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KNOX-Friendly Root for Multiple Galaxy Note 3 Variants
The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s latest phablet and part of their ever expanding Note line. Improving upon its predecessor in practically every way, the device is a true powerhouse and wonderful productivity tool. Rooting the Note 3 has been possible for some time, and our own XDA TV Producer TK even created a video guide on how to do this recently. However, doing so would trigger Samsung’s KNOX.
Now thanks to some clever work by XDA Recognized Developer designgears, along with some help from Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire and an “anonymous source” that provided “some hook ups,” Knox-friendly root has been achieved.
Root de la Vega, named after AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega, was originally meant for the AT&T variant of the device. Now, however, this supports the SM-N900W8, the SM-N9000Q, and SM-N9005, with the N900W8 and N9005 both being confirmed as working and the N9000Q not yet working.
With this package, you can achieve root on the stock firmware and revert to an older firmware without tripping the KNOX flags. Root will survive a factory reset, and as of the recently released version 2.3, you can now use the Xposed Framework on this device.
It is very important to note that while rooting and downgrading the stock firmware in this manner does not trigger KNOX, flashing a custom recovery will trigger it. Furthermore, rooting will make the system report as custom and display an unlocked lock on your initial lock screen. However, this can be removed by installing Xposed Framework and the Wanam Xposed module, and enabling Security Hacks -> Fake System Status.
Head over to the release thread to get started.
Update: Senior Member kal87 has reported that this also works with the N900V (Verizon variant).
[Many, many thanks to RavenY2K3 for the tip!]
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