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[Q] Crazy anti-theft idea

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I've had an idea for improving anti theft.

The one flaw in hardcore solutions like avast mobile and Cerberus is that they are rendered useless when a new ROM is flashed or the system partition is wiped. I know avast is supposed to have an option to be added to the backup list on CyanogenMod based ROMs, but for some reason it never works for me. Maybe because it could have been designed for CM7 and not CM9.

Anyway, the solution to the issue would be adding the anti theft program to another protected partition other than the android system. OEMs use additional partitions for the HBOOT or ODIN. An encrypted partition would make it secure. I know Ubuntu has some sort LVM encryption.

Or, restricting access to the custom recovery menu by locking it with a pass code. The issue with that might be where to store that pass code. Of course you could just reflash a stock recovery to prevent writing to the system partition, but who wants to do that?

So there's a basic description of the flaw now it just needs to be fixed somehow. I'm not good with actual coding so I'd leave that to the developers.

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Originally Posted by Buckylastard View Post
I much rather would like to catch the thief who stole my phone instead of frying the phone.

My phone got stolen last month and even though I had some kind of find phone feature, I couldn't look it up. They should made something based on the IMEI# of the phone to track it instead of the sim card and account, which could easily be replaced.
I would rather blow up my phone along with the hand of the thief.
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U add an app to system/app and this app popup every 12h and want a code like "xdgfr" and u have 10 seconds after first touch of code, if u dont write in ur phone vibrates 20 seconds and than u must insert again code if not ---> hard brick

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  1. Install a ssh server such as dropbear, starting from init.rc
  2. Install an IPv6 6in4 tunnel.
Now you got access to your phone via ssh and a unique IPv6 address, reachable wherever the phone is, behind NATs, firewalls, on cellular nets etc.

If it gets stolen, just access it and decide the best action ...
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Just :

A new encrypted partition that can only be deleted by the user entering a password, this partition will store a pre-configured program that will detect the state of the rom, stolen-alarm, will store credentials (for accessing the main security account, data and networks) and will take actions depending on that configuration or direct access from the user(Via ssh or a custom UI).

What about that?

It doesn't need to be a large partition, just large enough to save that data.
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I wouldnt want that app to get in the wrong hands.
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