Huawei smartphones lose bootleg access to Google apps

Jamie McKane

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Huawei smartphones lose bootleg access to Google apps

One of Huawei Technologies Co.’s biggest trade war headaches has just gotten worse, as an unofficial workaround to the Trump administration ban on using Google apps and services has been quashed.

Security researcher John Wu published an illuminating post Tuesday that explained how users of Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro were able to manually download and install Google apps, despite a U.S. blacklisting that prohibits the Chinese company from using American components and software.

[Bloomberg]
 

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Lol bootleg access. Are we going back to using tapes now? Just install the Aurora store... https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.aurora.store/
what could go wrong?

Permissions
  • have full network access
    Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
  • run at startup
    Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
  • view network connections
    Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
  • modify or delete the contents of your SD card
    Allows the app to write to the SD card.
  • read the contents of your SD card
    Allows the app to read the contents of your SD card.
  • request install packages
    Allows an application to request installation of packages.
  • request delete packages
    Allows an application to request deletion of packages.
  • run foreground service
    Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
  • view Wi-Fi connections
    Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
Looks like it takes full admin privileges like LzPlay did.


By the way, there are reports that Google has shut down already installed Gapps on devices (using SafetyNet authentication), so even if you manage to install they could be blocked by Google.
 

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That's easy to see. App is open source...
Who cares it's open source? Look at the permissions you're giving the app.

Anyone who installs an app like that and then uses the phone for anything financial (or even email) is crazy.
 

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Who cares it's open source? Look at the permissions you're giving the app.

Anyone who installs an app like that and then uses the phone for anything financial (or even email) is crazy.
As long as it isn't Google, it is fine for him.
 

backstreetboy

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Who cares it's open source? Look at the permissions you're giving the app.

Anyone who installs an app like that and then uses the phone for anything financial (or even email) is crazy.
Lol
 
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