September 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
When the Moto X was released, many were upset to learn that despite Google’s positive influence during development, the device was still not truly open. And let’s be honest, there were never any false pretenses about the state of Motorola’s state of developer friendliness. However, it looks like master hacker and XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase has done it again.
Not too long ago, jcase created MotoRoot for the Droid lineup. This used the previously covered Android bug 9695860 to gain system user. Then, a symlink attack created by jcase himself was used to obtain root access. Today, however, a better solution has appeared.
Courtesy of jcase once again, PwnMyMoto begins by using bug 9695860 (just like its predecessor) to gain system user. It also uses the symlink attack featured in MotoRoot to gain root access. New to PwnMyMoto, however, is what happens next: After gaining root, a bootloader vulnerability is exploited, allowing for write protection on the /system partition to be bypassed. And in the process, the stock recovery is removed, preventing unwanted future OTAs from interfering with the rooted state.
Naturally, any unauthorized modification carries with it an inherent risk. However, if you wish to root, you must take these risks in order to free your device. To get started, head over to the linked threads below. Congrats to jcase on the great work once again!
[Many thanks to jcase for the tip!]
Not too long ago we talked a little bit about the Moto X and gave it a place here on the forums. While Motorola’s first real post-Google flagship may not have what it takes to win over the specification-frenzied techno-elite, its innovative software features have won the favor quite a few. This has lead to apps that emulate much of the functionality on other devices. However, the Moto X isn’t Motorola’s only high end phone.
Launching exclusively on Verizon in the US, the Motorola Droid Ultra (as well as the Droid Maxx) shares much of its internals with the flagship Moto X. They both carry the Motorola X8 Computing System, which is essentially a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, along with two low-voltage companion cores for additional processing. The Moto X and the Droid Ultra also share 2 GB of RAM, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 10 MP rear-facing camrea.
The Droid Ultra breaks free from its cousin device by offering a 5-inch AMOLED panel running at 720p with 294 ppi. It also features 16 GB of internal storage and a 2130 mAh fixed battery, all in a splash-resistant 7.2 mm enclosure that weighs just 137 grams.
Is the Droid Ultra your next phone, or are you holding out for the Moto X or HTC One on Verizon? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit the newly created Droid Ultra forum.