[APP][XPOSED][6.0+] XPrivacyLua - Android privacy manager

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scattey

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about: "return fake IP". That is indeed tracking, but privacy as well.
Here, you get a fixed IP when you get a DSL line at home. That is bounded with your name and all the related info. Unless one is using a VPN, the normal internet/network access will reveal your real IP to the app...

Is that about what I suggested? If so, that is not what I meant by "get network connections". It is a list of connections you've made. If this isn't about that, IP address isn't private information.
 

Ikzy

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Apr 3, 2016
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Sometimes after updating, the app won't load all the apps and restrictions, throwing tons of errors in the xposed log. All user apps are missing for sure..

Snippet from the exposed log:

Private.. <-- guess pasting that's restricted by xprivacy Lua? (I did not set permissions for xda-labs)
 

M66B

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Sometimes after updating, the app won't load all the apps and restrictions, throwing tons of errors in the xposed log. All user apps are missing for sure..

Snippet from the exposed log:

Private.. <-- guess pasting that's restricted by xprivacy Lua? (I did not set permissions for xda-labs)

Please provide the Xposed log so I can see what is happening.

I am assuming that you did a reboot after updating.

'private' is used as restricted clipboard paste and fake SSID only.
 

Ikzy

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I tried, but that was automatically restricted by xprivacy, can't u check because xda-labs is a user app and is not showing up. Removing the db file and rebooting fixed the issue for now, but I had this before.. Problem is I can't post a log because the clipboard is restricted when it happens.. I will investigate further..
 

roizcorp2

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I tried to follow the tread but wow, there are too many comments....just emphasize how much XPrivacy and XPrivacyLua mean to people - Thank you for the great work

Becauase of the above, forgive me if I repeat this question. I think what I miss the reactive behavior of XPrivacy, i.e. notifying me that an app tries to retrieve some data and then on demand I decide whether to restrict it or not, even in the new paradigm of XPrivacyLua's restriction. The current situation is I face is a huge list of apps that I need to know up front what to restrict it to, which could be overbearing.

This "on demand" behavior was also enlightening about whether an app is good or bad in nature.

As for all the ranting, as far as I understand, Xprivacy is open source and may be forked and further maintained so you can setup a bounty or step up and do it by yourself - I, personally, cannot so I try to utilize my proffessional experience and be help with product perspectives insights
 

M66B

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I tried to follow the tread but wow, there are too many comments....just emphasize how much XPrivacy and XPrivacyLua mean to people - Thank you for the great work

Becauase of the above, forgive me if I repeat this question. I think what I miss the reactive behavior of XPrivacy, i.e. notifying me that an app tries to retrieve some data and then on demand I decide whether to restrict it or not, even in the new paradigm of XPrivacyLua's restriction. The current situation is I face is a huge list of apps that I need to know up front what to restrict it to, which could be overbearing.

This "on demand" behavior was also enlightening about whether an app is good or bad in nature.

As for all the ranting, as far as I understand, Xprivacy is open source and may be forked and further maintained so you can setup a bounty or step up and do it by yourself - I, personally, cannot so I try to utilize my proffessional experience and be help with product perspectives insights
Please see here: https://github.com/M66B/XPrivacyLua/blob/master/FAQ.md#FAQ4
 

M66B

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M66B

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There have been quite some inquiries about on demand restricting. On demand restricting will not be added to XPricacyLua, see here about why not.

XPrivacyLua is designed to restrict apps without letting them crash, so you can apply all available restrictions, check if the app works okay and remove the restrictions which are causing problems. By drilling down the app details in XPrivacyLua you can see if and when an restriction was enforced (look for a time), so you can quickly see which restrictions might be causing problems.

I will add an option to show a status bar notification when an restriction was enforced, so you can see what is going on and quickly navigate to the app restriction settings. This way XPrivacyLua offers something close to on demand restricting without the disadvantages of it.
 

M66B

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Hmm, is donate version correct term? I thought donating wouldn't give me Pro.

Can you please also take a look here Marcel:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75219461&postcount=716
The pro companion app offers in-app purchases to enable individual and/or all pro features. For now the only pro feature is setting a custom or a coarse location. Donations are for the free part of XPrivacyLua and the pro companion app for extra paid features.

The IMEI can be restricted as part of the phone data restriction, but there is currently no way to select a custom IMEI. This might be made possible through the pro companion app.
 
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The pro companion app offers in-app purchases to enable individual and/or all pro features. For now the only pro feature is setting a custom or a coarse location. Donations are for the free part of XPrivacyLua and the pro companion app for extra paid features.

The IMEI can be restricted as part of the phone data restriction, but there is currently no way to select a custom IMEI. This might be made possible through the pro companion app.

Ok this is clear. One question left: what does the IMEI restriction do for now? Empty IMEI or fake IMEI and if it's fake: is it changed on every app or device start or this it generated only one time per app?
 

bluegrass55

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Apps missing from list

Decided to have a good try of this Lua (to wean myself from Xprivacy). After a few tries & reboots I finally manged to roughly workout what permissions to allow.
However after a few re installs & data wipes most of the apps disappear from the list.

Also is there comparable list of restrictions between Lua & Xprivacy?
For example what is the equivalent permission Get Applications in the old Xprivacy?

I used version .23.
 

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popveneer

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Marcel,

Error within XPL and as Notification:

Privacy.Build.SERIAL
java.lang.NoSuchMethodException: #SERIAL

Only seeing this for serial number and only for Clock (LG) and Whatsapp so far. Is this expected or actionable? Only shows up after first attempt or after clearing and enabling identifiers restriction.

All the best. Logcat captured and I can email to you if helpful.
 

M66B

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Decided to have a good try of this Lua (to wean myself from Xprivacy). After a few tries & reboots I finally manged to roughly workout what permissions to allow.
However after a few re installs & data wipes most of the apps disappear from the list.

Also is there comparable list of restrictions between Lua & Xprivacy?
For example what is the equivalent permission Get Applications in the old Xprivacy?

I used version .23.
There is mostly no need to reboot to apply restrictions.

I have no idea why apps disappear from the list. Somebody else reported this too, but I need to reproduce this or see the cause in a log file to be able to fix this. My theory is that you restricted access to get application for a system app/component.

XPrivacy and XPrivacyLua work differently and therefore the restrictions cannot be compared one to one.
 

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    I am visiting this thread rarely anymore because most comments are about Xposed and not about XPrivacyLua. So, if it takes a long time until you get an answer from me, you know why now. If you don't get an answer at all, it is most likely about an Xposed issue.
    6
    Can you demonstrate where you see the Xposed issue so I can log a bug with them?
    This thread is full of comments about this problem, but the Xposed developers are too busy fighting with each other. Basically, XPrivacyLua itself isn't hooked.

    Read a little back here to see which version/combinations Riru/Xposed work.
    4
    i think by Android(framework) it means Google Service Framework (com.google.android.gsf)
    Android framework is Android system, not GSF.
    4
    Okay, it is really enough now. I won't follow this thread anymore. If you need support, you can use the support menu item in the pro companion app.
    3
    I tried the clipboard and recorded it on WeChat, but Suning did not. . . .

    I found this error code
    Code:
    04-10 11:45:26.389  5323  5323 I EdXposed: Riru hooks installed
    04-10 11:45:26.452  5323  5323 I EdXposed: ART hooks installed
    04-10 11:45:26.522  5311  5311 I EdXposed-Bridge: XLua.Xposed Loaded com.android.traceur:10090
    04-10 11:45:26.532  5323  5323 I EdXposed: Loading modules for com.suning.mobile.ebuy
    04-10 11:45:26.532  5323  5323 I EdXposed-Bridge: Loading modules from /data/app/~~hcjuv6HzQbZOKMB3ug7WSw==/eu.faircode.xlua-vNspZ6pSQTrjHf23gYkdcA==/base.apk
    04-10 11:45:26.572  5323  5323 I EdXposed-Bridge:   Loading class eu.faircode.xlua.XLua
    04-10 11:45:26.806  5359  5359 I EdXposed: Start to install inline hooks
    04-10 11:45:26.806  5359  5359 I EdXposed: Using api level 30
    04-10 11:45:26.806  5359  5359 I EdXposed: Start to install Riru hook
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed: error when hooking bindApp: pkg=com.suning.mobile.ebuy, prc=com.suning.mobile.ebuy
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed: java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: length=1052; index=1263817555
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at pxb.android.axml.AxmlParser.getNamespacePrefix(AxmlParser.java:151)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at pxb.android.axml.AxmlReader.accept(AxmlReader.java:80)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.elderdrivers.riru.edxp.util.MetaDataReader.<init>(MetaDataReader.java:27)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.elderdrivers.riru.edxp.util.MetaDataReader.getMetaData(MetaDataReader.java:19)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.elderdrivers.riru.edxp._hooker.impl.HandleBindApp.beforeHookedMethod(HandleBindApp.java:69)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at de.robv.android.xposed.XC_MethodHook.callBeforeHookedMethod(XC_MethodHook.java:51)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.swift.sandhook.xposedcompat.hookstub.HookStubManager.hookBridge(HookStubManager.java:361)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at SandHookerNew_42b8453bf7df105343083f1377c32094be493c49.hook(Unknown Source:51)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at android.app.ActivityThread.access$1300(ActivityThread.java:237)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1913)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:106)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:223)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:7660)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Native Method)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.android.internal.os.RuntimeInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(RuntimeInit.java:592)
    04-10 11:45:26.907  5323  5323 E EdXposed:     at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:947)
    04-10 11:45:26.935  5359  5359 I EdXposed: Riru hooks installed
    04-10 11:45:26.983  5359  5359 I EdXposed: ART hooks installed
    This is a bug in Riru.
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    XPrivacyLua

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    Really simple to use privacy manager for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later (successor of XPrivacy).

    Revoking Android permissions from apps often let apps crash or malfunction. XPrivacyLua solves this by feeding apps fake data instead of real data.

    Features:

    • Simple to use
    • Manage any user or system app
    • Extensible
    • Multi-user support
    • Free and open source

    See here for all details, including installation instructions and download link.

    Please read the frequently asked questions before asking a question.

    This XDA thread is about using the latest version of XPrivacyLua. Off topic comments are allowed as long they are related to XPrivacyLua and are in the general interest of the followers of this thread, but anything not related to privacy is not allowed. However:

    Discussions about Xposed are not allowed here, please use the Xposed forums instead.

    If XPrivacyLua doesn't work and/or when "module not running or updated" is shown, this is almost always caused by an Xposed problem.

    Discussions about purchases are not allowed here, please contact me via here instead.

    XPrivacyLua is being maintained and supported, but new features won't be added anymore.

    Custom hook definitions will always be part of XPrivacyLua, but there will be community support only. This means that I won't respond to questions about defining custom hooks anymore. See this thread for the reasons.

    If you value your privacy, please consider to support this project with a donation or by purchasing pro features.

    XPrivacyLua is not a permission manager, but a privacy manager. XPrivacyLua doesn't block things and doesn't revoke permissions, but does replace real data by fake data. This means you can grant Android permissions to an app and still let XPrivacyLua prevent the app from seeing privacy sensitive data. Revoking permissions can result in an app refusing to work and/or to crash. However, replacing real by fake data generally doesn't let an app crash.

    Currently restrictions are quite crude because they mostly replace real data by no data. For example restricting the contacts app from getting contacts will result in an empty contact list. In the near future it might be made possible to select the data an app may see, for example just one group of contacts.

    About feature requests and bug reports:

    The goal is to have a tool that can properly protect the privacy of many in the near future. However, it isn't paid work, so I do whatever I like whenever I like it.

    You can request features in this XDA forum. I will read them, but I will not respond to them and they might or might not be implemented. If I know for sure something will not be implemented, I will let you know.

    You can report any problem you have here. There will be no issue tracker on GitHub.

    For now I have decided to not implement restrictions that are useful to prevent tracking only. There are simply too many data items that can be used for tracking and it would take too much time to develop restrictions for all these data items.

    The basic idea is to restrict only things that 'define' you, so which contacts you have, where you are, which apps you use, etc.

    Maybe we can widen the definition of things that the core of XPL covers to "What defines you, and what can be used to spie on you"? This would include camera/audio, but not tracking.

    XPrivacyLua is pretty feature complete and will be maintained and supported and when there is a need new hook definitions will be added to better protect your privacy. For the rest this FAQ applies:

    https://github.com/M66B/XPrivacyLua/blob/master/FAQ.md#FAQ4

    As said before, development will also depend on Xposed development, which is just minimal unfortunately.

    XDA thanks and donations are appreciated.

    XPrivacyLua is supported with Xposed only. There is no support for VirtualXposed and TaiChi.


    XDA:DevDB Information
    XPrivacyLua, Xposed for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    M66B
    Source Code: https://github.com/M66B/XPrivacyLua

    Xposed Package Name: eu.faircode.xlua

    Version Information
    Status:
    Beta

    Created 2018-01-05
    Last Updated 2020-03-10
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    I have just released beta version 0.5 in the Xposed repository.

    The XPrivacyLua framework and user interface seems to be stable enough to call this a beta release.

    Besides several bug fixes and improvements two new restrictions were added:
    • Read account name, which mostly holds your e-mail address and will be replace by '[email protected]' when restricted
    • Read clipboard, which will be replaced by the text 'Private' when restricted

    Furthermore the ability to restrict Android system (be careful!) and to restrict system apps was added. It is possible to restrict all of these individually (XPrivacy could not do that).

    Be sure to take a look at the help page in the app again (use the ?-icon), since there were some useful hints added.

    If you appreciate what I am building here, please let me know by means of an XDA thanks and/or a donation, so that I don't get the feeling 'What am I doing this for?'.
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    I have just released alpha version 0.12 in the Xposed repository.

    This version has been redesigned for Android Oreo compatibility. The user interface and the restrictions work properly for me, but be aware that a lot has been changed on the inside ("it is bigger on the inside", lol), also for earlier Android versions. There is one thing I know of that needs improving and that is that the user interface might be updated too often with a lot of restrictions, which might cause delays and hangs. I will look into this tomorrow.

    This change was necessary, but it was a lot of work, so XDA thanks and donations are appreciated.
    56
    I have just released beta version 0.25 in the Xposed repository.

    Changelog:

    With this release XPrivacyLua restriction's can be compared with XPrivacy's. There are now over 100 restriction definitions!

    XDA thanks and donations are appreciated.
    53
    @CHEF-KOCH You have been given enough time to respond here. Now I just think it is pretty cowardly to write critical about XPrivacyLua, but not to tell what can actually be improved, especially because you were invited to do so.

    I still like to hear how XPrivacyLua can be improved, but I don't want to hear what is wrong with XPrivacyLua. You'll need to keep the scope of XPrivacyLua in mind (in short: privacy, not security), see the opening post and previous discussions about this for more information.

    Also, if you really know better, I like to see an original work from your hands to prove that. Actions speak louder than words.

    As it is now, you are discouraging one of the few people in the world who really did something substantial to improve privacy on Android. And don't go talking about VPNs, TOR, etc because your private information, like your contacts, will still leak.

    I also think you are pretty ungrateful for what I did so far.

    To others: if you see someone reference one of his blogs, please reference this comment in response.

    Edit: if you agree with this, please add an XDA thanks to this comment, so it will show up in the right column as a reference for others.
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