Many android users of nowadays have been found of rooting their Android device in other to temper the the android permission Os and the Android developers w0rk, this have been a cheat or a looped of security breach by the users now Google the CEO of android developing programmer set to stop rooted s,smartphone from accessing their play store, Earlier last month, Netflix blocked users who are using rooted android devices from accessing their app and a lot of people where furious about it. Though people root their devices in order to be able to access some extra features and claim full ownership of their devices… but personally, its been a while I use a rooted Android phone because everything I need is right at my finger tip.
Here is the latest development which sounds like bad news. Google’s latest update to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017, includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they make, and others to be kicked from the pack.
As Google suggests in their Android Developersdocumentation, “SafetyNet provides a set of services and APIs that help protect your app against security threats, including device tampering, bad URLs, potentially harmful apps, and fake users.”
Safety Net Attestation checks for the following Device Status markers:
1. Certified, genuine device that passes CTS
2. Certified device with unlocked bootloader
3. Genuine but un-certified device, such as when the manufacturer doesn’t apply for certification
4. Device with custom ROM (not rooted)
6. No device (protocol emulator script)
7. Signs of system integrity compromise, such as rooting
8. Signs of other active attacks, such as API hooking
In order words, if your Android device is rooted, or an emulator, has an unlocked bootloader, or half a dozen other similar, related elements – it will automatically fail the integrity test. You won’t be able to access some major apps from the playstore except otherwise sideloaded.
In short, if you are using a custom rom, you are not excluded. The good news is , you can always download apps from third party site and sideload it to your device.
What do you think about this latest development?