Galaxy S 4 Bootloader Attack Already Teased


Yesterday, we got confirmation that the bootloader on the AT&T Galaxy S 4 was locked, and rumors suggested similar fates for the phone on other carriers. While not everyone is even going to care about a thing like a locked bootloader, those of you who love tricking-out your phones with custom ROMs were no doubt a little bummed. That’s why we’re glad to see that progress is already being made to free these phones from their chains, with evidence arriving of a bootloader hack.

Noted Android hacker Dan Rosenberg posted the above picture to his Twitter account, which sure enough, appears to show that he’s compromised the bootloader’s integrity. While it’s not mentioned in that tweet, other sites report hearing from their contacts that this attack could be possible on “all locked versions” of the GS4.

Now, we still don’t know how close this exploit might be towards becoming an easy-to-use tool ready for public distribution, or even if that’s what Rosenberg has in mind for his work, but dang it if this doesn’t have us cautiously optimistic for the future of development work on the Galaxy S 4.

Source: Dan Rosenberg (Twitter)
Via: Droid-life

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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