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Rooting same as running your phone always as root?

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  1. stchman

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    Hello all. I was wanting to know if rooting your Android phone is the same as running a Linux based OS as a root or superuser?

    If yes this is VERY dangerous!!!

    Thanks.
     

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    SU permission is granted on a per-app (or even per-instance) basis. Only those apps that you as user allow to run as SU will do so.
     
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    Yep. You can grant apps SU permissions and get SU access in terminal apps.
     
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    Ok, I understand now. So you can grant apps SU permissions on an app by app basis like Windows' UAC. That makes more sense. I was under the impression that when you "rooted" a phone it always ran a root account.

    Thanks.
     
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    ok.. so now I want to ask about the other side of this discussion..

    why??? why is it a problem.. why is it sooo dangerous?

    (not being silly... I really am interested)
     
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    May be because any application will be able to access the entire phone system.
     
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    well that is what we do..when we "allow" it to do things... ever read the installation screen right before it starts? sometimes we give it full access to a lot of stuff.
     

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