The access that apps advertise that they need to function. Example: Full internet access, send SMS messages, etc. Please use this tag for app-permissions only. For file permissions, use 'file-permissions' instead.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
19 views

How to list apps, which have a permission to access the camera?

I am experiencing the problem with the mm-qcamera-daemon on a Nexus 5 with 4.4.4, as described in this question. I would like to know if there is a way to see which apps have a permission to access ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
1
vote
2answers
17 views

Once an app asks for root, why does it ask for other permissions?

I see apps that require both root as well as regular permissions. What's the point, as root implies that it can do everything?
1
vote
1answer
531 views

how to root your Android or at least understand how it works

I do not know exactly how rooting works or if it can even by done on my Android (Samsung GT-N8013) device. No rootkit appears to exist yet for Android 4.1.2, so I am left with figuring out how to ...
41
votes
8answers
7k views

How to search the Play Store by permissions?

How do I specify that I do not wish to see apps that require for example internet access? Or to only show apps that use a specific permission? A specific repository with search on its webpage? An app ...
0
votes
1answer
366 views

Why are so many apps using permissions that take my personal data?

I am again and again noticing that a ton of apps ask for ridiculous permissions, and I'm getting frustrated by searching for apps that don't ask me for too much - and frankly, I would download 3 times ...
0
votes
0answers
178 views

Rooted Android 4.4 does not show mounted external-usb disk to all apps?

I am using a custom Android 4.4 ROM (rooted) with ext4 file-system support on my Radxa Rock ARM dev-board, the board shows detects the attached disk driver (shows USB device safe to remove ...
7
votes
1answer
165 views

Google play store does not show all persmissions at app install

So recently, I was searching for a news app that needs few permissions as possible. I found an app called Flipboard. Google play said I need to allow the following: Identity Photos/Media/Files ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Nexus 7 v2 remount internal sdcard with exec,suid,dev privilages

I have a root nexus 7 v2 I'm trying to put an Ubuntu filesystem to ChRoot into. I have the filesystem and do this on many development boards that have external SDCARDs and ensure they are mounted with ...
6
votes
3answers
810 views

Why can apps access the whole SD card?

Is there a technical reason for why apps that only need their own data are not limited to one folder? I do realise that some apps use other apps' data, but I'd be much more likely to install an app ...
-1
votes
1answer
50 views

Revoke GPS permission for a system app on 4.0.4

I have a Sony Xperia Miro running Android 4.0.4 - Not Rooted, Stock Firmware. It contains Facebook as system app. Now, i don't want them to track me so i usually have GPS disabled. My question is now: ...
1
vote
0answers
417 views

I can no longer write to /emulated/0 without root or system access

I have a Sprint Galaxy Note 3. I've rooted with CF Auto Root, flashed TWRP, flashed Jellybomb, and then restored back to stock from a nandroid backup. I'm not sure when it started, but it appears ...
-1
votes
1answer
61 views

what is uses-permission “android.permission.INTERNET”? [duplicate]

I read something about uses-permission in android application , but I don't know what is "android.permission.INTERNET" , or why we need this.
18
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there a way to know the actual permissions of an app now before installing?

I'm not a fan of the current so-called "simplified" permissions in the Play store, and would like a way to check the exact permissions of an app before installing. This need not be a tool that does ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Android system folder permission lockout

I have apparently messed up the permissions to the /system/ folder in android (a galaxy s3 sgh-i747, which is rooted). I think I locked myself out of being able to execute anything in that folder, ...
9
votes
1answer
6k views

Workaround for Android 4.4 not being able to write to SD cards?

Yesterday I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4 KitKat and had the bad surprise that it cannot write to my SD card anymore... I know this problem is widely documented everywhere, but has any ...
29
votes
14answers
5k views

Are there any tools to sandbox a malware application even more than the granted permissions on Android?

Suppose I want to run some program which requests too many permissions. For example, record from the microphone or read IMEI of my phone. However, there are no practical explanation why recording from ...
0
votes
0answers
595 views

Baidu Android Store automatically installed without permission

Android Store (com.baidu.androidstore) is automatically installed on my device without permission. It happens in last 2 weeks. Two months ago, I had installed Baidu Browser (com.baidu.browser.inter) ...
7
votes
1answer
458 views

Why does Google Search suddenly need a lot more permissions?

I obviously have Google Search installed on my stock Nexus 4, however, a recent update for this app appears to require no less than 11 new permissions. Google does not appear to give any explanation ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

Understanding SMS APP permissions

On android KitKat i have run into the following permission: SMS Uses one or more of: SMS, MMS. Chrages may apply. How do i get a more fine-grained explination of this permission? Does it mean that ...
-3
votes
1answer
41 views

Which current, major roms include permission management? [duplicate]

Current, major and trustworthy ROMs only please. I'm not implying that smaller ROMs all contain malware - 99% probably don't, but for something like this I want to be as sure as possible. A simple ...
2
votes
1answer
142 views

Give fake permission details to apps on Xperia X10i

Because of the recent update to Google play stores permissions, I wish that as apps can access very personal information, I want to deny permissions to the apps, but as I have heard that this might ...
-1
votes
1answer
15 views

Administrative permissions for remote disabling of phone

I have following question I have Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3. If I choose option for remote disabling phone if the phone lost or stolen , i asked for some give some administrative permissions. Are ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

How to find out which new permissions are required by an update?

When updating an app that requires new permissions, those new permissions used to be labelled with a green NEW tag. No more. Now I can only see the full list of permissions required. I'm still ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

what does SERIAL and proc permissions stand for?

Often in my rooted android device, since I have installed xprivacy manager, applications ask me for serial perm in category identification (hardware) (that very often, translation may be approximate), ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Help understanding Whatsapp's permissions

Whatsapp has been nagging me for the past few days that I have to upgrade it to continue using it. With the Facebook acquisition and the Play Store no longer marking the permissions that are "NEW" ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Can the RECEIVE_SMS permission be used to intercept SMS messages?

I've noticed quite a few apps requesting the RECEIVE_SMS permission. Two things are clear to me here: RECEIVE_SMS enables an app to "snap" incoming SMS READ_SMS just applies to SMS already stored ...
0
votes
1answer
280 views

How can I set the correct SELinux / SEAndroid policy for an App?

I am using the free SSHelper SSH server on my phone to get SSH access. However, the application is not behaving correctly under SELinux when set to Enforcing mode, but seem to be OK when using ...
8
votes
2answers
385 views

Is there a list that explains the risks involved with each granted application permission type?

Usually an installed android app will request permissions such as Phone calls read phone state and identity or System tools prevent phone from sleeping But the actual consequences from a ...
59
votes
6answers
33k views

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?

Why do so many applications require permission to read the phone state and identity?. Specifically: Phone calls read phone state and identity For example Quickpedia is a Wikipedia portal, but ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Can my Android phone be hacked without installing permissions?

After reading this article ( Kaspersky smartphone report ) this got me wondering. Obviously if I install a dodgy app through Play Store or directly from a website, that can be dangerous, however if I ...
1
vote
3answers
23k views

How to add root permission to some app by myself?

Is there any way that I intentionally grant root permission to some app? Not automatically via SuperSU when a specific app asks for root permission, but in a way to pick an app via some tool and grant ...
1
vote
0answers
157 views

Permission Request for account <name>@gmail.com

Starting tonight, I started getting notifications that read "Permission requested for account @gmail.com". When I click and hold to go to App Info, it disappears and nothing comes up. When I click on ...
7
votes
3answers
15k views

What does the “modify/delete USB storage contents” permission really mean?

What does the modify/delete USB storage contents permission really mean? Does it grant access for the application to read, modify and write all the data on my USB storage? Maybe it is this only ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

What does “discover known accounts” permission mean?

I am not sure what an app can do to me if it is able to discover my account, to what extent? Thank you very much.
1
vote
3answers
4k views

How to stop com.seven.Z7.Social Hub from keeping my phone awake?

com.seven.Z7.Social Hub is regularly keeping my phone awake for hours and hours. How do I stop it from doing so? Thank you
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it safe to install Launchers for Android which require quite a few permissions?

I have HTC One X with Sense on it. Sense is a bit slow. So I installed Apex Launcher. It was fast but it required quite a few permissions so I uninstalled it. I looked at other Launchers in Google ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

How to modify app permissions on a rooted device without third party?

Is there any way to modify app permissions on a rooted (running Android 4.3) device "by hand"? Or maybe I should ask how third party apps (like "access denied" or "Gemini") can block app permissions? ...
14
votes
3answers
8k views

What can an app do with the “USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE” permission?

Can such an app freely read my emails/calendar/message/docs/etc.? The "USE ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE" permission is also known for developers as android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS. Example of such ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Can I prevent auto-update of apps with changed permissions?

I would like to auto-update any app that has no change in permissions. Apps with changed permissions, I would like to review the changes before updating. Is this possible?
0
votes
0answers
197 views

What really needs to be wiped before flashing rom or kernel?

Wiping Questions Does wiping cache wipe dalvik cache? What to do with dalvik cache in recovery when flashing when I changed the default from Dalvik to ART? When I flash kernel what partitions to ...
3
votes
1answer
120 views

What lurks behind these Gmail/GTalk permissions?

I just stumbled upon some permissions which sound clear at first sight (noticed them already quite a while ago, just decided to dig deeper right now). Thinking about possible implications, I'd really ...
14
votes
2answers
4k views

What do the permissions that applications require mean?

When installing an application, the application lists permissions that it needs to perform its functions. I am creating this list of the the system defined permissions and a description of what ...
1
vote
1answer
505 views

What is the difference between Android user app with root access and a system app

The answer I am looking for is in the aspect of permissions. Can a system app do everything? Can a user app with root access (on rooted device) do everything? If so, are they the same? For example ...
0
votes
1answer
448 views

Manually add UID to a system group

Let's say i create a custom group on Android (We will call it GID 5000) and i want to add users (apps) to this group, how can i manually add the app's UID to GID 5000 ? If possible, without touching ...
62
votes
9answers
3k views

Is it possible to install an app and exclude some of its requested permissions?

Occasionally I want to install an application which requires certain permissions that I feel it really shouldn't need. Can I install the app without giving it these permissions? For example, GPS ...
1
vote
0answers
248 views

How can I revoke an app's permission to access USB after granting it permanently?

I have an app that requested USB access, and when prompted I selected "Yes, allow this app to use USB" and checked the "permanently" checkbox. Now I would like to revoke this permission so that the ...
20
votes
1answer
1k views

Why do some apps with no internet features require internet access?

A couple of apps I've installed or considered say they require internet access even though they have no obvious internet features. One of the most surprising ones was a simple compass app. Why is ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Do the apps that require a full internet access override android network settings?

You all know that some apps require "full internet access', and other permissions. Some use it for ads, some use it for other reasons, etc. So, can these apps access the internet when my wifi network ...
1
vote
2answers
758 views

Facebook Messenger without permissions

Facebook Messenger for Android requires a lot of permissions - like reading my SMS and other stuff. I really don't like that. Is there any fb chat application which doesn't require such permissions? ...