Android users who want to root their devices will have to try a little harder in Android 7.0 Nougat – scheduled for release this August.
A new feature called “Verified Boot” in Nougat will make rooting Android a little harder.
Verified Boot works in a similar way to Samsung Knox’s security: it detects when you’ve rooted the device, then takes actions against you once a root is detected.
Google is calling this a security feature and claim it’s one of “multiple layers of protection to keep users safe” in Android. It’s true that some Androids do come with security problems installed at the root level – like a compromised kernel. Google is trying to combat this problem.
However, many rooted Android fans see this as a deliberate attempt to prevent people from rooting.
Let’s take a closer look at how Verified Boot works.
How Does Verified Boot Work?
By default, Android has always verified large partitions of your Android kernel on rooting. However, with Verified Boot, Android will specifically look at your kernel to see if its cryptographic integrity has been compromised.
The thing is – you compromise the cryptographic integrity of Android when you root it. That’s the whole point – you need to edit the kernel, which is part of the core of the Android OS.
If Android 7.0 detects that the cryptographic integrity of even one byte of the kernel has been compromised, then it will deliver an error message.
Google goes into deep detail about the process at their official blog announcement here.
But in layman’s terms, what this means is that rooted Android users may have trouble booting their devices into Android 7.0 Nougat. After you root your device and edit the kernel, you might see an error when you try to boot into Android 7.0. Future rooted users may have to develop a workaround to this issue.
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