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Here’s why you should be wary of installing anything that sets SELinux to permissive

Date 15 Feb 2021
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Posted By Brittany Day
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"Considering the irreparable harm that can be inflicted on users targeted by malware on a permissive SELinux environment, we strongly suggest everyone keep it on enforcing unless absolutely necessary." Learn why you should be wary of installing modules and applications that set SELinux to permissive.

In the world of Android modding, people tend to regard root access as the cornerstone of all things. It allows users to take complete control of their devices and add features that aren’t always available in the stock configuration. But as they say — “with great power comes great responsibility” — it’s not wise to bypass Android’s security model unless you know what you’re getting into. For veteran Android enthusiasts on our forums, you are probably aware of the potential for backdoors to exist on your device, and you are more likely to be running a trusted root-enabled mod on top of the latest Android version with the latest security patches. Having said that, you might know a few people who don’t really care about what root tweaks they install so long as they seemingly work for them. This is why you can still find a truckload of mods that only work when SELinux is set to permissive, which, in turn, leave their users extremely susceptible to security threats.

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