Why Mobile Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Root

One of my talks at RSA 2014 tried to convince attendees that they shouldn’t fear root on mobile. The talk, while lightly attended, seemed well received. Max Eddy of PCMag did a nice write up on it entitled Phones Can’t Be Trusted, Security Needs Root in Mobile. Abbreviated “history” of root access It’s funny if you think about the history of privilege on computer systems (this is a broad generalization of computer history).