A new root access management app has just been released over at Google Play which is developed by Koushik Dutta, the same person responsible for bringing to us apps such as Carbon ROM Manager and ClockworkMod custom recovery. What sets this app apart from other root access management apps is that it is completely open source.
Dutta in an explanation as to why he made the app open source said that any root access management app should be open for independent security analysis and that closed source apps is not security. Superuser has the distinction of being AOSP buildable so that developers can easily integrate it in their custom ROMs.
Superuser can now be downloaded over at Google Play for free. You will need a device running on at least Android 2.2 and a storage space of 1.5 MB.
This app is an alternative to the closed source SuperSu and comes with a variety of features which are listed below.
- Multiuser support
- Open Source
- Pin protection
- Manifest permission support
- Per app configuration
- Request timeout
- Proper Tablet UX
Because this app is open source anyone can examine and scrutinize the source code for any vulnerability. This improves the overall security of the Android platform since it can easily be reported to the developer and get fixed.
Koush has listed several reasons as to why you should be using this app. Some of the most popular reasons is that it’s free, it’s open source, it can easily be updated, and can handle multiusers properly.
Superuser is already merged with CyanogenMod and is included in the nightlies starting today.