Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to Root an Android - A way to exploit Android

Have you ever heard of jail-breaking an I-device ? like the ipod touch, iphone, ipad etc ?

Jail breaking is a process of exploiting every resource of the device. The possibilities are almost endless. You can install applications which are not on the Apple iTunes store. You can do anything on your jail-broken device that Apple doesn't want you to do.

Coming to Android, ROOTING replaces i-device's JAIL-BREAKING. You can achieve endless control of your Android phone only by rooting it.
Rooting is a process that allows users of mobile phones and other devices running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's Linux subsystem with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and manufacturers put on some devices. It is analogous to jailbreaking on devices running the Apple iOS operating system.
The name root comes from the Linux operating system world, where the most privileged user on the system (otherwise known as Administrator on Windows) is called root.
Device manufacturers and carriers cannot prevent rooting because the rooting process exploits a vulnerability in the operating system or the device drivers which installs a custom app called SU(Switch User) into the OS. This program is the one which provides root access to the programs that request it. 
Another program called Superuser Permissions is usually bundled with all root methods. It gives you a chance to approve or deny requests from any application that wants to utilize root. Superuser Permissions essentially replaces the conventional root password with a simple Approve/Deny prompt, which isn't as secure as having a password, but is far more convenient on a mobile device. 

There are a lot of ways to root your Android device. But each one is applicable to a particular set of device models. Best way to root your device is to Google "YOURDEVICENAME root" and apply the proper method. 
Remember there a risks and advantages of rooting your Android device. The risks are you lose your device warranty and may brick your device if you don't root it properly (slim chances).

Advantages of Rooting:
  • Full Control Over Android
  • Backup and Restore the whole system
  • Install Custom ROMs
  • Saving phone memory (Using Custom ROM to move apps to SD card)
  • Run special applications
More info about custom ROMs and Special Applications in the upcoming post. Keep watching this space.

Happy Androiding.


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