Since the early development of Android smartphone, almost all Android users have rooted their smartphone. In fact that one of the first things they do after buying their device. Now google has decide to block rooted android devices from downloading from google play store.
But now in 2017 most Android user don’t actually root there smartphone because most of the reason for rooting their device is to have more features, which is quiet available now. And important reason for not rooting their device is for security reasons.
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During Google IO 2017, google release new update for Google Play Console which include a “SafetyNet exclusion”. SafeNet exclusion will be used to prevent “devices that fail integrity tests or those that are uncertified by Google,” from downloading a specific app: among these would be rooted devices and those running custom ROMs.
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
“As Google suggests in their Android Developers documentation, “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.”
Basically, if you’re android device is rooted or you are using a custom Rom or any other related problems, you won’t be able to download certain apps from Playstore.
Google decision in preventing users from downloading popular apps from playstore, Google is just intentionally or not, directing rooted users to third-party sources in search of unauthorized APKs. And if that’s an attempt to increase device security, then it seems like a misguided one.
What do you think about google latest development.