How to Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Android in Android Games

Last updated August 11, 2022 by Appdome

Learn to Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device in Android apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.

What is GameGuardian?

GameGuardian is a powerful game cheating/ hacking/ alteration tool (also known as a cheat engine) for Android. It is an Android app that is used for modifying, hacking, and cheating in mobile games primarily by editing the memory of a live mobile game. Using GameGuardian, hackers can perform modifications such as altering in-game money/coins, changing the app/game’s internal clock to gain a relative advantage against other players, modifying or bypassing in-app purchases, and bypassing licensing checks.
While GameGuardian partially functions inside a virtual space, with apps such as Parallel Spaces, it works best on rooted devices. In addition, GameGuardian’s sophisticated root hiding and root cloaking features work even better on rooted devices, as GameGuardian operates with a higher level of privilege than most detection mechanisms and can therefore evade detection.

How does Appdome Detect the Presence of GameGuardian on a Rooted Device ?

To detect and block GameGuardian on rooted devices, even when GameGuardian is using root privileges to hide itself, Appdome requests root access for itself through an app permission request to the mobile user. If the permission request is approved, Appdome will use the root access it has been granted in order to detect and block GameGuardian; if the user denies the permission request, a different Threat Event will be sent (UserDeniedRootRequest).

Detecting Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device on Android apps by Using Appdome

On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending Android Apps that Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device without an SDK or gateway:

  1. Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.

    1. Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System

    2. Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
    3. Android Formats: .apk or .aab
  2. Build the Protection: Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device.

    1. Building Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device by using Appdome’s DEV-API:

      1. Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature as shown below:
      2. fusion set that contains Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device

        Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature
        Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).

      3. Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature via Appdome Console, to add the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature to this Fusion Set.

      4. Open the Fusion Set Detail Summary by clicking the “...” symbol on the far-right corner of the Fusion Set, as shown in Figure 1 above, and get the Fusion Set ID from the Fusion Set Detail Summary (as shown below): fusion Set Detail Summary image

        Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
        Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).

      5. Follow the instructions below to use the Fusion Set ID inside any standard mobile DevOps or CI/CD toolkit like Bitrise, App Center, Jenkins, Travis, Team City, Cirlce CI or other system:
        1. Build an API for the app – for instructions, see the tasks under Appdome API Reference Guide
        2. Look for sample APIs in Appdome’s GitHub Repository
    2. Building the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature via Appdome Console

      To build the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.

      1. Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Anti Fraud Tab > Mobile Cheat Prevention section
      2. How: Toggle (turn ON) Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device, as shown below. Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device option

        Figure 3: Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device option

      3. When you select the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device

        Fusion Set applied Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device

        Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device protection

      4. Select the Threat-Event™ in-app mobile Threat Defense and Intelligence policy for Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device:
        1. Threat-Events™ OFF > In-App Defense

          If the Threat-Events™ setting is cleared (not selected). Appdome will detect and defend the user and app by enforcing Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device.

        2. Threat-Events™ ON > In-App Detection

          When this setting is used, Appdome detects that GameGuardian is running on a rooted device and passes Appdome’s Threat-Event™ attack intelligence to the app’s business logic for processing, enforcement, and user notification. For more information on consuming and using Appdome Threat-Events™ in the app, see section Using Threat-Events™ for Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device Intelligence and Control in Mobile Apps.

        3. Threat-Events™ ON > In-App Defense

          When this setting is used, Appdome detects and defends against Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device (same as Appdome Enforce) and passes Appdome’s Threat-Event™ attack intelligence the app’s business logic for processing. For more information on consuming and using Appdome Threat-Events™ in the app, see section Using Threat-Events™ for Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device Intelligence and Control in Mobile Apps.

      5. Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
    Congratulations!  The Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device protection is now added to the mobile app
  3. Certify the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device feature in Android Apps.

    After building Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device, Appdome generates a Certified Secure™ certificate to guarantee that the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device protection has been added and is protecting the app. To verify that the Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device protection has been added to the mobile app, locate the protection in the Certified Secure™ certificate as shown below: Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device shown in Certificate secure

    Figure 5: Certified Secure™ certificate

    Each Certified Secure™ certificate provides DevOps and DevSecOps organizations the entire workflow summary, audit trail of each build, and proof of protection that Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device has been added to each Android app. Certified Secure provides instant and in-line DevSecOps compliance certification that Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device and other mobile app security features are in each build of the mobile app

Using Threat-Events™ for Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device Intelligence and Control in Android Apps

Appdome Threat-Events™ provides consumable in-app mobile app attack intelligence and defense control when Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device is detected. To consume and use Threat-Events™ for Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device in Android Apps, use registerReceiver in the Application OnCreate, and the code samples for Threat-Events™ for Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device shown below.

The specifications and options for Threat-Events™ for Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device are:

Threat-Event™ Elements Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device Method Detail
Appdome Feature Name Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device
Threat-Event Mode
OFF, IN-APP DEFENSE Appdome detects, defends and notifies user (standard OS dialog) using customizable messaging.
ON, IN-APP DETECTON Appdome detects the attack or threat and passes the event in a standard format to the app for processing (app chooses how and when to enforce).
ON, IN-APP DEFENSE Uses Appdome Enforce mode for any attack or threat and passes the event in a standard format to the app for processing (gather intel on attacks and threats without losing any protection).
Certified Secure™ Threat Event Check
Visible in ThreatScope™
Developer Parameters for Detecting Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device Threat-Event™
Threat-Event NAME UserDeniedRootRequest
Threat-Event DATA reasonData
Threat-Event CODE reasonCode
Threat-Event REF 6915
Threat-Event SCORE
currentThreatEventScore Current Threat-Event score
threatEventsScore Total Threat-events score
Threat-Event Context Keys
messageMessage displayed for the user on event
externalIDThe external ID of the event which can be listened via Threat Events
osVersionOS version of the current device
deviceModelCurrent device model
deviceManufacturerThe manufacturer of the current device
fusedAppTokenThe task ID of the Appdome fusion of the currently running app
kernelInfoInfo about the kernel: system name, node name, release, version and machine.
carrierPlmnPLMN of the device
deviceIDCurrent device ID
reasonCodeReason code of the occured event
buildDateAppdome fusion date of the current application
devicePlatformOS name of the current device
carrierNameCarrier name of the current device
updatedOSVersionIs the OS version up to date
deviceBrandBrand of the device
deviceBoardBoard of the device
buildUserBuild user
buildHostBuild host
sdkVersionSdk version
timeZoneTime zone
deviceFaceDownIs the device face down
locationLongLocation long
locationLatLocation lat
locationStateLocation state
wifiSsidWifi SSID
wifiSsidPermissionStatusWifi SSID permission status

With Threat-Events™ enabled (turned ON), Android developers can get detailed attack intelligence and granular defense control in Android applications and create amazing user experiences for all mobile end users when Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device is detected.

The following is a code sample for native Android apps, which uses all values in the specification above for Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device:

Prerequisites to Using Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device:

To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Detect Game Guardian on a Rooted Android device , you’ll need:

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Apps by using Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device. There is no SDK and no library to code or implement in the app and no gateway to deploy in your network. All protections are built into each app and the resulting app is self-defending and self-protecting.

Releasing and Publishing Mobile Apps with Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device

After successfully securing your app by using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:

All apps protected by Appdome are fully compatible with any public app store, including Apple App Store, Google Play, Huawei App Gallery and more.

Protections Similar to Detect GameGuardian on Rooted Device

Here are a few related resources:

How to Block GameGuardian, Prevent Android Game Cheating

How to Block Speed Hacking, Prevent Mobile Game Cheating

How to Block Jailbreak Bypass Tools in iOS Apps

Rooting Android 

Prevent Jailbreak Bypass and Jailbreak Hiding 

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