Google is reportedly working on making the Android root store updatable via the Google Play Store on Android 14. The search giant’s current mechanism only renews root certificates as part of full system updates, potentially causing devices running older Android versions will not be able to connect to the Internet. when expired root certificates are not recognized.
According to report AndroidPolice with reference to tweet Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, Google may be working on root certificate modules to be introduced via Google Play Services updates. Root certificates are used to authenticate connecting Android system devices in order to establish secure connections. Implementing root certificate modules through Google Play Services will allow Google to push these updates as needed, preventing older models from disappearing completely from the trust mesh.
The development may have been because one particular root CA, TrustCor, made the news for allegedly having ties to a company known to provide spyware intelligence services. Since then, Google has started removing support for TrustCor certificates on its devices.
The Google Chrome version 111 update for desktop will mark deletion of TrustCor-issued root certificates as trusted. However, in the case of Android, the change may take longer, since its root certificates cannot be updated independently, added Blog Post Mishaal Rahman.
The latest development aims to change that as the search giant is working to merge root certificate updates with updates to its Google Play Store services that the company releases as needed.
However, it’s important to note that there has been no official confirmation from Google of its plans to distribute regular root certification updates through the Play Store services.
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