Threats mobile app device

May 15, 2024

Understanding Magisk v27 and Build38’s approach to its threat



Understanding Magisk v27 and Build38’s approach to its threat

Mobile app development is not merely about creating functional software; it’s also about ensuring the security and integrity of the applications. In the field of Android development, the prevalence of rooting tools like Magisk v27 poses significant challenges to app security. However, with the security solutions like Build38’s, companies now have an ally in their fight against such threats. In this article we will look into Magisk’s latest version to fully understand its threat and how Build38’s security infrastructure detects and reacts to the presence of Magisk v27 on a device.

Introduction to rooting and jailbreaking

Rooting and jailbreaking are operations that allow users to gain privileged access to the operating system of their mobile devices. For Android devices this process is referred to as rooting and iOS devices, jailbreaking. When a device is rooted users can bypass manufacturer restrictions, customise their device’s software, and access features and functionalities which would be otherwise unavailable.

However, these practices also pose significant security risks. By gaining root or jailbreak access, users expose their devices to potential malware infections, as malicious apps can exploit the elevated privileges to access sensitive data, compromise system integrity, and undermine device security. Additionally, rooting and jailbreaking often involve disabling built-in security mechanisms, leaving devices vulnerable to various cyber threats and reducing their overall security.

Therefore, while rooting and jailbreaking offer increased customization and control, users must weigh these benefits against the security implicationsand be cautious when modifying their devices.

The concept of rooting is intrinsically linked to Magisk v27. Magisk v27, a popular rooting framework, provides users with extensive capabilities to modify their devices’ software although as mentioned above it also introduces vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited.


Understanding Magisk v27

Magisk v27 stands out as a powerful tool for rooting Android devices while maintaining system integrity. Unlike traditional rooting methods that modify system files directly, Magisk employs a “systemless” approach. This means that it doesn’t alter the core system files, making it harder to detect and bypass security measures like Google’s SafetyNet. With Magisk, users can have root access without sacrificing the ability to use certain apps that may detect and block rooted devices.


Key features of Magisk v27

Magisk v27 introduces several noteworthy features aimed at enhancing user experience and compatibility. These include a new code injection mechanism, support for the latest Android versions and devices, and improved policy configuration. Additionally, Magisk v27 supports compressing the init process, making it installable on devices with limited boot partition space. Among its key features is MagiskHide which has an added layer of security and at the same time, allows bypassing the SafetyNet checks.

magiskv27 - Build38


Build38’s protection against Magisk v27

Build38’s new SDK version 2.16 is equipped with updated security measures designed to detect and react to threats posed by Magisk v27. Build38 offers mobile app developers comprehensive protection against potential exploits associated with rooted Android devices. Through its innovative cloud-based security capabilities, Build38 provides proactive defence mechanisms to safeguard mobile apps from unauthorised access and manipulation.

Build38’s enhanced security features that go beyond traditional app hardening techniques. By leveraging a combination of in-app self-defence mechanisms and cloud-based threat intelligence, Build38 offers advanced protection against security threats targeting rooted Android devices. These enhancements include real-time runtime environment verification, active hardening server capabilities, and machine learning-driven threat analysis.


Detection of Magisk v27

One of the key strengths of Build38’s security infrastructure lies in its ability to detect the presence of Magisk v27 on a device. Through continuous monitoring of the app environment and device binding information, Build38’s runtime environment verification service can identify instances where an app is running on a rooted device. Upon detection, Build38 autonomously initiates countermeasures to mitigate the associated security risks, ensuring the integrity of the app ecosystem.


Let Build38’s fully Integrated solution protect your mobile app against Magisk v27

Rooting tools like Magisk v27 present both challenges and opportunities for developers. However, with solutions like Build38’s, developers can secure their applications against potential threats, ensuring the safety and security of their users’ data. By leveraging advanced security technologies and proactive defence mechanisms, companies can stay one step ahead in the ongoing battle against mobile app vulnerabilities.

Reach out to us and schedule a consultation with our qualified experts specialised in mobile app security to learn more about the latest version of our SDK.


Related posts

Discover the next generation 
of mobile app security