Originally Posted by TWiiTCH
Hello everyone. Just to be blunt, I'm nowhere near your knowledge when it comes to rooting but I was dilly-dallying on my phone before I had to leave for work and I found I could access files through xgimp, the app that is like Microsoft Paint. Anyway if you load the app and then click on open files and then click on file system I see that I can view all the system files that you cannot View or at least I cannot View with any other file managing application or similar like my files on Samsung. I can only see the files they allow me which is the non root or the user files. When you go into the file system in Gimp it gives you a view of all the system files including root but I had no more time to mess around before I had to leave. I don't know if this is of any interest to anyone trying to root but if somebody wants to take a look here's a screenshot to prove what I'm seeing. As for moving files around or what the permissions are, or what can be done I'm not sure but let me know if I'm wasting time or if maybe in some way I found something useful. I am dying for this phone to be rooted so that is the only reason I am adding this. Like I said I'm not experienced but I do know when I can view system files that you cannot from any other app there must be something special going on and I thought maybe it might be useful. Cheers on your work and all the hours you put in have been much appreciated and I wish you all the luck in the world. Thanks a million. I am quite familiar with routing but have only rooted the S3 and Nexus 5 and S7 and that's all. I do know system files when I see them and these appear to be system files and not user files.
That is standard, any advanced file manager app for the phone itself can also view those files (except some that are in directories which have file masks preventing directory traversal... although you could probably see them externally if you mounted the devices external storage directly)... they're just hidden from the default "my files" app, as well as some less advanced file managers. You can even download a shell app and execute many of the commands you can see in one of the "bin" directories... nothing useful, just like `pwd' , `whoami' , etc... Unfortunately, nothing too crazy...
Although I did notice that I had somehow installed a bunch of symlinks into the root system bin. It happened when I first got the phone and was trying to put a minimal busybox install on it without root... I was messing around forever... installing tons of different flavors, adding permissions via adb, trying to install through adb. Eventually it worked. Still pretty basic functionality, as I could not access the hardware at a low enough level to run even TCP or ICMP traceroutes, but it had successfully put all the symlinks into the default system bin, like it would have done on a rooted device. I later attempted to manually create a symlink in a protected folder (after a few updates), it failed. However the symlinks added by the busybox install are still there.
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