[ROM][Unofficial][11.0][microG][signed]hardened LineageOS 18.1 Oneplus 7T Pro

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Silverf

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That shows me, that you seem to have "replaced" the default.prop file via Magisk (either itself or through a module).
This property controls the download location for the updater app, if a different location than default LineageOS is used (like in my ROM).

As manually updating also works, I recommend you to go that path, as you need your specific Magisk setup.
I'll try to manually update then. I've installed Magisk cause it's the only way I've found to get all the cameras to work.
Thank you;
 

kamien8

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Happy New Year!

I've been using your middle November '21 version of LineageOS. A few days ago information about possible update appeared.

Is it safe to download it and install (as on attached screens)?
If yes, there is an option to automatically update recovery. Should it be on or off?
 

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Thanks - likewise :)

I've been using your middle November '21 version of LineageOS. A few days ago information about possible update appeared.

Is it safe to download it and install (as on attached screens)?
Yes, you can make use of the Updater app - the offered Update originates to my build updates.
If you prefer to update manually, please feel free to choose this approach (details see OP).

If yes, there is an option to automatically update recovery. Should it be on or off?
On devices with A/B partition, like the 7T Pro, the option to update recovery is forcefully activated and you can't deactivate. Nevertheless, the ROM zip has been designed in a way not to overwrite the recovery.
 
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Dragos1221

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Hi @MSe1969 , I'm using your ROM and I want to say is very good. Best alternative for those who don't want to use gapps in their ROMs. But when Lineage OS 19 will come?
 

bestouff

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Hi guys, long time no see.
I have at last updated @MSe1969 's 17 rom to 18.1 ! I used SeedVault for restoring my apps+data, and well .. it was a complete disaster. No app data has been restored, I'm still dealing with the fallouts and manually restoring/resetting what I can. Anyway, thanks for this ROM @MSe1969 I'm still quite happy with it.
 

bestouff

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I have one more question. Is there a way to get rid with this ugly screen when an unlocked device starts? On my Moto G5 I have fastbooted an additional .img file and now I have a mountains drawing.
I dunno, I simply have set a background photo from the launcher menu, chosen "homescreen + launcher" (or something like that, it was in French) when asked, and now the locked phone (after power-on, so before decryption) shows the correct background.
 

bestouff

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Well, something has gone wrong. I recommend a clean fresh install, because i used to use 17.1 and 18.1 and i have never had a bluetooth prob.
Greetz, stay fresh
I had some problems just yesterday while trying to pair my car's stereo to my phone; I needed several attempts with several variations to finally succeed.
 
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New build with January 2022 ASB patches

Hi all,
a new build is available, and offered via the Updater app:
  • Security string 2022-01-05
  • Some kernel patches
  • A couple of patches and fixes from LineageOS
This time, fairly late - caused by my personal/professional workload on the one-hand side, and a LineageOS commit (which was finally reversed by the LineageOS folks), which has caused corruption on my /data partition giving me the ultimate "pleasure" having for format my /data partition... (and trying to find out why my device wasn't booting any longer, when applying the ASB patches) - well all sorted out now and learned something new.

Happy flashing,
Regards M.
 

ewong3

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did firmware update to 11.0.5.1 after the latest build and now status shows cross in phone connection, and some phone/comms apps now crash as well, wondered whether the update should not have been done, or is it a matter of order (ie firmware before build update)?
 
did firmware update to 11.0.5.1 after the latest build and now status shows cross in phone connection, and some phone/comms apps now crash as well, wondered whether the update should not have been done, or is it a matter of order (ie firmware before build update)?
The latest build (January 22) is based on latest firmware, but it also works w/o issue on previous firmware. I updated the build first and then the firmware.
 

Thetimelost

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Hey ! I have a question about captival portal, do you have some issues with it ? I try at my work it work I can login, after it said that it want to give me a ip adress and then it reset. He log me off and I need to reconnect (with new login because there is limitiation at work). I have tried to change the captival provider and dns private but nothing help :/
 

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    thanks dev for the great work... all working fine.

    often when performing aurora updates, one gets google play services install errror 'conflicting package exists', wondering if anyone has seen this and how to get round it?

    looking at apkmirror, the one in aurora is already the latest non-beta version of gps, presumably this is an aurora issue, but just wanted to see if there is quick solution given this error happens on this rom on this phone for me...
    Don't "update" Google Play Services! This ROM comes with microG, which spoofs the existence of G* play services, but you can't "update" those, and in fact you don't really want to (if you understand the technical background).

    EDIT: See also FAQ section in OP
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    New build with May 2022 ASB patches available
    Hi all, a new build with the May 2022 ASB patches is available for download and also offered by the Updater app:
    • Security string 2022-05-05
    • Some kernel patches
    • Bromite Browser and Webview on 101.0.4951.53
    • microG updated to 0.2.24.214816-10
    • Mozilla Location provider on 1.5.0
    Happy flashing,
    regards, M.
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    Don't "update" Google Play Services! This ROM comes with microG
    In Aurora you can long press on "Play Services" and choose add it in the blacklist. This way you're sure you won't upgrade it by mistake.
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    Limited use. I needed it recently reinstalling some apps & data from my 3T to the 7Tpro using TitaniumBackup. I do like to use "root explorer" file apps from time to time.

    Just as you wrote - you will need to extract the boot.img after every update, patch it with magisk and 'fastboot boot' it from your computer. It takes about 5 minutes, I had summed it up here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...eos-17-1-oneplus-7t-pro.4222945/post-84420175
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    Just as you wrote - you will need to extract the boot.img after every update, patch it with magisk and 'fastboot boot' it from your computer. It takes about 5 minutes, I had summed it up here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...eos-17-1-oneplus-7t-pro.4222945/post-84420175
    Thanks for the info.
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    This thread is dedicated to provide hardened Lineage-OS 18.1 builds with microG included for the OnePlus 7T Pro (hotdog) with current security patches.
    You can consider this thread as the successor of my respective LineageOS 17.1 thread.

    Features of this ROM

    Download here

    • Pre-installed microG like LineageOS for microG project (own fork)
    • Pre-installed AuroraStore, AuroraDroid and AuroraServices
    • OTA Support
    • eSpeakTTS engine
    • Bromite as default browser
    • Additional security hardening features listed below:
    • Cloudflare as default DNS (instead of Google)
    • Privacy-preferred default settings
    • Optional blocking of Facebook- and Google-Tracking (Settings - Network & Internet)
    • Optional disable captive portal detection or choose from various providers (default is GrapheneOS and not Google; Settings - Network & Internet)
    • Firewall UI (under Trust)
    • Increased max. password length of 64
    • No submission of IMSI/phone number to Google when GPS is in use
    • Default hosts file with many blocked ad/tracking sites
    • Privacy-enhanced Bromite SystemWebView
    • Extra control of sensor access for additionally installed user apps (Special access under app permissions)
    • Kernel kept up to date with ASB patches of Google kernel/common 'android-4.14-q-release' branch
    • Debloated from Oneplus blobs for Soter and IFAA
    • Hardened bionic lib and constified JNI method tables
    • Option to only use fingerprint unlock for apps and not for the device
    • Optional timeout for Bluetooth and WLAN connections
    • Per connection WiFi randomization option

    Current release levels

    Security string: 2022-05-05
    AOSP tag: 11.0.0_r46
    Bromite System Webview: M101


    Source-code and build instructions

    Kernel: https://github.com/lin18-microg/android_kernel_oneplus_sm8150/tree/lin-18.1-mse2
    Build manifest: https://github.com/lin18-microg/local_manifests/tree/lin-18.1-hmalloc


    Installation Instructions​


    YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE SOLELY YOURSELF FOR ANY ACTIONS YOU DO WITH YOUR DEVICE !!!
    Please note - I won't explain any single aspect (e.g. how to install 'fastboot' on your PC or troubleshoot USB connectivity issues under Windows). Search the net and consult the search engine of your choice or look here in XDA, there is plenty of information available.

    Pre-Requisites​

    • Have fastboot and adb installed on your PC and make sure, you can connect via USB to your device in fastboot mode and via adb
    • An unlocked bootloader (see e.g. LineageOS install instructions)
    • If you come from Stock ROM, make sure to upgrade your device to the latest offered software version
    • Know, how to boot into fastboot mode (with powered off device press [Power]+[Vol.down]+[Vol.up])

    Please read carefully:​

    I refer in general to the LineageOS install instructions, but there are some deviations!
    It is recommended to really go through the instructions once, before doing anything. You have been warned.

    Let's go!​

    Install the dedicated Lineage recovery for this ROM​

    For the Oneplus 7T Pro (hotdog), there is currently no official TWRP available! The misc. unofficial TWRPs did not work for me. (If you can point me to a properly working one, I'll be glad to update these instructions)
    Please download the specific Lineage revocery for this build. It has been built using this ROM's signing key, because the official Lineage recovery did not work either for me (the official Lineage recovery works with the official build, this one works for this specific build).
    Unzip and flash this specific recovery with the below commands (your device must be in 'fastboot mode'):
    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery_a lineage-18.1-recovery-20210903.img
    fastboot flash recovery_b lineage-18.1-recovery-20210903.img
    Reboot now into recovery from fastboot (follow the menu options) - DO NOT boot into your OS yet.

    If you come from Stock ROM, synchronize the a/b partitions​

    If you come from Stock ROM, sideload the "copy partitions" script referred and described in the LineageOS install instructions.
    Please note, that you may get error messages stating
    Partition product_b dd: /dev/block/dm-1: write error: No space left on device Partition vendor_b dd: /dev/block/dm-2: write error: No space left on device
    You can ignore those, as long as it is product or vendor.

    Upgrade the firmware​

    Please refer to the LineageOS documentation on upgrading the firmware
    BTW, this thread contains a huge collection of OOS images.

    Install the ROM​

    Continue as described in the LineageOS installation instructions with formatting /data and sideloading the ROM ZIP (download link above).
    It is normal, that you observe at 47% progress a longer break, followed by a step 1/2 and finally 2/2 before a success message appears.
    Please note: Even if you come from my previous hardened LineageOS 17.1 ROM, you can't "dirty-flash" - the device encryption is not compatible. You must format the /data partition! Please keep in mind, that formatting the /data partition also wipes the shared internal memory - backup first!

    DO NOT flash Gapps!
    This ROM comes with pre-installed microG. So don't attempt to flash Gapps.
    If Gapps is a 'must' for you, please use the official LineageOS build for this device.


    Update Instructions​


    This ROM offers OTA updates through the Updater app. Therefore, normally, no further activities necessary.
    You can however also manually update the ROM by sideloading a newer version of this ROM via recovery.
    IMPORTANT:
    If you would like to manually update by sideloading the ROM, you need to first flash the linked recovery image (see install instructions) again via fastboot!
    Recovery is always updated when flashing a new ROM version, and that updated recovery can't sideload this ROM version.


    Frequently asked Questions​


    These questions come from various threads for my hardened microG ROMs. I have listed them here, because they also apply to this ROM and are hopefully helpful.

    1. AuroraStore
    I bundle AuroraStore with my build, but I am in no way associated with its development. The first place to look for support is the AuroraStore XDA thread and its excellent FAQ Section. Nevertheless, I would like to answer some frequently asked questions in conjunction to my ROM:

    Q: AuroraStore offers an update to "Google play services" - I thought your ROM is "Google-free"?
    A: The bundled microG application spoofs the existence of Google play services. This is a necessary part of microG's design. In AuroraStore, please add the Play Services to the ignore list. You won't be able to "update" them anyhow, but better do not even try to do so!

    Q: I can't connect, Aurora claims "no network" - but I can normally use my browser and other apps to connect to the internet.
    A: If the "iptables block script" of my ROM is active, try to deactivating and immediately after re-activating it.
    If that does not help or you don't use the iptables block script of tis ROM, you may try to force-close the app or logoff/logon again. However, the Aurora support thread will be your primary point to look at!


    2. Google/Facebook iptables blocking
    Q: How does the Google/Facebook blocking work?
    A: Via the 'iptables'/'ip6tables' functionality of the Linux layer of Android, the ip4/ip6 address range of Google and Facebook is blocked on a per app base (in fact, it is generally blocked, but some apps on an internal exception list are still allowed to connect). This means, that apps (or spyware components thereof) cannot send/receive data to/from Google/Facebook. Btw, certain connections to X-mode and Palantir are also blocked, but I am not sure, whether this is enough - any qualified information to improve this are very welcome!

    Q: I like this Google/Facebook blocking approach, but my favourite <xyz> app needs to be able to connect to Google/Facebook. Can you please add this app to your exception list?
    A: Please read this comprehensive information. In short: If you have a trustworthy FOSS project aiming at connecting to Google/Facebook via Webview as 'mobile browser' with (almost) no permissions or you have a tracker-free app to connect to a proprietary service, which simply is hosted on a Google webspace, I am happy to discuss this, but I will definitely not allow any "Playstore top ten genuine spyware app".

    Q: Which apps are on your exception list?
    A: see here

    Q: But if Google is blocked for almost every app, can I still get push messages?
    A: Yes, you can! Push messages are routed and controlled through the microG functionality, which stil can connect to Google.


    3. etc/hosts ad blocking
    Q: What is the etc/hosts ad-blocking and how does it work?
    A: I deliver a monthly-updated /system/etc/hosts file from the AdAway app which lists a comprehensive selection of known ad/spyware addresses. Any attempt to connect to those sites is redirected to the local OS, so a positive connection is reported, but no content is transmitted. (See linked explanation).

    Q: Which anti-tracker lists do you use?
    A: The same defaulted by the AdAway app, plus in addition Microsoft's 'Hockey Stick' stuff.

    4. Firewall UI
    Q: What is the Firewall UI and how does it work?
    A: Under Settings - Data privacy - Trust, you'll find a list of all installed apps (optionally, you can also show the shipped system apps), which lets you control - per app - whether the app can connect via WiFi, Mobile data or VPN. In fact, you can in any LineageOS individually control this in the app details (Settings), this option simply gives you a comprehensive view for all apps.

    Q: How do I use it? What are the typical use-cases:
    A: It of course depends on your specific requirement, but below some very typical use-cases:
    a. Disallow internet access completely (uncheck WiFi, mobile data and VPN)
    This might be useful for an app, which does not need internet access to work, but uses internet access to e.g. nag you with ad-crap (some games on the play store, for example)
    b. Make sure, that an app only uses WiFi (in order to avoid costs when using mobile data) - uncheck mobile data
    c. Make sure, that an app only has internet, when connected via VPN - uncheck WiFi and mobile data

    5. Privacy features / data privacy of this ROM
    Q: Does this ROM protect my privacy by design/default?
    A: First of all, you will never get any "auto-protection" without having to take care, what you do!
    What this ROM provides to you in addition to an "official" LineageOS:
    • This ROM comes with microG, to avoid the necessity of having to flash the Google apps, with the "mother of all spyware" called Google Play services. So many apps with that dependency would still work, either fully, or with their core-functionality, but without "extra Google convenience" features.
    • You can optionally block Google/Facbebook connections, which can add a further protecion layer (see the specific FAQ section about that feature)
    • Many nasty ad-servers, which are embedded into shady apps or websites are blocked by default
    • Some hardening measures known from the GrapheneOS project have been added
    HOWEVER - just some examples, how you can easily screw up any privacy gain (this list is by far not even near to comprehensive):
    • You still CAN install all kinds of shady apps and use privacy-ignoring services. If you e.g. install the genuine Facebook or Instagram app, the majority of your private data on your phone will be immediately uploaded to Facebook servers, as those apps even refuse to start, if you do not grant all the sensitive permissions! (Note: Yes, afterwards, when your data has already been stolen, you can revoke those permissions again. And yes, Whatsapp seems maybe 'slightly' better in this regard, but if you really believe, that WA isn't fully integrated into the FB ecosystem, you must be living on another planet).
    • If you use the Microsoft Outlook app to connect to any "non-Microsoft" e-mail provider, your logon credentials to that other mail provider are stored on Microsoft servers factually allowing Microsoft to steal your identity. Using Microsoft e-mail services or GMail discloses all your e-mails to automated scanning for "suspicious activities"; this has nothing to do with your phone, but outlines, how you can void even the most secure device by making use of privacy-ignoring services.
    • Making use of Genuine Google-apps with microG also isn't a good idea - make use of alternatives.
    • Any app, which you install on your device, could misuse its needed privileges! So try to stick to FOSS apps.
    • And last, but not least, if you are a 'dissident' or fear otherwise any targeted or comprehensive surveillance, this ROM isn't for you either...



    Dealing with signed builds​

    Please note, that this builds is signed with an own key. When you come from a different build, you cannot directly "dirty-flash" this build. You have to perform a "clean flash".


    Bug reports:​

    If you have a problem, please create a post with these informations:
    Original Kernel shipped with this rom:
    Build Date:
    And try to get log as described here
    Please note that I can't and won't support issues with builds using a different kernel or Xposed.
    In regards to microG, I will try my best to help when it is related to this ROM (I use it myself), but any questions of the type "the YXZ-app can't do <some sort of fancy xyz Google functionality> properly" are better asked in the respective microG forums.

    Credits​

    AOSP project
    LineageOS project
    microG project
    Graphene OS project
    csagan5 (Bromite)
    WhyOrean (Aurora)
    SkewedZeppelin (Kernel patches)
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    New build with April ASB patches

    A new build with April 2022 ASB patches is available for download and also offered via the Updater app:
    • Security string 2022-04-05
    • Some kernel patches
    • Bromite Browser and Webview on 100.0.4896.57
    Happy flashing - cheers, M.
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    thanks dev for the great work... all working fine.

    often when performing aurora updates, one gets google play services install errror 'conflicting package exists', wondering if anyone has seen this and how to get round it?

    looking at apkmirror, the one in aurora is already the latest non-beta version of gps, presumably this is an aurora issue, but just wanted to see if there is quick solution given this error happens on this rom on this phone for me...
    Don't "update" Google Play Services! This ROM comes with microG, which spoofs the existence of G* play services, but you can't "update" those, and in fact you don't really want to (if you understand the technical background).

    EDIT: See also FAQ section in OP
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    Security Hardening Features - Details

    1. Pre-installed microG

    same as the LineageOS for microG project

    2. Pre-installed AuroraStore and AuroraDroid
    works w/o having to enable the "unknown sources feature"

    3. Extra control of sensor access for additionally installed user apps
    Special access under app permissions

    4. Cloudflare (instead of Google) default DNS
    Cloudflare DNS has a better privacy policy than Google Public DNS and has DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS. In the deafult DNS settings (as fallback) and network diagnostics, the Cloudflare DNS adresses 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 are specified as defaults (instead of Google's 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4)

    5. Privacy-preferred default settings
    When newly installed, the below settings are defaulted, different from standard LineageOS 17.1 (all settings can be changed at any time later - credits go to the GrapheneOS project):
    • Anonymous LineageOS statistics disabled (proposal during Setup)
    • The standard browsing app does not get the location runtime permission automatically assigned
    • Sensitive information is hidden on the lock screen
    • Camera app: Location tagging disabled by default
    Further, when a lock screen protection is set (PIN, pattern, password), the Nfc, Hotspot and airplane mode tiles require authentication and cannot be set without

    6. Optional blocking of Facebook- and Google-Tracking
    Settings => Network & Internet (scroll down)
    When activated, outgoing connection attempts to Facebook servers and to Google servers will be suppressed. Certain apps on an internal exception list will still be able to connect (e.g. AuroraStore, microG, or NewPipe, if installed)

    7. Optional disable captive portal detection and to select Captive portal server URL provider
    Settings => Network & Internet (scroll down)
    When deactivated, the system will not ping a specific Google server any longer when establishing a WiFi connection to determine, whether a captive portal is being used. Further, the captive portal URL provider can be set (default is GrapheneOS and not Google; Settings - Network & Internet)

    8. No submission of IMSI or phone number to Google when GPS is in use
    GPS also works fine, if no SIM card is present, so there obviously is no benefit for the phone holder (different from other involved parties :rolleyes:) to provide this data . . .

    9. Default hosts file with many blocked ad/tracking sites
    The system's hosts file redirects a comprehensive list of URLs known to be adware, tracking, etc. to 127.0.0.1 (ipv4) and ::1 (ipv6)

    10. Privacy-enhanced Bromite SystemWebView
    Instead of the default Chromium System Webview component, the Bromite SystemWebView is used offering more privacy, more ad blocking and less Google tracking.

    11. Bromite as shipped Browser
    A chromium based browser with many privacy features.

    12. Firewall UI
    Settings => Privacy - Firewall
    Lists all apps and allows to restrict Internet access per app in regards to WiFi, mobile network or VPN
    This per-app feature is a standard feature in LineageOS, but the UI to show all apps is an Extra (taken from a topic in LineageOS's Gerrit - it may, or may not, become part of the official LineageOS one day)

    13. Maximum password length increased to 64

    14. Debloated from Oneplus blobs for Soter and IFAA
    Unnecessary privacy intrusive vendor blobs are not included in the build

    15. Hardened bionic lib and constified JNI method tables
    This has been taken over from GrapheneOS

    16. Option to only use fingerprint unlock for apps and not for the device
    An option in the fingerprint settings, also taken from GrapheneOS

    17. Optional timeout for Bluetooth and WLAN connections
    See respective settings, also a GrapheneOS feature

    18. Per connection WiFi randomization option
    A further GrapheneOS feature - improved randomization to make tracking more difficult.
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    New build with December 2021 ASB patches

    Hi all,
    a new build is available, and also offered via the Updater app:

    • Security string 2021-12-05
    • Bromite System Webview and Browser updated to 96.0.4664.54
    • microG 0.22.214516-21
    • Some kernel patches
    Happy flashing,
    Regards M.