Motorola DROID X gets rooted

By on July 22, 2010 at 8:36 AM.

Motorola DROID X gets rooted

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All that hoopla about Motorola using e-fuse to brick DROID Xs seems like a thing of the past doesn’t it? Thanks to some serious Android noodling by a user named Birdman, the DROID X has been successfully rooted! In order to acquire root you have to follow a relatively simple twelve step process which is detailed in full over at droidxforums.com. Hit up the read link to give it a shot, and do let us know how you make out!

UPDATE: The original root was discovered by Alldroid.org, and is liked to here. More →

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HTC Incredible rooted

By on July 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM.

HTC Incredible rooted

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Yesterday, the folks over at unrEVOked released their “painless root and re-flash” kit for the HTC DROID Incredible. If you have an itching for the #, or just want to otherwise dominate your Incredible, hit up the read link to download the unrevoked^3 root kit.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

[Via DROID-Life] More →

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Apple iPhone 4 gets early userland jailbreak

By on June 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM.

Apple iPhone 4 gets early userland jailbreak

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It’s not like we didn’t expect this, but Apple’s latest handset has been jailbroken and root access has been achieved. This early stage jailbreak utilizes the userland jailbreak method and exploits a hole that has not been closed yet by Apple. Before you start dreaming of all the Cydia apps you can now install, the current jailbreezy contains remnants of Apple’s code and can not be released to the public. Also, Apple’s impending iOS 4.0.1 update may close the hole that is being used to gain root access. In the grand scheme of things, this achievement is really just a preliminary step in a several step process. Everyone will have to sit tight and wait while the devs behind the scenes work their magic on this latest OS from Apple, but we’re obviously thrilled at what’s to come. More →

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HTC Droid Incredible gets rooted

By on June 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM.

HTC Droid Incredible gets rooted

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Good news for all of the HTC Droid Incredible owners out there, as over the weekend the Android community finally managed to bring root access for the Incredible within reach of the masses. Although it was first rooted last week, the process was rather complicated and time consuming. But now everything has been refined to the point where it’s safe for just about anyone so long as they properly follow the instructions. If you fancy yourself more of a visual learner we’ve got a video tutorial waiting for you after the jump, but everyone else can just go straight to the Read link to grab all the necessary files and instructions.

[Via Android Central] More →

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DROID Incredible rooted

By on June 10, 2010 at 7:57 AM.

DROID Incredible rooted

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Hear ye, hear ye. HTC DROID Incredible owners with a hankering for the “#” rejoice, as the good folks over at Unrevoked have added Verizon’s latest Android offering to their rooting lineup. The Unrevoked site does warn:

“This hack is for power users only right now, and is not as simple as unrevoked is. We are working on expanding the race window.”

So be careful, and if you do decide to give your Incredible a good old fashion rootin’, do let us know how it goes in the comments.

[Via Engadget] More →

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Turn your EVO 4G into a free Wi-Fi hotspot

By on June 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM.

Turn your EVO 4G into a free Wi-Fi hotspot

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Sprint’s announcement that it was going to charge customers $30 per month to turn their EVO 4G into a Wi-Fi hotspot was met with a lot of criticism, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. A weekend update made the popular android-wifi-tether app now allows EVO owners to tether over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to your heart’s content. To use the app you’ll first need to root your EVO, but thanks to unrevoked, anyone can root their EVO in a matter of seconds. After you’ve obtained root access, simply download 2.0.2.pre14 and up. One major drawback of the app is that it does not include support for WPA/WAP2 encryption, but so long as you’re willing to place your trust in WEP you’re good to go. That is provided your EVOs Wi-Fi isn’t on the fritz.

[Via Android Police] More →

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Hackers urge all EVO 4G owners to root device citing security flaws

By on June 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM.

Hackers urge all EVO 4G owners to root device citing security flaws

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Remember how jubilant we all were the first time the EVO 4G was successfully rooted? Well we’re not smiling anymore. According to Matt Mastracci, one of the men responsible for the first successful root, customizations made to the UI at the request of Sprint have made the phone an easy target to a “whole suite of vulnerabilities” which “are so bad that an Android application could get access to [a user's personal] data with very little work.” As a temporary workaround, Mastracci suggests that EVO 4G owners root their device and is planning to release on Friday a “painless root” too dubbed unrevoked. Mastracci also said that if “Sprint gave users root access to their phone, he and the two hackers he is working with would “be sending these vulnerabilities straight to Sprint.” But until Sprint abandons its “anti-user approach”, Mastracci said he and his team would “hold the exploits close to our chest.”

[Via Electronista] More →

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Root for the EVO 4G released

By on June 3, 2010 at 1:55 PM.

Root for the EVO 4G released

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With one day to go before it hits stores shelves, the much talked about root for the HTC EVO 4G has been released to the public. All of the files needed to get the job done, along with a detailed tutorial, have been posted to the xda-developers forum, and by all accounts this works pretty darn well. Anyone planning to bring a laptop when you go shopping for your EVO? Just imagine the nerd cred you’d get for rooting your phone while walking out of the store!

[Via Android Central] More →

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HTC EVO 4G gets rooted before release

By on May 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM.

HTC EVO 4G gets rooted before release

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Just days after Google handed out an EVO 4G to every attendee of I/O 2010, a team of three hackers have managed to successfully root the phone with 11 days to spare. Details about how the root was achieved are being withheld, out of fear of a last minute patch, but that doesn’t mean that ranking members of the Android Army can’t get their freak on watching a YouTube video of the root at work. Click on through for the video.

Thanks, Salty! More →

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HTC Sense UI ported to the Motorola DROID as Android nerds weep with joy

By on March 22, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

HTC Sense UI ported to the Motorola DROID as Android nerds weep with joy

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Getting a bit sick of your Motorola DROID with its vanilla stylings? Well fear not (unless you’re afraid of a bit of warranty-voiding tinkering) because HTC’s Sense UI has been ported over to the DROID thanks to the work of AllDroid user Greek35T et al. Things are still very rough seeing as this build is about as alpha as a release can get, but so far most users have good things to say with this in mind. Of course not everyone will be willing to put up with some of the current quirks which include minor data glitches and the inability to make calls over 3G (data works, but voice requires 2G) or use Bluetooth and GPS, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through others on the internet, now does it? Hit up the read link for more details, instructions and files.

Thanks, Abby! More →

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Root access obtained for TELUS MILESTONE

By on March 12, 2010 at 4:10 PM.

Root access obtained for TELUS MILESTONE

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In our review of the TELUS MILESTONE we lamented Motorola’s decision to digitally sign the bootloader which makes rooting quite difficult. Thankfully, over the past couple of days there has been a lot progress within the Android community and root access for the TELUS MILESTONE has obtained by way of a Brazilian sbf. Sadly kernel access is still absent, but at this point we guess we should just be happy we’ve made it this far. Hit up the read link for a full set of instructions.

Thanks, Arjun! More →

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Barnes and Noble Nook gets rooted, innards exposed

By on December 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM.

Barnes and Noble Nook gets rooted, innards exposed

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We wish we were there to see the look of surprise on the face of the folks at nookdev when they disassembled the Nook and discovered that the customized Android 1.5 OS that powered the latest and greatest e-reader was stored on a removable microSD card. Doing what most great hackers would do, they popped out the SD card, inserted it into their Linux box and modified the system files to gain root access. With the system files now accessible and root access achieved, the sky is limit for this little e-reader. Web browser? Email? Tethering hack? While you are dreaming about all the cool things you could do on your Nook, hit the jump for some up close and personal images of the Nook with its covering removed. More →

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Second iPhone virus found, again targets jailbroken iPhones

By on November 12, 2009 at 6:39 PM.

Second iPhone virus found, again targets jailbroken iPhones

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Earlier this week, an Australian coder by the name of Ikee wrote an interesting iPhone worm targeting users with jailbroken iPhones — specifically those users who had not RTFM and changed their root password. The worm was programmed to scan the 3G IP ranges of the Telus, Optus, and Vodafone networks in Australia. Once a vulnerable iPhone was found, the exploit would change the wallpaper of said device to…Rick Astley. Respect. In an interview Ikee explains that his worm was designed as more of a warning shot than an attempt to compromise user data. Ikee had hoped users would be motivated to change their root password, which is set to “alpine” by default post-jailbreak, after seeing the consequences of a compromised root password. Fast forward to today, and a new anonymous coder has modified Ikee’s worm, and this new variant has less of that public service announcement feel to it. The modified strain, dubbed “iPhone/Privacy.A” by the online security firm Intego, is programmed to do several things: act silently and retrieve e-mail messages, SMS messages, calendar appointments, contacts, photos, music files, videos, along with any other data recorded by your iPhone apps. Currently details on where the worm is uploading the farmed data is scarce, and the threat of being infected is low. What’s our recommendation? If you have a jailbroken iPhone, change the root password. Maybe this is why Apple’s looking to secure their incredibly unsecure mobile operating system… More →

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