Recently, questions have been surfacing with regards to security issues about Google’s payment application Google Wallet. Now apparently, another issue has been added to the mix in the form of the application’s latest update. After updating Google Wallet, rooted users found that upon restarting it, it asked ‘Superuser’ for root permissions.
Given the fact that the application ideally does not use permissions for what it is supposed to be doing, it has baffled many members of the root community. Reportedly, the team behind Wallet has been aware of rooted phones for months after a method of stealing a rooted user’s data and funds was found a while back.
While we are not saying that Google is doing that, the root access request does bring up an exclamation mark. On the other hand, opposing speculations have suggested that the permission request is simply a by-product of the application detecting the state of the smartphone.
Another suggestion as to why this has happened since not everyone is apparently experiencing the issue, is that an update in the Superuser application is to be blamed. For now, Google is yet to issue a statement on the phenomenon but its Wallet is functioning just as it should be for now except for the alarming root access request that does trigger some questions.
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