Thursday, August 9, 2012
Naver's Line app need root permissions?
Posted by SBS
Naver's Line app is extremely popular in Japan. It was partly responsible for NTT Docomo network troubles that resulted in punitive, temporary pay cuts for CEO Yamada and other top executives.
Now we've got a report of the Line app asking for root permission. There is no reason whatsoever that this app should do that, and you should never grant it that privilege - or any app that doesn't specifically need it, which are typically system utilities. Apps that need root to function correctly are firewalls, CPU over/under clockers, application backup tools, etc.
This of course only affects people who have have a rooted device. [Note that this screenshot shows the newer SuperSU is installed, rather than Superuser.]
Has anyone else noticed this behavior?