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Magisk v16.4 adds app shortcuts and bug fixes, breaks root for a few apps including Tasker

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Magisk developer topjohnwu might be off serving compulsory military service, but he's still maintained a rapid release schedule for his popular root solution. Magisk v16.4 (and Magisk Manager v5.7.0) were released over the weekend, and they add a handful of technical fixes, app shortcuts, and Android P improvements, but it isn't all smooth sailing. The latest version also removes Magisk's 64-bit binaries, which may break root support for some apps, including the very popular Tasker

The full changelog for Magisk v16.4 and the corresponding Magisk Manager update (v5.7.0), are just below:

Magisk
v16.4
- [Daemon] Directly check logcat command instead of detecting logd, should fix logging and MagiskHide on several Samsung devices
- [Daemon] Fix startup Magisk Manager APK installation on Android P
- [MagiskPolicy] Switch from AOSP u:r:su:s0 to u:r:magisk:s0 to prevent conflicts
- [MagiskPolicy] Remove unnecessary sepolicy rules to reduce security penalty
- [Daemon] Massive re-design /sbin tmpfs overlay and daemon start up
- [MagiskInit] Remove magiskinit_daemon, the actual magisk daemon (magiskd) shall handle everything itself
- [Daemon] Remove post-fs stage as it is very limited and also will not work on A/B devices; replaced with simple mount in post-fs-data, which will run ASAP even before the daemon is started
- [General] Remove all 64-bit binaries as there is no point in using them; all binaries are now 32-bit only.

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Magisk v16.4 adds app shortcuts and bug fixes, breaks root for a few apps including Tasker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk updated with Android P support, other improvements

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Magisk is probably a name that needs no introduction 'round these parts, but for the uninitiated, it's an open source root solution which includes SafetyNet root detection mitigation—so you can have your # and still get Pokemon Go, too. Prolific Magisk developer topjohnwu may have been called to military service, but even he couldn't resist the allure of the new Android P developer previews. The new Magisk v16.1 and Magisk Manager v5.6.2 released over the weekend have introduced support for Google's latest.

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Magisk updated with Android P support, other improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk updated with fingerprint security option for root requests

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Magisk is probably one of the most well-known and widely used root solutions these days, made famous for its root-detection mitigation strategies. Now both Magisk and the accompanying Magisk Manager have been updated to v15.3 and v5.4.4, respectively, this time bringing the convenience of fingerprint authorization to the dialog which grants root access. 

The new versions are v15.3 (Magisk) and v5.4.4 (Magisk Manager), and changelogs for each are included just below:

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Magisk

v15.3
- [Daemon] Fix the bug that only one script would be executed in post-fs-data.d/service.d
- [Daemon] Add MS_SILENT flag when mounting, should fix some devices that cannot mount magisk.img
- [MagiskBoot] Fix potential segmentation fault when patching ramdisk, should fix some installation failures

Magisk Manager
v5.4.4
- Fix dtbo on-boot detection, should follow configured dtbo patching behavior on Pixel 2 devices
- Add fingerprint authentication for Superuser requests

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Both changelogs are pretty light this time around.

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Magisk updated with fingerprint security option for root requests was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk v15.1 released to stable, fixes v15 bootloop for some devices

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Most of us that have been using Magisk for our root needs have probably been installing the latest beta builds. Through them, we've seen incremental improvements and additions to the stability and functionality of the root tool. And now Magisk developer topjohnwu has decided that all these recent additions are stable enough for everyone to enjoy, as a new update to Magisk has been released to stable. 

If you updated to v15, which was also a stable release, you might have run into a small bit of trouble.

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Magisk v15.1 released to stable, fixes v15 bootloop for some devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x3: Qualcomm responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics.

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[Update x2: OnePlus responds] OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Just a month ago, OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable data from phone owners through incredibly detailed analytics. While the company eventually reversed course on the data collection, another discovery has been made in the software of OnePlus phones. One developer found an application intended for factory testing, and through some investigation and reverse-engineering, was able to obtain root access using it.

 

The application in question is called 'EngineerMode,' which is intended to be used in factories to confirm that the device is working properly.

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OnePlus left a backdoor in its devices capable of root access was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

XDA’s One-Handed Mode app makes it easier to use your giant smartphone

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

While large displays can be beautiful, using them in everyday scenarios can be anything but. This is particularly the case if you're holding yourself steady on a bus or train with one hand while browsing your smartphone with the other on a daily basis. To address this potential hazard, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and other manufacturers offer a one-handed mode on some of their phones, and now a new XDA app called (wait for it) "One-Handed Mode" is bringing the helpful feature to any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher.

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XDA's One-Handed Mode app makes it easier to use your giant smartphone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Magisk v14.3 beta released with new ‘Invincible mode’ fix for root loss, among other changes

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Magisk was previously updated to support Google's Pixel devices, as well as any other phones that might use the recently-implemented A/B partitioning scheme. But, there was one hiccup. It turns out that the Magisk daemon running in the background can die, leading to a temporary loss of root, and it doesn't get restarted. But this latest update, v14.3, introduces a new "Invincible mode" that should fix all that.

The issue was widely reported, and even we were affected.

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Magisk v14.3 beta released with new 'Invincible mode' fix for root loss, among other changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices

Friday, October 13th, 2017

This May, Netflix started blocking rooted and unlocked devices from downloading the company's app on Google Play. It was an unfortunate restriction that locked out many people and stirred up a lot of anger. Over the last week, some of us at AP have started noticing the app reappearing, even though our devices still don't pass SafetyNet/Google Play device certification.

Not all of us are seeing the Netflix app return. My own bootloader-unlocked Pixel XL still adamantly refuses to show the app listing, but Artem's is more than happy to oblige.

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Netflix is suddenly reappearing on the Play Store for some previously banished modified devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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