In a blog post on BlackBerry’s website by Alex Manea, the Director of BlackBerry Security, he explains what is rooting and why BlackBerry is protecting against it. While he acknowledges that he understands why people want to root, he also points out problems like system stability, system updates, warranty issues, and the most important of all: security.
According to Manea, “Rooting is a huge risk to the privacy and security of the platform; a rooted device makes you more susceptible to malware and many enterprises refuse to allow rooted devices on their networks (and use enterprise mobility management software (EMM) such as BES12 or Good Dynamics to enforce it).”
To that end, Manea also revealed the various things that they have done to prevent users from gaining root access, which is apparently done for their own good. This includes checking the kernel upon booting up, checking for changes made to the SELinux policy, monitoring file system mounting permissions, and also to check to make sure that unauthorized apps don’t have escalated privileges.
BlackBerry has stated in the past that they do want to keep the PRIV as secure as possible to prove that the company’s trademark security will still be maintained, even if they aren’t using their own software.
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