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Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Publicly available root exploits are a godsend to consumers whose devices are locked. Exploits such as Towelroot easily enabled any user running on Android version KitKat and below to acquire root access with the click of a button. However, these methods are considered "exploits" for a reason. If an application like Towelroot can exploit your device's firmware to...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Chainfire Releases Root For Android 6.0 Without Modifying /system

If you have ever rooted a device, then chances are very good that you may have heard of Chainfire, XDA Senior Moderator and Senior Recognized Developer. In case you haven't, Chainfire is the developer behind popular works like SuperSU, CF Auto Root, TriangleAway and CF.lumen, making him one of the most influential developer in the Android...

NetGuard Gives You Back Control Over Apps’ Internet Access, Without Root!

One of the changes introduced with Android Lollipop (5.0) was the removal of the dedicated Internet permission on Android. At the time, there was some attention drawn to the changes, but users were still free to use root access to install a firewall, and block individual apps. Obviously, this wasn't much help for those not wanting...

A Look at Marshmallow Root & Verity Complications

As the dust settles on the Android 6.0 release, Nexus users galore are diving for OTAs and Factory Images, and getting ready for the latest iteration of the Android operating system. While, from the outside, Android 6.0 appears (visually, at least) remarkably similar to Android 5.0 and 5.1  (the Lollipop releases), there are a number of...

Your First Root Story: Why’d You Do It and How Did It Go?

We all remember the first time we rooted our phones: palms were sweaty, anxiety near unbearable, and as we reached closer and closer, we could begin savoring that positive root check. Sometimes, an enthusiast's first attempt skips the great success and leads to trouble. But there's always a reason to root, and a surprising result that opens...

How to Root the OnePlus 2 and Install TWRP Recovery

Our very own XDA TV Host TK was lucky enough to get his hands on the OnePlus 2. However, there were some glaring issues with the device. With an update to Oxygen ROM and some custom kernels, he was able to resolve a big majority of those issues. In order to install these custom kernels...

Google Security Engineer Explains Issues With Root and Android Pay in the XDA Forums

A forum member that has been confirmed as working as a Security Engineer for Google out of Mountain View, has joined XDA in order to discuss the issues with Android Pay on rooted devices, why it will not work and has confirmed that Google are listening to your feedback. Regarding root access and Android Pay...

Root & TWRP Available For Samsung Galaxy Note 5!

Hopping on to the root bandwagon is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, courtesy of XDA Senior Member Manh_IT's Noble Kernel. Speaking about the kernel, it is significant here in the fact that it is the only way to get root on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The kernel is pre-rooted and also contains a fix for...

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...

LG G4 Variants Rooted! OnePlus 2 Invites Open! – XDA TV

The LG G4 Carrier Variants have been rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the opening of the OnePlus 2 invite queue and be sure to check out the article talking about the...

Root Achieved for the OneTouch Idol 3

The XDA community achieving root on a new device is always cause for a little celebration, and proud owners of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 will be able to do just that now that root access has been confirmed. The 5.5" mid-range handset previously had its bootloader unlocked, but root access was proving tricky due to...