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KingoRoot is software intended to provide root access on smartphonestablet computers, etc. running all versions of the Android operating system from 4.1.2,[1] available since 2013.[2] There is another very similar Android application with the same purpose, KingRoot[3] launched at about the same time; the two very similarly-named applications are often confused.

KingoRoot was used in an exploit by ZNIU along with the DirtyCow exploit in September 2017 to gain root access.[4][5]

KingoRoot was banned from the XDA Developers forum along with vRoot in November 2013 due to concerns with the information collected by the app during the rooting process.[6]

Reviews[edit source]

CNET gave Kingo Android Root 3.5 out of 5 stars, [7] and Rick Broida, a CNET editor, says the KingoRoot app “makes rooting a one-click affair”, while noting that it does not work for all devices.[8]

Digital Trends said that using an app is “one of the easiest ways to root your Android device”, and included KingoRoot in its list of most reliable rooting apps.[9]

A long thread on the respected xda-developers Web site concluded, with detailed information and links, that the similarly named app KingRoot should be considered adware and malware, although it is often successful in gaining root access.[10]

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References[edit source]

  1. ^ “KingoRoot for Android, the best One Click Root Tool/APK for free”KingoRoot. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  2. ^ “Root Android phone, flash custom ROM and manage your Android devices, Rooting Freeware Download”Kingo, archived on 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24.
  3. ^ “KingRoot Apk v5.3.7 Download For Android”MineRev. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. ^ “Dirty COW Now Being Abused on Android by ZNIU”xda-developers. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Osborne, Charlie. “Dirty Cow vulnerability discovered in Android malware campaign for the first time”ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  6. ^ “KingoApp”XDA Developers. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ “Review from CNET”.
  8. ^ Rick Broida (June 3, 2016). “How to easily root an Android device”CNET.
  9. ^ “How to Root Your Android Phone”. Digital Trends.
  10. ^ “KingRoot Malware / Adware root !!”xda-developers. 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2020.