The future of Magisk was in question since its creator, John Wu, had signed with Google precisely to join the security team, with a conflict of interest more than possible with the functionalities of Magisk. Its creator has now claimed that Magisk is moving forward, but with changes.
Magisk will not die, although it will introduce some changes. The biggest change is that John Wu will stop developing MagiskHide, the module by which the system has been modified for the system or certain applications. In addition, the application module repository will be deleted.
Magisk has become one of the most popular tools for modifying Android phones, especially since it is one of the few that continues to be actively developed. With an operation similar to Xposed Framework, in Magisk you can load modules to modify the system, with the advantage that it is often possible to trick the system into not knowing that it has been modified.
After its creator started working in Google’s security team, it was predictable that he would be forced to stop updating Magisk due to a conflict of interest, but apparently Google gave him the green light to work on Magisk, with some fine print.
The biggest change is that MagiskHide, the module for cheating the system or specific applications, disappears, claiming that the system has not been modified. MagiskHide was used to continue using apps that require SafetyNet to run, such as Pokémon Go.
MagiskHide will remain only as a blacklist option to prevent Magisk changes from being applied to specific applications, but without any simulation. This, speaking of the official version of MagiskHide. Being an open source project, nothing prevents another developer from creating a similar module.
Other ongoing changes to Magisk are the demise of the Magisk Manager mods repository, as John Wu claims he doesn’t have time for moderation. Instead, a list of GitHub volunteers will be ordered and you will need to install the modules from their ZIP file downloaded to the mobile.
Finally, its author assures us that he would like to take things more seriously with Magisk, so it seems that instead of disappearing, we will have Magisk for a while, with the difference that, out of the box, it will not be able to trying to fool SafetyNet.
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