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 WereCatf on Sat 17th Mar 2012 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: unknown sources"
WereCatf
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So how does the user get root access to enable root access?
My point is that somewhere there's a means by which to get root access so that you can enable root access. That mechanism could be exploited by rogue apps.


The application that does the switching is running as root, it is not an API or library that can just be used by any application installed. Rogue apps cannot just become root through that application unless they find a system security-hole, and if they do they wouldn't need that application anyways.

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