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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RE[4]: unknown sources
by patrix on Sat 17th Mar 2012 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: unknown sources"
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You also can't clear all phone data (aka "factory reset") without root access - or any other similar features that work on phones without root..

... Unless that feature is built-in to the room somehow to do exactly that function without needing root. Aka factory reset. So the switch to enable root probably has the same design, ie it's able to allow general root usage or not, and it's built in to the ROM to do just that.

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