orb3000 · May 28, 2011 at 06:00 pm

Interview With XDA Developer pof – pt. 3 of 3 Final

We arrive to the final part of this interview with XDA member and retired moderator pof. In case you missed them, here are the links for part 1 and part 2 of this interview.

orb3000: What’s your opinion of overall Android security?

pof: Android has been developed having security and privacy issues in mind, it has a rich security model with privilege-separated applications, per-URI permissions, signature-level app permissions, etc… However, it has a very weak point which is at the same time one of its greatest benefits: its openness. As anyone is allowed to publish anything on the market without any review prior to publishing it, this allows to put on the market malicious applications which users can install, so it’s very important to review which permissions we grant to the applications before installing them, and if unsure only install apps from trustworthy developers.

orb3000: Where do you think all this will lead to?

pof: Malware. We’ll see more and more android malware in the future, and it will be very hard to control because it’s not a design or system architecture flaw, it’s something Google can’t avoid if they want the app ecosystem open to third party developers.

orb3000: What do you think Google can do to strengthen and be more prepared for Android security?

pof: I think they have to implement a better reputation system, where user can trust (or not) an app based on the publisher’s reputation. Also it will help allowing the user to selectively choose which permissions he or she wants to approve from the capabilities the application requests when you install it; actually there’s already an app for this, ‘Permissions Denied’ by Stephen (Stericson), but it requires a rooted phone.

Well, thank you so much for making us understand a bit more of this complicated world for us non-developers. Now, we will appreciate even more the time and work that developers invest to make our devices.
Thanks to all our readers and please leave your comments below.

Would you want us to interview someone? Let us know!


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

orb3000

orb3000 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. @orb3000 News Writer & Forum Moderator @xda-developers. Windows Phone/Android enthusiast, like HTC and flashing! 100% cert. free of i-products Xalapa, México View orb3000's posts and articles here.
Jimmy McGee · Jul 30, 2015 at 06:00 am · no comments

How to Root the LG G4 and Install TWRP Recovery – XDA TV

A rooting method has finally been found for the flagship LG G4. In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP recovery the LG G4. TK just recently reviewed the device.  So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G4 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm · 1 comment

OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style: Which is The Better Flagship?

Two big industry names have announced their newest flagship phones within the past few days. Both have also promised great performance for a cheap price, and now that we know the specifications and details about both the Moto X Style and the OnePlus 2, we can begin planning our next purchase and debating which one is better. So, judging from everything we know, which phone is more impressive?

DISCUSS
Mathew Brack · Jul 29, 2015 at 10:35 am · 2 comments

Making Your Own Xposed Modules Is Easier Than You Think

Close to the heart of XDA is the Xposed Framework by Rovo89. Most of us will have used it but you may feel that the module repository is missing something. We have the solution with several guides aimed at getting you started to build your own modules, something that may be daunting but can open an entire new field of development with a little time and effort.     Where better to start than at the beginning? Rovo89 has created a straight forward tutorial for getting started with development for Xposed....

XDA NEWS