Stefan Stefan - 10 months ago 76
Android Question

Rooted but su says "Permission denied"

I have this "old" Lenovo A2107 tablet which I rooted years ago (using a download from, tho running its root.bat script by hand from my GNU/Linux machine) and that worked fine.

Then I passed this tablet to my daughter for a couple years, and now I got it back.

/system/bin/su is still present, still the same date and size, still mode "rwsr-sr-x", still the same firmware (Android 4.0.3) so all looks fine, but when I try to run it from a shell, it just tells me "Permission denied".

Any idea what might be going on? What I could try to do to track it down?

Answer Source

OK, for those curious to know, I figured out what it was: the /system/bin/su program either accepts the request as-is (depending on who asks) or passes the request to some other program (Superuser.apk).

As it turns out, I still have /system/bin/su but Superuser.apk was missing. Luckily, /system/bin/su worked fine from the "adb shell", even though it said "Permission denied" when used from ConnectBot and other terminal emulators. So I used "adb shell" to get root access and manually copied Superuser.apk into /system/apps.