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Well, I'm guilty of not looking on my own device.

VMS.apk is part of the distro. Kinda odd that the package name starts with com.asurian. rather than com.vzw. or com.verizon. though - maybe Verizon farmed out the app development.

And apparently the packages.xml format has changed since the last time I looked at it, but the app manager lists privileges anyway. VMS.apk has "READ_LOGS" privs along with network connectivity. It could easily rat you out with along with a specific device ID even without root privileges.

Very strange that it would ask for root - it already has quite an extensive set of privileges.
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Default It is a root app

before you root your phone it has root access. Once you root your phone it the application has to ask permission. I accepted mine because I was curious. Nothing happened.
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