Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2012 at 09:00 pm

CF-Root Released for the International Samsung Galaxy S III I9300

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has done it yet again. After being the first to root the device (sight-unseen, no less), Chainfire has released his nearly ubiquitous CF-Root for the device.

For the uninitiated, CF-Root isn’t a complete ROM, nor does it pretend to be. Rather, it is arguably the simplest entry point to superuser status on your mobile device. Geared towards those wanting to remain as close to stock as possible, flashing CF-Root replaces your original Samsung kernel with a rooted variant. In addition to substituting in a rooted kernel, CF-Root also features CWM Manager and the ported version of ClockworkMod Recovery we covered earlier.

According to Chainfire himself:

CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock Samsung firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root.

What’s installed
– Root: SuperSU
– Recovery: ClockWorkMod
– Util: CWM Manager

Kernel

Unlike CF-Root for some other devices, this iteration of CF-Root does not include a custom kernel. Your kernel remains the stock kernel, and thus goodies like insecure adbd (ro.secure=0), custom boot scripts, and custom boot animations are not supported.

Root – SuperSU
The root permission management app installed by CF-Root is SuperSU. This will allow your apps to gain root (superuser) access.

Recovery – ClockWorkMod (CWM)
A custom CWM 5.5 build is included in CF-Root, taken from this thread. This provides for the ability to install custom ROMs, and do nandroid (full device) backups and restores.

Util – CWM Manager
My management application for CWM is also installed, see the recovery thread linked above for further details. It allows you to command CWM (install a ROM, make/restore backups, etc) from normally booted Android.

Installation is incredibly simple. Simply use ODIN to flash the CF-Root package, and you’re good to go. Afterwards, you can use the newly updated TriangleAway, at least while it still works.

Continue on to the release thread to get started!


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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