By Stephen Schenck | August 25, 2011 1:32 PM
Some Android smartphones see procedures for obtaining root released within hours of the device’s retail availability, while others stubbornly resist giving up their superuser permissions. The Motorola Droid 3 has been out for over a month now, and so far has been falling into the latter category. That’s all changing now, though, with the release of a relatively simple technique for rooting the phone.
The exploit relies on how the Droid 3 sets up some directory permissions. By replacing one of those with a symbolic link to a higher-level directory, we can trick the phone into making that higher-level directory inherit the writable permissions of the subdirectory. Using ADB, you can issue the commands to pull off this directory sleight-of-hand, as well as make the needed modifications to the /data/local.prop file.
Users on the XDA-Developer forum have confirmed success in using the method to root their Droid 3s. Once you get root, there’s still some housekeeping you’ll want to tend to, like installing su, but it all looks quite easy to pull off. If you’ve got ADB installed and want to give it a shot on your own Droid 3, check out the full instructions in the source link below.