partnership to enable the secure delivery of premium content to Android set-top boxes (STBs).

Through this partnership, Irdeto and MStar now provide a comprehensive set of hardware and software security technologies for Android STBs.

By combining the strength of Irdeto’s dynamic security technologies, including Irdeto Cloaked CA and Irdeto ActiveCloak with the MStar’s SOC implementation of Irdeto FlexiCore, the partnership provides operators with peace-of-mind to securely deploy Android solutions.

Applying security to an open platform like Android is critical given the investment required to roll-out new set-top boxes. Implementing dynamic security technologies such as anti-debug, integrity verification, code diversification and white-box cryptography are crucial to remain secure in a world of evolving threats.

"Our integration of Irdeto security on the Android platform with TEE successfully combines the benefits of that OS with robust, future-proof security that can support even the most stringent requirements, such as for 4K or UHD,” said Wayne Tsai, marketing director at MStar.

“As the demand to deploy next-generation platforms like Android STBs has increased, so have the number of threats targeting these devices,” said Steeve Huin, VP of strategic partnerships at Irdeto. “As a result, it is critical for operators to employ a security solution that is flexible and is able to rapidly respond to changing threats. This collaboration with MStar provides operators with an easy and secure way to leverage Android.”

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