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.
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by stabbyjones on Sat 17th Mar 2012 05:01 UTC
stabbyjones
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2008-04-15

Sounds similar to the tick box to enable loading apk's outside the market. Why would anyone think having the option is a bad thing?

I use root apps and adb commands semi regularly but being able to flip a switch for when I want access sounds like a great way to keep root secure.

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RE: unknown sources
by Soulbender on Sat 17th Mar 2012 08:06 in reply to "unknown sources"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

but...if it's just a matter of "flipping a switch" what is to prevent a rogue application from flipping that switch?
Am i missing something?

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RE[2]: unknown sources
by stabbyjones on Sat 17th Mar 2012 09:49 in reply to "RE: unknown sources"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

that application would need root access to enable root access so that situation doesn't really hold water.

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