This year is no exception.
Session Title: Android Rooting/Modding, Legality and Ethics
Session Description: Google often discusses Android as being an "open" platform, and the first-party hardware they provide largely lives up to that dream. However, the Nexus line generally takes a minority stake in the market, and devices from companies like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola are often locked down. Without the ability to change the software on these devices, third-party ROMs and runtime software modification tools can be limited or even impossible to use. Of course, for many users, these issues are difficult to appreciate given the large number of scarily fundamental security bugs found by the Android rooting and modding community, which generally have allowed most any device to install popular ROMs after a surprisingly short period of time. In this talk, I will discuss a few of these security exploits, and then go into some of the challenges related to their construction, distribution, and maintenance. In particular, I will be looking at the issues from the angles of legality and ethics, and ending with some things audience members can do to help the cause.
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