Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Mar 2012 00:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Due to their very nature, custom Android ROMs have root enabled by default. Up until relatively recently, installing custom Android ROMs was a thing geeks did, and as such, this wasn't much of a problem. However, over the past few days, I've found out just how easy installing custom ROMs and modifying them really is (I'm running this one until CyanogenMod 9 is ready for the SII), and it seems like more and more regular users are engaging in the practice as well. Suddenly, having root enabled becomes a security liability.
Thread beginning with comment 510928
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Interesting
by WorknMan on Sat 17th Mar 2012 04:20 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

IMO, this is the way you do it, and it's similar to the issue of side-loading and security. Make sure it's 'idiot-proof' out of the box so that people who don't know any better won't hurt themselves, but allow those who want to out of the sandbox / walled garden / whatever.

In the case of Android though, any rooting tool I've ever seen has the 'super user' app built in, so any app that wants root would specifically have to be granted that access by the user.

Reply Score: 5