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jerdog · Dec 17, 2012

Dangerous Exynos 4 Security Hole Demoed and Plugged by Chainfire

We recently told you about the Exynos4 security hole found by XDA Member alephzain. This is a security hole in the kernel that allows malicious code full access to all physical memory. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire would have none of it, and not only pointed out the security hole by creating an app that roots your device without ODIN, but also provided a way to plug it. His application, aptly named ExynosAbuse APK, gains root privileges via the ExynosAbuse exploit and...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 11, 2012

Big Android BBQ 2012: Interviews and Silliness! – XDA Developer TV

A little over a month ago, the Big Android BBQ event happened and XDA was in attendance. XDA Developer TV Producer Erica was there with her camera, recording all things exciting and interesting. After sifting through hundreds of hours of video, Erica presents a video detailing all the fun at the Big Android BBQ. Erica interviews many people including, XDA Elite Recognized Developer supercurio, Recognized Developer and AOKP creator Roman Birg, Creator of Awesomeness Tha Phlash, Recognized Developer and creator of...

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jerdog · Dec 5, 2012

New Nexus Devices Receive CF-Auto-Root Treatment

Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Google has released a few new devices (Nexus 4 and Nexus 10), as well as a refresh to the Nexus 7. What makes this different from previous Nexus releases is that there are two new manufacturers added to the mix with Asus (Nexus 7) and LG (Nexus 4) joining Samsung (Nexus 10 as well as Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) and HTC (Nexus One). We recently told you about...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 23, 2012

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Camera – Series Part 3 – XDA Developer TV

In this third part of our four-part series, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Camera with Odin, Elite Recognized Developer ChainFire's CF-AutoRoot, and a PC. Before this episode, AdamOutler submitted a recovery to Chainfire to be CF-AutoRooted.  AdamOutler shows how easy CF-AutoRoot is to use. In this episode, AdamOutler gives you a list of reasons why you would want to root your Galaxy Camera. He then gives you the step-by-step process for rooting...

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jerdog · Nov 12, 2012

CF-Auto-Root Brings Automatic Rooting to Almost 50 Devices

If you're anything like I am, as soon as I get a new device I have already spent hours researching what ROMs are available, the status of the bootloader (read: no HTC for me), and the availability of a proven root method. Seeing as the last 4 devices I have owned have been Samsung, there's really only one option when it comes to rooting a Samsung device, and that is CF-Root from XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. After logging over...

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jerdog · Nov 7, 2012

Chainfire Drops Some Superuser Knowledge

When you say "superuser" some might make the mental jump to an image of Superman flying around with a computer strapped to his back and a keyboard in hand to ward off the hacking attempts of mere mortals; others might jump to an image of Wonder Dog helping Wendy and Marvin fight the super villains; and still others will wonder if you're referring to the latest culinary creation down at the corner of 8th & Sixth in NYC. Regardless, it evokes imagery...

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jerdog · Oct 23, 2012

BigAndroidBBQ XDA Session Roundup: The Future of Android Development

On Saturday, October 20, I moderated "The Future of Android Development" with a panel of XDA Recognized Developers consisting of: Elite Recognized Developer Supercurio Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512 Recognized Developer Agrabren Recognized Developer and Retired Moderator Decad3nce Elite Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire The session was attended by over 100 people, with standing room only. At one point there were over 130 people listening to some of our developers discuss their projects, what excites them about Android development, and what they see as the...

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jerdog · Oct 16, 2012

Galaxy Note 2 Feels the Love from CF-Root

Having amassed almost 8 million downloads for its different device iterations in just over a year, CF-Root is a phenomenon in the Android development arena; and it's not even a cheesy game! With versions available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy S III, it's a venerable cornucopia of options. And with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire adds another device to the fold. The current iteration of CF-Root for the...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 15, 2012

More Devices, More Love, No Triangles – Triangle Away Reaches v2.05

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know what Triangle Away is. If you don’t, Triangle Away is a way to reset the flash counter on Samsung devices. That’s right. In their infinite wisdom, Samsung decided to keep track of the number of times you flash custom firmware to your device. Obstinately, this is to allow them to deny warranties and blame the hardware issues on unauthorized firmware. The logic seems flawed with the solid firmware available on...

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jerdog · Oct 13, 2012

PerfMon Floats Your Device’s Performance on Screen

In the course of developing an application, or even looking at deploying a new kernel or ROM, it is often necessary to benchmark your changes and see what effect your efforts yield. No one should deploy something that gives your users a negative experience. XDA Elite Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire feels the same way, so has added a new application to his repertoire: PerfMon. PerfMon is a "floating" performance tool, which operates as an overlay to your existing application. It will...

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Former Writer · Oct 3, 2012

Decrease Compile Times with Fast AAPT

There are many of elements that go into compiling any source code. Not only are there various files that need to be compiled, but multiple processes are used to compile them. Sometimes, those processes aren't always as fast or optimized as they could be. One such example is is AAPT---which stands for Android Asset Packaging Tool. It's commonly used in compiling Android applications. While compiling some applications like DSLR Controller, XDA Elite Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire noticed that...

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jerdog · Aug 16, 2012

Triangle Away Updated to Support New Devices

That last thing you want to hear when submitting your device for a warranty repair is, "You rooted your device and broke the warranty so I can't help you. Enjoy your bricked device!" The tech in the store or at the repair center rarely knows exactly what was done, but they tend to pay attention to the status of your bootloader and if you have a rooted device and/or custom firmware. In the case of newer Samsung devices, after flashing...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 2, 2012

Keep the Triangle Away with TriangleAway – XDA Developer TV

Here at XDA Developers, we love to flash our devices to our hearts content. However, Samsung has introduced a kernel flash counter that keeps track of custom kernel flashes. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire then created an app to reset the counter and make the triangle go away. Chainfire has adapted that to many devices. In this video our buddy TK reviews the application. He reviews what features he likes and talks about the application. He discusses Chainfire’s back and forth...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2012

Samsung Diligently Working Towards HardBrick Fix

By now, you've undoubtedly heard about the Samsung HardBrick bug that has reared its ugly head on various Samsung Exynos 4210-based devices including but not limited to the Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Epic 4G Touch, AT&T Galaxy S II, and the Korean SHW-M250S/K/L. In fact, we recently featured an app made by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire aimed at determining your particular device's risk for hard brick. Samsung is aware of the issue, which was first noted by Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512, and is in the final stages of delivering...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 8, 2012

This Week in Development: The Chainfire Block – XDA TV

Expert news summarizer Jordan returns for today’s episode of This Week in Development. Jordan talks about Microsoft’s on{X} Quick Look and Tutorial. Jordan mentions another XDA Portal news article about a beginner's app creation tutorial---Hola Mundo! Jordan then covers the deluge of XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's latest developments, from CF-Root being Released for the International Samsung Galaxy S III I9300, to Possibly the Final Release of TriangleAway for the Samsung Galaxy S III and International Note, to Mobile ODIN...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 8, 2012

Run ADB in Root Mode with ADBD Insecure

We are all undoubtedly aware of adb. In fact, most of us use it quite often in order to execute commands on our mobile devices from the comfort of our computers. It allows you to do this such as push and pull files on the device, retrieve logcats to send to your favorite dev when your kernel causes a bootloop, reboot to recovery or bootloader, and many other useful things. It is also the core of most one-click root methods....

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Will Verduzco · Jun 7, 2012

Mobile ODIN Updated for the Samsung Galaxy S III I9300

Back in November of last year, we took a quick look at Mobile ODIN by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. Later in February of this year, the app was updated to version 2.0, which added an impressive number of supported devices. Now, the app has been updated once more to support even more devices, including the device that is seemingly on everybody's mind---the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300. For the uninitiated, Mobile ODIN does as its name implies and serves as an on-device...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2012

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2012

Determine Your Device’s Hard Brick Risk with Got Brickbug

By now, we're all familiar with the hard brick bug that's plagued various Samsung when updating to leaked builds of ICS. The bug has shown up on various Samsung Exynos 4210-based devices including the Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Epic 4G Touch, AT&T Galaxy S II, and the Korean SHW-M250S/K/L. However, as we quickly found out, not all eMMC revisions were equally afflicted. Instead, the 0x19 revision was highlighted as known bad, whereas the 0x25 is thought to be safe. Revisions between 0x19 and 0x25 are...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 5, 2012

TriangleAway Updated for the Samsung Galaxy S III and International Note, Possibly Final Release

Those familiar with TriangleAway by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire will take comfort in knowing that the app has been updated to add compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the International Galaxy Note. For those unfamiliar with the app, it does as its name implies by removing the triangle and resetting the flash counter on your device. Let's backtrack for a minute and find out exactly why the app had to be updated, and what made this time...

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