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Lost Access To Your Favorite Apps Because Of Root Access – You Can Now Fix It

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Popular Android developer Chainfire released an experimental hack with a new app, called “Suhide,” that allows users to hide the root status of their rooted Android devices on an app-by-app basis. 

Rooting your Android device can bring a lot of benefits by giving you access to a wide variety of apps and deeper access to the Android system…But at what cost? 

One of the major drawbacks of rooting your device is losing access to certain apps, which includes banking, payment and corporate security apps that work with financial and confidential data, such as your bank details. Such apps don’t work on rooted devices. 

A great example for this is Google’s Android Pay. Since its launch, developers has been working hard to get Android Pay working for rooted devices, but unfortunately, they have not gotten much success. 

But Why Rooted Devices? It’s because Google cares about your security. 

SafetyNet — That’s How Google Detects Tampered Devices

Google uses something called SafetyNet API to detect whether your Android device is rooted, and restricts access to those features. 

If, say, your Android device got infected by some system-level malware that has the ability to spy on Android Pay and other apps, SafetyNet would prevent Android Pay from functioning. 

The SafetyNet API works by checking whether an Android device has been tampered with – either it has been rooted by a user, is running a custom ROM, or infected with malware – and if found any tampering, the API blocks access to that app. 

Google has also made the SafetyNet API available to all third-party app developers to check for the presence of root. 

However, the Suhide app, developed and released by Chainfire, allows users to hide the root status of their device on an app-by-app basis, and it seems to be working with Android Pay as well. 

The app also works with several other applications that currently require a non-rooted device for running. 

Suhide works only on a stock ROM ( to beat Google’s SafetyNet) based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. 

However, the app probably will not last longer, as Chainfire came up with Systemless Root late last year, which did not allow Android Pay to detect rooted users, but after a little while Google patched things up, rejecting rooted users once again. 

So, the chances are that Google will undoubtedly catch up with Suhide and other potential hacks that allow users of rooted devices to hide the fact that they are rooted. 

But for now, you can enjoy using Android Pay on your rooted device once again until Google comes up with a new update.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Vulnerability in RCS messaging could compromise your bank details

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German security company SRLabs has recently discovered a serious security breach that could replace SMS. According to their findings, the RCS protocol has a vulnerability that allows your data to be intercepted.

Hackers could exploit this vulnerability locally or remotely. Among the information they can intercept, we have unique codes that are sent by message in two-factor authentication systems.

One of the applications of these unique codes is in the authorization of bank transactions. This means that in extreme cases your bank details could be compromised due to this vulnerability.

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Android messaging should improve your domain verification system

As SRLabs points out, the most popular application supporting RCS technology is currently Android Messaging. According to its findings, this application does not properly verify domains.

This means that miscreants can spoof caller ID or DNS. Something that could mislead users and provide information they shouldn’t.

Coincidentally or not, Google revealed this week that it will accredit message senders in your app. The idea is for companies to register their contact numbers with Google so that they can validate them when communicating with users. A measure that will certainly reduce the impact of this vulnerability.

What is RCS and its differences from SMS

The acronym RCS stands for Rich Communication Service. Briefly, this protocol allows messages to be sent over the internet. The SMS protocol uses cellular networks to send messages.

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Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image

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We are just a week from the official presentation of Vivo S5, the next mid-range smartphone to be launched by the brand. Now, an official image published on the Chinese social network Weibo, has confirmed several details about the design of this smartphone.

According to the picture, the Vivo S5 will come with a rear ‘quad-chamber’, centred on the rear panel with a diamond shaped module. In addition, it will come with a small punch-hole in its screen, where the front camera will be embedded.

 

Vivo S5 has confirmed design on the official poster

In the diamond-shaped module, three of its four cameras are integrated, and the LED flash. The fourth chamber is positioned immediately below the ‘protrusion’.

In the front panel, we can confirm that you will not have a notch on the screen by choosing a small punch-hole in the upper right corner, where your front camera will be embedded.

Although visible, their margins appear to be quite thin, ensuring an immersive user experience. In addition, an AMOLED screen is confirmed as an on-screen fingerprint reader is present.

Alleged Vivo S5 Specifications

Although not officially confirmed by the manufacturer, certification of the smartphone at TENAA agency eventually revealed the main details about its hardware.

  • 6.44 “inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of internal memory
  • Four rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP (ultra wide-angle) + 5MP (depth) + 2MP (macro)
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • 4,010mAh battery
  • Android 9 (not confirmed)

Regarding its price, there is no information yet. Still, it is expected to arrive at a competitive price, which could possibly be around € 250.

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