For all Android Rooting fanboys out there, Magisk Manager, the ‘main tool’ for rooting Android smartphones just got updated to version 8.0. Developer topjohnwu took to his Twitter that he has completed his work on the next version of Magisk (and Manager), which brings in support for Android 11, some new features and redesign to the Manager.
For all of those unfamiliar with Magisk, this is a simple tool that makes rooting an Android smartphone as easy as downloading and installing Google Chrome on a new Windows Machine. The developer, topjohnwu, has worked on a flashable zip that roots Android by using recovery like TWRP. Users can also install modules (device-specific) for more customization.
Magisk v8.0 and Maganer v21.0: Features and Changelog
The new version brings a much-awaited redesign to the Manager app and support for Android 11 devices. Though some users are reporting issues with Android 11. Also, there’s no official support for Mediatek devices running Android 11, for now. You can visit this link to download Magisk v21.0 and this link to download the Manager. Here’s the official changelog
- [General] Support Android 11 🎉
- [General] Add Safe Mode detection. Disable all modules when the device is booting into Safe Mode.
- [General] Increase post-fs-data mode timeout from 10 seconds to 40 seconds
- Rewritten 2SI support from scratch
- Support when no /sbin folder exists (Android 11)
- Dump fstab from device-tree to rootfs and force init to use it for 2SI devices
- Strip out AVB for 2SI as it may cause bootloop
- [Modules] Rewritten module mounting logic from scratch
- For Android 8.0+, a completely new policy setup is used. This reduces compromises in Android’s sandbox, providing more policy isolation and better security for root users.
- Isolated mount namespace will now first inherit from parent process, then isolate itself from the world
- Update communication protocol with Magisk Manager to work with the hardened SELinux setup
- Optimize match all rules. This will significantly reduce policy binary size and save memory and improve general kernel performance.
- Support declaring new types and attributes
- Make policy statement closer to stock *.te format. Please check updated documentation or magiskpolicy –help for more details.
- Support compressed extra blobs
- Pad boot images to original size with zeros
- Manipulate additional vendor properties
- 100% full app rewrite! Will highlight functional changes below.
- Add detailed device info in home screen to assist user installation
- Support Magisk v21.0 communication protocol
- Support patching modern Samsung AP.tar
In case you face any issue, you can file an official bug report on the project’s Github page.