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26th July 2014, 05:22 AM |#51  
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How did I miss that?! Thanks, it's great! Buh-bye Bigtincan.
11th September 2014, 09:23 PM |#52  
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All Permissions??
The latest version of AdFree is asking for all permissions. Has anyone done the upgrade? Any idea why it needs all?
11th September 2014, 09:26 PM |#53  
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I noticed the same thing, uninstalled, and switched to AdAway. See the link a couple of posts back.
11th September 2014, 09:53 PM |#54  
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I noticed the same thing, uninstalled, and switched to AdAway. See the link a couple of posts back.

Adaway wants full permissions as well. Picked up version 2.9.1 from: XDA thread 2190753

Whats the deal here?
11th September 2014, 10:16 PM |#55  
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If any of you are running AOSP Roms - You probably have Privacy Guard - And you can block the permissions - Also App Ops can further restrict access for ad blockers

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11th September 2014, 10:19 PM |#56  
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Originally Posted by Firstsage

Adaway wants full permissions as well. Picked up version 2.9.1 from: XDA thread 2190753

Whats the deal here?

AdAway App Info:

-modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
-read the contents of your USB storage
-full permissions to all device features and storage
-full network access
-view network connections
-run at startup
-prevent phone from sleeping

Is there something in the list that shouldn't be there for the level of work the App performs?

The source code is available and the developer has a good community rep.

Some of this could be just Android actually listing what programs do, or the developer complying with Android guidelines. I doubt that anything new has been added.
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11th September 2014, 10:37 PM |#57  
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Come on guys. You need to understand that all root enabled apps have full unrestricted access to your device and always have. It's just that responsible devs declare the permission so you can see it when installing.

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15th September 2014, 07:42 PM |#58  
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Originally Posted by androcraze

AdAway App Info:

-modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
-read the contents of your USB storage
-full permissions to all device features and storage
-full network access
-view network connections
-run at startup
-prevent phone from sleeping

Is there something in the list that shouldn't be there for the level of work the App performs?

The source code is available and the developer has a good community rep.

Some of this could be just Android actually listing what programs do, or the developer complying with Android guidelines. I doubt that anything new has been added.

I am asking why it needs full permissions to all device features and storage.
From what I would expect its just updating the host file to point any DNS names in the list to a non existent address, like itself. Is there something more that it is doing?
I don't doubt the dev has a good community rep, just would like to know why.

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Come on guys. You need to understand that all root enabled apps have full unrestricted access to your device and always have. It's just that responsible devs declare the permission so you can see it when installing.


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So what I understand you to say is that lots of dev's out there are being deceptive about the permissions their apps need to do their functions?
Titainum Back, System App remover, SuperSU are a couple that come to mind that state they need very specific permissions, but not Full Permissions to everything.
15th September 2014, 08:39 PM |#59  
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Originally Posted by Firstsage

I am asking why it needs full permissions to all device features and storage.
From what I would expect its just updating the host file to point any DNS names in the list to a non existent address, like itself. Is there something more that it is doing?
I don't doubt the dev has a good community rep, just would like to know why.


So what I understand you to say is that lots of dev's out there are being deceptive about the permissions their apps need to do their functions?
Titainum Back, System App remover, SuperSU are a couple that come to mind that state they need very specific permissions, but not Full Permissions to everything.

This app (and AdAway) need to modify a system file (hosts). Superuser (SU) permissions are needed to do so.

SU = full access to everything on your device. The app can do literally anything without your permission and/or knowledge. This has always been the case with any app that uses SU.

In more recent times, the ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission was created, so apps that use SU will declare as such (Ti Backup and SuperSU do declare the permission FYI). Apps that call SU, but don't declare the permission can be blocked from superuser access in the SuperSU settings.

To sum up; AdFree has always had permission to do whatever it wanted. It's just declaring the fact now. It's up to you if you continue to trust the dev with those permissions.

As it seems that your device is rooted, but you don't seem to understand the implications of that or of allowing superuser access to apps, I can only suggest you do some reading on the subject.

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15th September 2014, 09:19 PM |#60  
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Originally Posted by kingvortex

This app (and AdAway) need to modify a system file (hosts). Superuser (SU) permissions are needed to do so.

SU = full access to everything on your device. The app can do literally anything without your permission and/or knowledge. This has always been the case with any app that uses SU.

In more recent times, the ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission was created, so apps that use SU will declare as such (Ti Backup and SuperSU do declare the permission FYI). Apps that call SU, but don't declare the permission can be blocked from superuser access in the SuperSU settings.

To sum up; AdFree has always had permission to do whatever it wanted. It's just declaring the fact now. It's up to you if you continue to trust the dev with those permissions.

As it seems that your device is rooted, but you don't seem to understand the implications of that or of allowing superuser access to apps, I can only suggest you do some reading on the subject.

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Just trying to understand the point you were trying to make. Thanks for the explanation.
15th September 2014, 09:41 PM |#61  
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Originally Posted by Firstsage

I am asking why it needs full permissions to all device features and storage.
From what I would expect its just updating the host file to point any DNS names in the list to a non existent address, like itself. Is there something more that it is doing?
I don't doubt the dev has a good community rep, just would like to know why.


So what I understand you to say is that lots of dev's out there are being deceptive about the permissions their apps need to do their functions?
Titainum Back, System App remover, SuperSU are a couple that come to mind that state they need very specific permissions, but not Full Permissions to everything.

Don't know. I'm guessing that if most or all of the ad-blockers exibit this behavior, then it's needed. If you want something a little cleaner, try:

http://direct.xda-developers.com/sho...php?p=32276021

It doesn't update itself (you get to do it manually). It's just a hosts file (text) and nothing more.
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