How to Block Lucky Patcher & Patching Tools in Android Apps

Last updated January 8, 2023 by Appdome

Learn to Block Lucky Patcher in Android apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.

What is Lucky Patcher?

Lucky Patcher is a free ‘app modifier’ app used for cheating in Android mobile games. Although there are both root and no-root versions of Lucky Patcher, the more powerful hacking/modding functions require root access or Rooting Android.  On rooted devices, Lucky Patcher enables more powerful functions, such as the ability to bypass in-app purchases, obtain special game powers, disable ads in mobile games, or turn off licensing verification to play premium games for free.

Why Block Lucky Patcher in Android Apps?

Lucky Patcher is harmful to mobile games and game developers for several reasons. For one, gamers/hackers can use Lucky Patcher to bypass license validation and/or disable mobile advertising – the two primary revenue sources for most mobile games. In addition, blocking Lucky Patcher preserves the integrity of the game and prevents attrition from non-cheaters who are frustrated by the growing number of players who use tools like Lucky Patcher to gain advantages at the expense of honest players. Appdome’s Root Detection feature allows app developers to quickly and easily protect apps against Rooting, by blocking apps such as Lucky Patcher that rely on Android rooting and root cloaking in order to enable the more powerful cheating features.

Blocking Lucky Patcher on Android apps by Using Appdome

On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending Android Apps that Block Lucky Patcher 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 feature: Root Prevention.

    1. Building Root Prevention by using Appdome’s DEV-API:

      1. Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Root Prevention feature as shown below:
      2. fusion set that contains Root Prevention

        Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Root Prevention 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 Root Prevention feature via Appdome Console, to add the Root Prevention 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 Root Prevention feature via Appdome Console

      To build the Root Prevention protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.

      1. Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > OS Integrity section
      2. How: Toggle (turn ON) Root Prevention, as shown below.
        If needed, Customize the Threat Notification to be displayed to the mobile end-user in a standard OS dialog notification when Appdome Blocks Lucky Patcher. Root Prevention option

        Figure 3: Block Lucky Patcher option
        Note: The App Compromise Notification contains an easy to follow default remediation path for the mobile app end user. You can customize this message as required to achieve brand specific support, workflow or other messaging.

      3. When you select the Root Prevention you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Root Prevention

        Fusion Set applied Root Prevention

        Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Root Prevention protection

      4. Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
    Congratulations!  The Root Prevention protection is now added to the mobile app
  3. Certify the Root Prevention feature in Android Apps.

    After building Root Prevention, Appdome generates a Certified Secure™ certificate to guarantee that the Root Prevention protection has been added and is protecting the app. To verify that the Root Prevention protection has been added to the mobile app, locate the protection in the Certified Secure™ certificate as shown below: Root Prevention 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 Root Prevention has been added to each Android app. Certified Secure provides instant and in-line DevSecOps compliance certification that Root Prevention and other mobile app security features are in each build of the mobile app

Prerequisites to Using Root Prevention:

To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Block Lucky Patcher , you’ll need:

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Apps by using Root Prevention. 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 Root Prevention

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.

Features Similar to Root Prevention

Here are a few related resources:

Jailbreaking Prevention

Rooting Android 

Prevent Jailbreak Bypass and Jailbreak Hiding 

 

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