Questions tagged [permissions]

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.

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Why would an app ask for location permission when configuring an IP camera?

Why would this android phone app for this IP camera need location services to be turned on before it gets set up? Surely that's a security risk. If the camera company's database is ever hacked, an ...
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com.whatsapp_preferences.xml periodically gets overwritten how to prevent that from happening

on a magisk rooted Android 10 device com.whatsapp_preferences.xml ( /data/data/com.whatsapp ? ... can't remember that path now ) has been updated with non default parameters as I needed but it ...
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Does cell service provider has ability to display ads over other apps?

I came to realize that in rare occasions when using the Android phone, Cell service provider (Mobile Network provider) shows some popup advertisements. Regardless of the app, screen I was in it always ...
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How to mount a tmpfs directory that would be allowed to be read and written to by any app? (root available)

I am trying to create some volatile (tmpfs) storage for my Android, to avoid clutter. I am trying to follow the previous questions: making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all ...
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Android device screen turning off results in chroot network errors: “ping: sendmsg: Operation not permitted”

I am running Arch Linux ARM in an Android chroot environment. When I first created the environment my user account user was able to access the network and create sockets, however the root account was ...
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Why do Google Play Services appear to access Location despite being disallowed to?

On my phone I disallowed Google Play Services access to Location many months ago. Yet Recent Location Requests item of the Settings still gets them listed: How can this happen? Do Google Play ...
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IBCI custom android 5.1.1 missing Developer mode

I have a handheld POS terminal with a custom ICBC android 5.1.1 "TERMINAL VERSION" installed. A lot is missing in the version, tapping "about terminal", then "build number&...
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Trouble with USB debugging permissions

My screen is cracked and I'm using an app called Vysor to be able to view the phone and to transfer files when my new phone comes in. The problem I'm running into is that even though I'm in developer ...
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App is obscuring a permission request settings can't verify your response, can't turn off Overlay

I need to use DroidCam in my phone and PC, it's an app that lets you use your phone cam as a webcam in your PC. Other programs don't work. Since my internet connection is really slow I have to use it ...
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Android can't view local content after OS upgrade

After upgrading to Android 10, I am not able to use the Files app to view local files on my phone. If I run Files and view the Downloads folder, for example, it merely says "Can't load content at ...
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Grant permissions to a service launched with ADB?

I'm trying to get a simple accessibility service, like Google's Voice Access or Button Mapper to work on an LG Exalt LTE, running a stripped down version of Marshmellow. The stock is missing many UI ...
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What can an app like WhatsApp acess on my phone

The app WhatsApp would like to have permission to access my device's photos, media and files. If I grant permission, exactly what can (could) the application access? Can it access all of the photos ...
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How to make an android app access browse external SD card?

The apk im trying to get to work is exagear 3.0.1. It is the one with which you can get some things running on windows, including what i want to run but things I want to run are too big filesize to ...
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Unable to Block or Allow permissions on Google Chrome

When I navigate to a website on my Android Phone I periodically get a prompt for me to Block or Allow a site permission to (e.g.,) use my location. I try to click block or allow and nothing happens. ...
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How do I revoke permissions that are preventing an App reinstalling on Android Pie

I am trying to re-install File Commander in Android 9 but Office Suite is creating a conflict with the permissions. I tried uninstalling Office Suite but no change. File Commander isn't installed. ...
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Will this Remove a Permission from an App?

So I downloaded an app from the web today, but it had some permissions I was uncomfortable with granting. So, I used APKTool to decompile the APK, removed the suspicious permission from the manifest, ...
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One Plus 7 - phone restarted after downloading an app and all apps permission got reset to default

I recently downloaded a game from the play store (Hitman Sniper). After the game completed installing, the phone automatically restarted and after that whichever app I opened, it asked for the ...
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No permissions but still able to access storage

I'm kinda frustrated! The app has absolutely no permissions but still is able to access my storage (photos and files) on both Xiaomi MI 9T Pro and OnePlus 6 running Android 10 which is all about ...
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Keeping ADB permissions while USB tethering

It seems that I can only get ADB permissions for my device only while in MTP or PTP mode and NOT in USB tethering mode, which is what I need. I have done plenty of research but I stumbled upon so ...
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What can malware on Android 10 actually do? [duplicate]

I was hoping to get an idea of how well modern versions of Android protect your phone using sandboxing. If you install an app and don't grant it any permissions what types of common malware activities ...
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to identify these services after upg. to andr 10?

To all, please tell me if this is relevant to the forum. the problem: I want to identify these services that appear after the upgrade to Android 10, in adjustments -> applications and ...
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What can you do when you can't chmod /system/bin/chmod?

I have changed the permissions of the file \system\bin\chmod from 777(-rwxrwxrwx) to 644 (-rw-r--r--), how can I turn back to 777? I don't know is this may be relevant, but I'm using a samsung J5 ...
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mounting an app folder to external storage fails for Write access on Android Q but will work in Android Pie

I could mount my partitions holding whatsapp (exFat) and titanium ( ext4 ) backup data on android Pie but right now on Q it will not let a RW operation be performed after mounting I understand /...
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Android App Permission Camera always >= 1?

Somehow, even after going through all the apps under `app permissions' and revoking microphone and camera access I get as a summary that 1 of X apps use the camera and 1 of Y apps use the microphone. ...
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making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all apps

I have 3 partitions on my micro SD card which are all ExT4 partition 1 : main partition for external SD card data with download folders partition 2 & 3 : for WhatsApp and linked apps ...
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How to block an app from accessing my speaker?

How do I prevent an app from playing audio on an Android?
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How to limit data access in phone state permission

One Android app is asking for READ_PHONE_STATE to verify that the mobile number entered for registration actually exists on the same phone. I don't have a problem with this however I am using a dual ...
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How does Whatsapp use my mobile fingerprint in their app?

How does Whatsapp access my fingerprint? WhatsApp did not ask permission to use my fingerprint. Then how do they use my fingerprint for unlocking?
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How is it possible that I run android apps with the right user rights

I learned for every app I installed on my Android, a new user is created. And the data for this app is stored in /data/data/app folder with the only access permission to the user that is created for ...
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Why are certain functions permissible while others are not (from a security standpoint)?

You would think there must be some sort of logical convention or decision-making that leads to what is or is not permissible, followed by sanity checks against each functions' interactions for ...
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Is there any way to completely block an app from using audio?

Every time I open an app (in this particular case, Pokemon Go), My bluetooth headphones are automatically swapped to my phone, even if I am actively using them to listen to music from another source. ...
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Insufficent rights for npm install in Termux on Android

I'm trying to install a Node.js module in a folder, for example, /data/data/com.termux/files/home/storage/shared/documents/projects/code/js/test-npm, from Termux on rooted Android 6 running npm ...
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Why I cannot grant “Allow all the time” location permission to Whatsapp?

I have a Pixel 4 and Android 10 stock, and the system only offers me these options for location permission of this app: Allow only while the app is in use Deny But there is no "Allow all the time". ...
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Can I uninstall preinstalled apps and reinstall them from Play store for enhanced security?

I'm reading Android Hacker's Handbook, and it chapter 2 it says: Applications are typically broken into two categories: pre-installed and user-installed. Pre-installed applications include [..]. ...
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Why `diag_mdlog` not able to write on `/sdcard` if it is fired from an Android App that has write permissions?

I am getting a weird behavior with diag_mdlog executable. I am executing it from my Android app as su -c /vendor/bin/diag_mdlog -o /sdcard/abc -f /sdcard/Test.cfg The issue is: if the android ...
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removing privileged permissions from pre-installed apps

Many pre-installed apps get privileged permissions, which are defined in /etc/permissions/privapp-permissions-*.xml files. Given a rooted device, it would be possible to edit those files in order to ...
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List of ADB settable permissions

I am searching for a list of permissions that can be set with adb. I could just iterate through all permissions and ignore the failed ones but i'd rather filter out the ones that i know can't be set ...
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Is permission elevation still a security issue for end users when updating Android?

Is this still an issue for end users?: Researchers have determined that the Android update process has a vulnerability that allows permission elevation without user knowledge. Android allows ...
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How to disable the OTG (USB) on Android 9?

I want to disable the OTG (USB) on Android 9. I coud control it on Android 6 by disabling a permission on the file android.hardware.usb.host.xml located in /system/etc/permission but it is not working ...
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permissions.default.microphone on Firefox for Android

I want Firefox for Android to allow microphone access by default, so I don't have to click a notification window all the time. In the desktop version you can go to about:config in the url bar and set ...
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Are these app permissions normal?

Can it be used to steal personal data or intercept/view online activity?
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How to bind-mount “data” and “obb” folders from external SD card in “/sdcard/Android”?

Can someone help me mount my Android/data and Android/obb in my internal storage from my portable storage? I'm on a Pie ROM. I found this: How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct ...
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Apps are not allowed by Google to read SMS messages, but why can they read OTP SMS directly?

Termux:API app has a command termux-sms-list to list SMS messages on the Termux terminal. However, the wiki says that it is not supported anymore because of Google. Usage of this API is no longer ...
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What happens if I ignore the warning: “If you deny this permission, basic features of your device may no longer function as intended”?

If I go into the permissions settings for the Google app and change the Location permission from "Allow all the time" to "Allow only while using the app" or "Deny," I am presented with a warning: "If ...
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When notification access is not available on certain phone, is it possible to run 3rd-party/background apps?

I have installed (...) (device monitoring app) to a phone. During installation I get an error on the target phone saying Notification access - this feature is not available on this device Since ...
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How do I prevent apps from trying to gain permissions?

I downloaded an app for a restaurant I frequent to collect points. When I tell it to show the QR code to scan at the register, it switches to a screen in my Android Settings to "Modify system settings"...
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Do permissions have to be declared in the manifest for an app to have the access they provide?

I was using Universal Copy for a while to be able to copy text from fields that are not normally able to be selected, but due to it being able to see all contents on the screen when running, I would ...
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Are Android App Permissions Placebos (Android Pie)?

I'm looking at every app that has 'Microphone' permissions on my Android Pie Galaxy Note phone, accessed through: Settings > Apps > Hamburger Menu > App Permissions > Microphone Five ...
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How to get rid of SeLinux Denials in Permissive mode?

Need some help with 3 issues: In Permissive mode I get denials, why does this happen and how do I fix that? If I am enforced, how do I give access to my Partitions to various processes. Right now I ...
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How to bind mount a folder inside /sdcard with correct permissions?

I am using a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. As is well known, the internal memory is rather small. Especially the Media directory of WhatsApp uses a lot of precious space, therefore I am trying to move it to ...

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