Google says 'no' to rooting apps in Google Play and issues an emergency patch for Nexus devices to fix a critical kernel bug. Google is trying to stamp out rooting apps that exploit an unpatched Linux kernel bug affecting all Android devices.
Google can't patch the vast majority of Android devices but it has judged that a number of rooting apps are dangerous enough to warrant an unscheduled patch for its own Nexus products. According to an advisory on Friday, the unnamed rooting apps, which are available in Google Play and outside its app store, could lead to a "local permanent device compromise". Repairing the device would require reflashing the operating system.
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