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Lollipop:  The state of root

Lollipop: The state of root

Back in Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean, SELinux was introduced into Android, albeit in permissive mode which is basically turned off. This was switched to enforcing in KitKat, 4.4. SELinux policy is in effect and things that it doesn’t want to allow won’t be allowed. SELinux was ported to Android by a team who submitted a patch earlier this year that stated “/system is always mounted read-only, and no process should ever need to write there”. This was a bit of a worry for those of us who prefer root access on their Android devices to be able to control[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on October 22, 2014 20 comments News
Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday. Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Modding, News, Phones, Tablets
Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Google launched Screen Mirroring from Android to Chromecast only a couple of days ago, but it’s fairly limited. Google announced that while limited to a few devices, it’s expected to roll out to more devices soon. But why wait? This being Android the option to jump the line and start mirroring your screen to Chromecast is now open thanks to the fine folk over at XDA-Developers. To get the workaround going, you will need root access on your device. If you’re already rooted, then you’ll require the file – MirrorEnabler.apk – provided by XDA member r3pwn, which will trick your[Read More...]

by 9:59 AM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Chromecast, Modding
The Future of Android May Still Be Rooted

The Future of Android May Still Be Rooted

No, the sky is not falling Chicken Little. We are still safe and Google has not locked us down. Those of us who like write access to the system partition will still be able to do it in the future. At the end of May a patch was committed and merged into the AOSP that builds upon the security of SELinux (Security Enhanced Linux) in the kernel. From Google themselves: Android uses Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) to enforce Mandatory Access Control (MAC) over all processes, even processes running with root/superuser privileges (a.k.a. Linux capabilities)….With SELinux, Android can better protect and confine[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 30, 2014 6 comments News
GEL XPOSED Settings are back!

GEL XPOSED Settings are back!

For all the Xposed users out there it was a bad day when the popular module for GEL settings was rendered useless. But in the latest update the bug was fixed. Google sent out an update for Google Now Launcher, which obfuscated the code, which makes it near impossible to hack.  However, in the latest update to GEL settings, the developer has brought back the compatibility. This is a huge plus, as many rely on the GEL settings module; it improves adds many useful settings so users can tinker and customise (including Ausdroid’s Scott) without forsaking the Google Now Launcher in place[Read More...]

by 6:16 AM on May 9, 2014 3 comments Apps, Modding, News
Upcoming releases of Android could break Root apps

Upcoming releases of Android could break Root apps

Changes made to the Android Open Source Project master tree have revealed that there are upcoming changes to the Android security model, which means that a large number of root apps could be rendered unusable in future releases of Android, potentially as early as Android 4.4.3. Rather than an active attempt to break root apps, it appears that this change is the result of newly implemented security measures, but it could have (un)intended consequences. Well known Android hacker and developer Chainfire has taken to Google+ to share what he’s found: In essence, prior to this change, root apps had no[Read More...]

by 9:37 AM on January 21, 2014 0 comments News, OS Update
The Cyanogen Mod Installer – A real experience

The Cyanogen Mod Installer – A real experience

CyanogenMod are making a very big effort to commercialise their venture lately. Initially announcing that they were moving from the crowd-source code that has dozens of contributors to a more commercial model, then onto the CyanogenMod phone (the Oppon N1 CM Version) and the installer that makes installing CyanogenMod a breeze even if you don’t know what “root” is, how to boot into recovery on your Android device or even what a custom ROM is. Having been a CyanogenMod (CM) user for some time and particularly recently, I’ve been missing the functions that CM offers that Touchwiz doesn’t. I decided[Read More...]

by 9:42 AM on January 15, 2014 8 comments Modding, News
Australia Post refuses to talk to Ausdroid about its Parcel Send app

Australia Post refuses to talk to Ausdroid about its Parcel Send app

It was about a month ago now when we told you about Australia Post’s new Parcel Send application, and one very worrying restriction that – in the circumstances – didn’t make an awful lot of sense. For reasons that are unclear, Australia Post decided to block access to the app on handsets or tablets that have been rooted. Presumably with the goal of protecting users data against nefarious apps or things that would steal their data, Australia Post have ensured that installing this app on a rooted device will ensure, simply, that the app doesn’t work at all: By so[Read More...]

by 4:07 PM on September 25, 2013 18 comments Apps, Opinion
Chromecast exploit found and exposed to gain remote root access

Chromecast exploit found and exposed to gain remote root access

It’s a Google Device so obviously the first thing that enthusiasts are looking for is ways to play with it. The team at GTVHacker has just announced the first exploit for the newest Google hardware release a little over three days after it went on-sale. Normally the GTVHacker team work with GoogleTV and it’s this experience that has led them to be able to develop this specific exploit. When announced at the Breakfast with Sundar event, the Chromecast was said to be running a ‘simplified version of ChromeOS’, the GTVHacker team disagree with this description slightly, advising it’s more ‘a[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on July 28, 2013 1 comment Chromecast, News
How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

After a few false starts the Foxtel Go app was released today for Android; but sadly not for all Android devices – only for 2 Samsung devices (Galaxy S III and Note II), and only if they’re not rooted. Lucky for you we’ve consolidated information from a number of sources which will have you watching Foxtel Go on any Android device, rooted or not. It is worth noting that you still need a Foxtel or Austar subscription, this guide just allows you to use Foxtel Go on any Android device even if you’re rooted. What you will need: – A[Read More...]

by 7:30 PM on July 16, 2013 31 comments Apps

Ever rooted something and wished you hadn’t? Now you can undo it.

We at Ausdroid have occasionally experienced this kind of remorse, and no, you dirty people out there, we’re not talking about regretting our Saturday night exploits. Rather, we’re talking about what happens if you’ve modified your phone and all of a sudden you need to rely on that precious warranty to get it fixed. If you’ve rooted your phone, there is a possibility that this will be blamed for whatever’s gone wrong, and so if you are thinking of calling in a warranty service, you might want to consider this. Unrooting can be done by hand, and some of the[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on April 14, 2013 22 comments Apps
The Samsung leaks continue, S4 ROM already available with Root

The Samsung leaks continue, S4 ROM already available with Root

While the phone is yet to be released, and we do know that the Octa-core Exynos 5 CPU powered version of the device will not be available via official channels or carriers within Australia it is of great interest to many to find out that a pre-rooted ROM is already available via the XDA Developers forums. Currently there’s very few devices available outside of the Samsung hierarchy and preview devices at major carriers, so a ROM like this one ready to flash via ODIN and pre-rooted is a surprise to many and raises hope for others. When the Galaxy S4[Read More...]

by 11:59 PM on April 2, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, News
Koushik Dutta’s Superuser now available on the Play Store

Koushik Dutta’s Superuser now available on the Play Store

Koushik Dutta, who you might remember from such popular root applications as ROM manager, Carbon Backup, as well as the ClockworkMod Recovery, has just today released his own, open-source superuser application to the Play Store. I can hear you asking now, ‘Why would I want yet another superuser application on my Android device?’ Well, let me give you Koush’s response to that exact question: Superuser should be open source. It’s the gateway to root on your device. It must be open for independent security analysis. Obscurity (closed source) is not security. Superuser should be NDK buildable. No internal Android references.[Read More...]

by 8:07 PM on March 4, 2013 2 comments Apps, News