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SnoopSnitch for Android detects possible smartphone data theft

Security Research Labs (SRLabs) is a German outfit that has released an interesting security app called SnoopSnitch – the app basically alerts users if someone is trying to spy on their mobile phone. The app can detect if someone is using International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers – along with other Android vulnerabilities – to spy on a device.

LiveBoot v1.00 available for rooted Android devices

Chainfire has pulled the wraps off an all-new app for folks who like to root other devices called LiveBoot. The app is in version 1.00 right now and puts a logcat/dmesg boot animation on the screen of the device during boot to allow users to see what is going on with boot as it happens.

Chainfire updates SuperSU, CF-Auto-Root, How-to SU

It's an early holiday for root developers and users as Chainfire let out a massive release of all his root-related goodies. He has pushed a major update to the SuperSU app on Google Play Store, jumping from version 2.01 to 2.35 and has updated his How-to SU guide for root app developers. He also gives a bit of insight into the journey from KitKat to Lollipop, as well as an announcement that might ruffle a few feathers.

Titanium Backup gets updated for Android 5.0

When we post about certain third party ROMs for devices, or processes and tweaks on your devices, we usually end it with a reminder to keep a usable backup of your device. Titanium Backup is one of those apps that have made our lives easier and much more secure over years of tweaking Android devices.

Chainfire releases new CF-Auto-Roots for Nexus line on Lollipop

If you haven’t heard of Chainfire, then you probably haven’t been near any rooting tools, or are not interested in getting root access to your Android device. If you have been, then Chainfire is usually one of the names that you will hear – he’s a certified Android rockstar, an XDA developer with enough cred make him easily one of the most recognizable names in Android development.

StickMount app updated, SELinux handling improved

StickMount is a rather popular app, which we recommend that you should try (for real). The app allows you to mount USB stick storage to mostly Nexus devices such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. The app has just been updated by Chainfire, one of the more popular XDA developers, for some Android 5.0 goodness and some fixes.

Android 5.0 rooted on Nexus 9 already

Well, that didn't take long. After only a few hours of the Android 5.0 factory images from the Nexus 9 tablet being available to the hacking public, someone has already rooted the device. That someone is Chainfire from XDA Forums. Not only did he root the device, he also created a 64-bit build of the SuperSU binary.

Rovo89 chimes in on Android Lollipop woes for Xposed

It is somewhat curious and at the same time disappointing that each release of Android alienates power users more and more while getting better and more secure. Such is the case of rooting, which is becoming more complex, in particular thanks to Android adopting the rather robust SELinux security framework. But unlike Chainfire, who is rather optimistic about the chances of rooting in the future, Xposed Framework developer Rovo89 isn't as confident. Long story short, fans might have to wait a while for it to come to Android 5.0, if it will ever at all.
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