We hope you’re enjoying the first developer preview of Android P. We wanted to specifically call out some backward-incompatible changes we plan to make to the cryptographic capabilities in Android P, which you can see in the developer preview.
Changes to providers
Starting in Android P, we plan to deprecate some functionality from the BC provider that’s duplicated by the AndroidOpenSSL (also known as Conscrypt) provider. This will only affect applications that specify the BC provider explicitly when calling
getInstance() methods. To be clear, we aren’t doing this because we are concerned about the security of the implementations from the BC provider, rather because having duplicated functionality imposes additional costs and risks while not providing much benefit.
If you don’t specify a provider in your
getInstance() calls, no changes are required.
If you specify the provider by name or by instance—for example,
Cipher.getInstance("AES/CBC/PKCS7PADDING", "BC") or
Cipher.getInstance("AES/CBC/PKCS7PADDING", Security.getProvider("BC"))—the behavior you get in Android P will depend on what API level your application targets. For apps targeting an API level before P, the call will return the BC implementation and log a warning in the application log. For apps targeting Android P or later, the call will throw
To resolve this, you should stop specifying a provider and use the default implementation.
In a later Android release, we plan to remove the deprecated functionality from the BC provider entirely. Once removed, any call that requests that functionality from the BC provider (whether by name or instance) will throw
Removal of the Crypto provider
In a previous post, we announced that the Crypto provider was deprecated beginning in Android Nougat. Since then, any request for the Crypto provider by an application targeting API 23 (Marshmallow) or before would succeed, but requests by applications targeting API 24 (Nougat) or later would fail. In Android P, we plan to remove the Crypto provider entirely. Once removed, any call to
SecureRandom.getInstance("SHA1PRNG", "Crypto") will throw
NoSuchProviderException. Please ensure your apps have been updated.
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