Niantic Labs’ cat-and-mouse recreation with Pokémon Go cheaters has led to many situations of harmless gamers being locked out of the sport. Just a few months in the past, house owners of some Xiaomi units had their accounts suspended for no fault of their very own, and now Niantic is seemingly cracking down on gamers with customized recoveries put in.
Customized restoration partitions permit you to flash customized ROMs, set up root, make full system backups, and carry out different capabilities. Whereas they might theoretically be used for dishonest, Pokémon Go is now blocking gamers if customized recoveries are detected in any respect, in accordance to some stories on Reddit and Twitter.
Supply: Kieron Quinn (Twitter)
The examine appears to have been added within the latest v0.167.zero replace, and includes looking the interior storage of your telephone for directories named ‘TWRP’ (similar to the TeamWin Restoration Mission restoration) or ‘Fox’ (the folder for OrangeFox restoration). I wasn’t in a position to duplicate this myself on a OnePlus 7 Professional by creating these folders manually, however the block may very well be a part of a server-side part that hasn’t extensively rolled out.
Apparently, Pokémon Go would not even ask for the exterior storage permission to examine for the TWRP folder. Kieron Quinn identified on Twitter that the sport is probably going utilizing a bug in Android that permits apps to examine if directories are current with out being granted storage permission.
Would Scoped Storage truly stop this? PoGo does this with out READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE by abusing a bug in ls, so it is not even utilizing the present permissions accurately.
I feel the bug bought patched anyway did not it?
— Kieron Quinn (@Quinny898) February 17, 2020
It has not been patched, not less than on Oxygen OS Android 10 (storage permission denied)
Should run some assessments to see if it nonetheless works on an app with Scoped Storage. pic.twitter.com/njDgIOaI0I
— Kieron Quinn (@Quinny898) February 18, 2020
For the report, Scoped Storage would stop bugs like this from working in any respect, since apps would not have entry to your telephone’s root listing. There are nonetheless only some stories of gamers being blocked on this method, however even one ban for merely having a customized restoration put in is simply too many.