Reset Flash Counter on Verizon Galaxy S III
Despite the best efforts from OEMs, developers at XDA always seem to find a way to hack devices in such a way that the OEMs don’t know about it. Samsung’s method of tracking who flashes what and how many times is the flash counter, which goes up every time something is flashed via Download Mode. For many devices including the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, there are ways to reset the counter and make it look as though no flashes have occurred.
Drawing inspiration from a post in AdamOutler’s bootloader unlocking thread, XDA Forum Member enderblue has figured out the ADB commands required to change the flash counter.
So far, this has only been tested on the Verizon Galaxy S III, but could be used on any Galaxy S III with only a few modifications based on the partition set up. The commands required are:
echo -n ‘\x01′ | dd obs=1 count=1 seek=4193796 of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
The variable x00 being the operative thing to pay attention to. While this can be used to reset the flash counter to zero, users could also have a little bit of fun and make the flash counter whatever they want it to be. Given the number of numbers with symbolic value, it’s not all that bad of an idea. Who wouldn’t want to have their flash counter stuck at 42.
To learn more, head over to the original thread.
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