This library is a version of Google's internal OpenSSL fork called
BoringSSL. This is not the official BoringSSL release, it is the
version of BoringSSL that is maintained as part of the Android SDK and
OS. These packages should never be used for anything but the parts of
the Android SDK that require them.
We package these chunks separately because we believe it makes it
easier to maintain. Security updates can happen only in the
particular package rather than having to build the whole Android SDK
together as one giant source tree.
Upstream is already good at providing security fixes for all of the
various bits, and they maintain quite a few stable releases in
parallel. Security maintenance for the Android SDK packages will
mostly be a matter of just including any new patch versions
(i.e. 8.1.0_r14 vs 8.1.0_r15).
For more info:
-- Hans-Christoph Steiner <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:51:35 +0100