Magisk 18.0 released with new Manager app for better anti-root detection and built-in systemless hosts module

Magisk 18.0 released with new Manager app for better anti-root detection and built-in systemless hosts module

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Magisk continues to be the go-to method to root several devices and to make /system modifications while still maintaining access to apps that rely on SafetyNet to detect root access and system modifications.

Magisk has now been updated to version 18.0 as a stable release. This version brings improvements to Magisk Hide, for which the process monitor now matches component names instead of process names. This in-turn allows Magisk Hide to target all processes spawned from the applications on the hide list. Magisk is also patching the procfs security vulnerability on all Android 7.0+ devices with this new version release, and it has now shifted to a new codebase based on C++ instead of the older C-based codebase. Magisk Manager is also getting an update to version 6.1.0 to fully support the new Magisk release.

The full changelog for the v18 release is as below:

Magisk v18.0

  • [General] Migrate all code base to C++
  • [General] Modify database natively instead of going through Magisk Manager
  • [General] Deprecate path /sbin/.core, please start using /sbin/.magisk
  • [General] Boot scripts are moved from <magisk_img>/.core/<stage>.d to /data/adb/<stage>.d
  • [General] Remove native systemless hosts (Magisk Manager is updated with a built-in systemless hosts module)
  • [General] Allow module scripts to disable/remove modules
  • [MagiskHide] Use component names instead of process names as targets
  • [MagiskHide] Add procfs protection on SDK 24+ (Nougat)
  • [MagiskHide] Remove the folder /.backup to prevent detection
  • [MagiskHide] Hide list is now stored in database instead of raw textfile in images
  • [MagiskHide] Add “–status” option to CLI
  • [MagiskHide] Stop unmounting non-custom related mount points
  • [MagiskSU] Add FLAG_INCLUDE_STOPPED_PACKAGES in broadcasts to force wake Magisk Manager
  • [MagiskSU] Fix a bug causing SIGWINCH not properly detected
  • [MagiskPolicy] Support new av rules: type_change, type_member
  • [MagiskPolicy] Remove all AUDITDENY rules after patching sepolicy to log all denies for debugging
  • [MagiskBoot] Properly support extra_cmdline in boot headers
  • [MagiskBoot] Try to repair broken v1 boot image headers
  • [MagiskBoot] Add new CPIO command: “exists”

Magisk Manager v6.1.0

  • Introduce new downloading methods: no longer uses buggy system Download Manager
  • Introduce many new notifications for better user experience
  • Add support for Magisk v18.0
  • Change application name to “Manager” after hiding(repackaging) to prevent app name detection
  • Add built-in systemless hosts module (access in settings)
  • Auto launch the newly installed app after hiding(repackaging) and restoring Magisk Manager
  • Fix bug causing incomplete module.prop in modules to have improper UI

The new updates to Magisk and Magisk Manager can be downloaded from the Magisk XDA thread.