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I don’t think anyone is suggesting something similar to “This app would like to access your camera” but for unmitigated root access.

It could even be as involved as getting an official image from apple/google that allows root access. I don’t think a “mom” would accidentally download an image and flash their telephones.




> I don’t think a “mom” would accidentally download an image and flash their telephones.

Who says “mom” flashed her phone?

How does “mom” know the shady place they took their phone to repair a broken screen didn’t do it? (P.S. many documented cases of this)

How does “mom” know their jealous/cheating/whatever spouse/bf/gf/whatever didn’t do it? (P.S. many documented cases of this)

How does “mom” know the phone they bought off someone didn’t do this? (P.S. many documented cases of this)

How does “mom” know their kid didn’t do this so they could install stolen games? (P.S. many documented cases of this)

The list goes on and on.


These concerns all apply to existing jail breaking methods. An official image would be much easier to make obvious that it’s not the same as the non-rooted image.

In order for any of those threats to work it would require physical access and access to passwords and accounts (for example reconnecting to cloud services, restoring backups or even just unlocking the phone to perform a flash). At that point I don’t think it’s having or not having root access that is the issue.


> These concerns all apply to existing jail breaking methods.

Of course they do, hence my comment.

> At that point I don’t think it’s having or not having root access that is the issue.

That’s the most naive thing I’ve seen said all week.




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