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Re: Applications can open up remote root access on G1 Phone
> Google Android applications on the T-Mobile G1 can spawn a telnetd
> that gives remote root access to your phone:
> This particular method needs user interaction, but a rogue Android app
> could easily run telnetd automatically. Android apps are not normally
> granted this sort of permission, and granting root is not supposed to
> even be possible.
I was mistaken. Turns out that init spawns a root shell on
/dev/console -- so everything you type automatically gets executed, as
root, as a command. This is just a bug and requires the user to
physically type at the keyboard. I don't think it could be exploited
automatically by an application.