bootloader cracked

The locked and encrypted bootloader on several popular Motorola phones has been exploited, but OMAP powered phones need not apply

If you're using a Droid RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Atrix HD, or RAZR M here's a potentially good piece of news -- researcher Dan Rosenberg has found a method to unlock the bootloader of your device. He's not yet released the method, but testers have shown results (like the one above) and given Rosenberg's past work with Motorola devices we've no doubt this is legitimate and should be ready for public consumption shortly.

For the bad news -- if your device has an OMAP processor, like the Bionic or the OG RAZR / MAXX, this isn't going to work for you. Those devices use a different security method which has so far remained uncracked.

We do know a little about today's exploit. You have to be rooted of course, and users are advised to not take the 4.1.2 OTA for the RAZR HD if they haven't yet. Expect more when the methods get released, in the meantime head to the forums and discuss.



Reader comments

Bootloaders have been unlocked on the Droid RAZR HD, Atrix HD, RAZR M


That is really good news, I never would have expected it! I have been waiting for this for a long time. My hope was that Google would make this possible.

This is kind of news that would make me consider buying another Motorola device.
The CLIQ XT made me swear off buying another Motorola device years ago.

Now my search for an HD Maxx will increase, hard to find locally on CL and they are holding their value too. Now time to wait for some popular ROMs. May finally leave my Nexus.