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Lollipop, SELinux and rooting.

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:09 pm
by haxxey
Due to increasingly effective security measures and stricter enforcement of SELinux, it seems that many, or possibly all of the available methods for initializing the superuser daemon at startup have been rendered ineffective. It is no doubt that SELinux will be even more enforcing by the time that Lollipop fully drops (ETA ten days from now?) and it seems that the only way to possibly root is to flash a custom kernel with SELinux set to Permissive - at the cost of security, of course. I have strong beliefs that someone will find a way past SELinux without having to flash a custom kernel, but it feels bad that Google would do this - one of the most root-supportive people - cripple Android like this, because as we all know, a part of Android's charm is being able to root the device and do whatever you want with it.

What do you think, /talk? What's your take on this?

Re: Lollipop, SELinux and rooting.

Posted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:38 am
by Acid_Snake
They did this because they were tired of dumb iOS fans saying Android is less secure (a load of bulls*it).
I can personally tell you that a system isn't necessarily less secure, it is just less popular and therefore attracts less hackers, just look at how many hacks and viruses exists on windows phone compared to windows PC, and you will see it has a direct correlation with how popular or impopular they are.