Why is application blocked?

Why is application blocked?


We configured an Application Run Control profile which blacklists applications which contain the string "browser".

Bundle Identifier = %browser%

Application Name = %browser%


The application com.sec.android.app.sbrowser is correctly blocked (disappeared from device screen).

But why did the Chrome app also disappear?

Chrome Identifier: com.android.chrome

Chrome Application Name: Chrome


There is no string "browser", which could lead to this behaviour?

Any ideas? Thank you!

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Raymond Chan | posted this 03 May 2019

%browser% is not a wildcard for defining the blocking all apps that has "browser" as part of their bundle-ID's.   Instead, it refers to the default browser app on Android device.   


In the firmware of many Android devices released recently,  Chrome becomes the default browser and the web rendering engine inside(which should be an implementation of webkit) is shared between multiple default Google apps bundled with the device.  So, it is totally possible that multiple apps will not function properly if the apps holding the shared rendering engine is blacklisted.


To avoid problem,  use exact bundle-ID for each app, rather than using the macro %browser%.


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Simon Breuer | posted this 03 May 2019

Thank you very much!

I thought the % character means "wildcard". :)

Problem solved!   


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