Over the last year, nearly every time a security flaw or vulnerability in Android has been brought up, there’s been a unifying theme. Almost every time, these exploits and vulnerabilities exist because the device in question has enabled root access. In the past, Android modders would quickly root a device in order to gain access to features not enabled by the manufacturer, to flash a custom rom, or even just to remove bloatware. Over time, many of the features that have been forcibly bolted on to Android through root access have been incorporated into the OS, making the need for root less and less frequent.
So, with security vulnerabilities seemingly on the rise and the need for root access seemingly on the decline, what need is there to have root access on your device active at all times? The CyanogenMod developer team asked themselves that very same question.
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