Flash exploit enables root for latest Evo update

Although that latest OTA patch for the Evo 4G had some launching quirks, you can't deny that it brought some great things for our beloved Evo – better battery life, improved exchange sync support, and overall just a more stable system. There is one thing behind the curtains that not everyone’s aware of though, and that’s the fact that it completely crushed our precious root exploits. As to be expected, a lot of people were upset about this, and a $600 bounty was put up for whoever could crack the code. Luckily, the “leetest of the leet” over at XDA finally figured it out, and the path they took was somewhat of a surprise. Achieving root through a Flash cookie exploit has never been done before, so it marks yet another milestone hurdle the Evo clears. Fortunately enough for all noobs, the process isn’t really all that complicated. Just make sure you know your ADB’s. [XDA via DaringFireball]

Adam Sawyer
  • I really miss WebOS in this regard. You didn't have to "root" the Pre/Pixi, Just enter developer mode and WHAM, you have full access to everything. No computer needed. No "ROM's". No secret back doors. No breaking with every update. No running special junk every time you reboot. I wish the carriers would stop working so hard to prevent people from using their own devices the way they want to. Many of us have very valid and reasonable reasons for wanting root access (like to backup the system, or fix a horribly annoying UI issue). If it is OK for consumer-friendly root access to exist on Palm/WebOS/Pre/Sprint, then why is it so totally unacceptable on HTC/Android/Evo/Sprint?
  • Well, I can think of a couple of reasons. 1. Palm is a different company than HTC, Motorola, etc. Each company has it's own ideas of what's appropriate. 2. Palm had little choice. WebOS, feature for feature, was so far behind most of its competition opening it up was almost a necessity. 3. Developer mode really isn't the same as rooting. Yes, it opens up some capabilities, but not as much as rooting does. And even with developer mode, there are still huge limitations on what developers can do, because there are huge limitations in what the SDK provides.
  • I could agree with your #1 and #2, but developer mode *is* rooting. You have full root access on a WebOS phone. You can modify, patch, add, remove ANYTHING on the phone.. apps, kernel, system files, etc. I am not sure how you can be more unlimited than that.
  • AndroidCentral's been getting scooped on all their stores lately...I read this over 6 hours ago on another site (no names). That's been happening a lot lately. You need to hire those new writers pronto.
  • It's true, but on the other hand, where can you get ALL the Android news like this in one place?
  • True comment
  • "Just make sure you know your ADB’s." ... clever clever
  • So what's the best way to learn my ADBs?
  • For me, just try it. The video is very well done, but the location of the files are a bit hazy for PC36 and recovery. A search over at the forums will make it easier to find. This was my first attempt at rooting and it was very easy thanks to the video.
  • Just curious. Weren't the PC36 and recovery files both linked for download in the instructions? Or were they broken? Just wondering because I was basically, mentally running the steps in my head but went so far as to download the files suggested in the links. Other than that, at the end of your rooting, what ROM did you flash? I hear people having issues with all these different named ROMs, ones I assume that have tried to tweak aspects of the OS. but I read there is a straight up, seemingly stock version of 1.47.651.1 that has root access in it. If I do root, I'd want to just stick with that.
  • So how do I reroot my evo after the ota update???
  • take battery out, hold down volume up and down buttons at same time and put battery back in !!!! recovery mode accessed thank me,