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DROID Bootloader Accepts a New Challenger, Progress Already Made?

After months of attempts from some of the industry’s best, the DROID X bootloader and stock kernel remain in tact.  While there are ways to tip-toe around it, we have never actually had full access to the phone and have always approached ROMs on the device with extra caution.  Today though, it looks like a new challenger has accepted the task and claims to have made some actual progress using kexec in an attempt write over the stock DX kernel.  What is kexec?  With my lack of linux knowledge, I’m not about to attack that one, but do know that it’s a way for someone to boot a new kernel over a currently running one.

Will it finally be done?  I have no idea, but I wish this brave soul the best of luck.

You can follow him on Twitter:  @aliasxerog

You can also check his new site dedicated to the task, plus look for mirrors of his first attempt later on today.  From what I’ve gathered, his first attempts at flashing a new kernel were semi-successful, but are completely unstable and needs help from the community to make this thing work.

Good luck!

  • Lspiros

    When does the Bionic become avaiable

  • Lspiros

    when does the bionic come out

  • Tissue

    The milestone community is also trying to break the bootloader (albeit using a more direct method) by cracking the 1024bit rsa key via BOINC. Though this may or may not be useful to those using DXes or D2s, and it’s probably going to take extremely long, we do appreciate any help that we can get. =)

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=921013
    http://androinc.net/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis
  • jasons_waxxx

    Could you imagine…… Cyanogenmod on the DroidX???
    I sure can, and have been…and will continue to think about how much better the DroidX will become once the Bootloader is conquered. :D

  • jasons_waxxx

    Could you imagine…… Cyanogenmod on the DroidX???
    I sure can, and have been…and will continue to think about how much better the DroidX will become once the Bootloader is conquered. :D

    • Djspikezz

      In the meantime, try Darkslide 4.2… Im highly disappointed in Droid-Life.com for not mentioning this ROM for Droid X. It’s by far better then the rest at this point.

  • desicrator

    Should start a prize for who ever unlocks the bootloader. Like from donations from community. To should Motorola just how much we want it unlocked

    • Djspikezz

      Call it the “Nobel Unlocked Bootloader Prize” or somthing lolz…. I like the idea of a cash pot for the first to do it successfully but am very distrusting on who the person who be to control the pot of cash for the winner.. I’m sure there are ways to do it. I think it would be an extremely rewarding motivator to GET IT DONE!

  • The350zWolf

    Man, I read about the undertaking and the challenge is daunting 8^O Good luck! I think that it will be easier to just send in a spy into moto and get that signature file from the locked vault.

  • Anonymous

    So I’m thinking that once Moto’s newest flagship phone comes out, they should just go ahead and make all of us rooted users happy and unlock our phones. I mean come on, for us stuck on the phone for a while, what’s the harm if others are buying their new products?

  • Anonymous

    I have been quietly working on this for some time now.. looks like I need to speeds it up!

    • Djspikezz

      Like I said, I’ll make a personal donation of $40 to the one who finaly Nukes the locked bootloader!

      You’ll be a LEGEND to all the droid users out there that love having control.

      • Anonymous

        While I’m sure it’ll be done, I am a rather a novice. Have been slowly and steadily going after it.

      • Fromusofa

        Moto Bootloader —Where no man has gone before… ;-)

  • Djspikezz

    The FIRST PERSON TO FINALLY UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER WILL BE LEGENDARY!!!

    I’ll make a personal donation of $40 personally to the one who does it!

  • UFISH2

    Thank you aliasX….Lots of people would enjoy being able to really mod our X’s with your work and custom rom’s so good luck to you…and thanks again for the effort..:)

  • Chris Nimon

    That would be EPIC in the Android world. I’d put it up with the dual cores at the very least.

  • Palmercurling

    So yeah; the module works, but no drivers exist. Contact aliasxerog if you are handy in that field- driver porting, ect. Mirrors and install instructions will be up on my site this evening; the average rooted user probably doesn’t need to install this just yet, however. Glad to see people really do care!
    -PalmerCurling

  • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

    Motorola really sucks ass. They make such great hardware but then ruin it with the bootloader for us. What happened to the user having control? Isn’t that basically what is so great about Android? Moto you fail and we WILL bring you down.

    • Up2bcrazy

      From internal word traveling on VZW’s end I’ve gotten give it time and you can start complaining about all the mfgs and not just Moto.

      • Anonymous

        Our devices shouldn’t be locked down. Normal users will come around eventually and the unlocked models will get the business. That or we’ll all just get wifi only devices and stop getting raped by carriers. A data plan and smart phone isn’t mandatory and if they think they can hold us over a barrel they’re wrong.

        • Fromusofa

          I have a Blackberry Bold 9700 from Rogers Canada and a Moto Defy from T-Mobile USA both rooted and running on cutom ROMs and with no data plans on either…they are depending mainly on Wi-Fi netowrks. Canada is the most expensive country in the world in terms of data plans on mobile devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540142964 Josh Santos

    Finally there’s hope

  • EC8CH

    Dear Lord Baby Jesus… please help this brave man smit the wicked Moto bootloader. amen

    • Socal_jnunez

      Lol nice

    • Cgmartin33

      Hey, um, sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him baby. Its a bit odd and off-puttin’ to pray to a baby.

      • Romma1

        I like the bay Jesus version the best..

        • Anonymous

          Talladega ftw

        • http://www.facebook.com/dallaslittle50 Dallas Little

          Philippians 4:13

        • http://www.facebook.com/dallaslittle50 Dallas Little

          Philippians 4:13

    • Cgmartin33

      Hey, um, sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him baby. Its a bit odd and off-puttin’ to pray to a baby.

    • Droidchevere

      Amen

  • Vivalaharley

    Balls to you aliasxerog

  • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

    This man is in my thoughts…

  • Anonymous

    Epic

  • KleenDroid

    Hats off to this guy for working on something that others have given up on. If he actually makes a breakthrough I imagine others will hop on and help get this done. Also if he is able to get us to the point of flashing real roms I would be one that would PAY for this.

    Right now my X is awaiting it’s grave soon, but if he could get past the bootloader it would help thousands of people!

    Thank you very much for your hard work and trying where others gave up!

    • The350zWolf

      Kudos, also remember if the DX gets conquered, the Droid2 and Droid2G will follow :^) I’m “rooting” for aliasxerog FTW!

    • Johnnycash6688

      easy fix send to 3906 e. s. fork dr. phoenix AZ

  • Anonymous

    Do it! Before everyone gives up on the DX with all these new 4g phones coming out. Still stuck with this phone through 3/2012.

  • Anonymous

    Any attempts at defeating the Blur Bootlocker Brigade must be applauded.

  • Anonymous

    Any attempts at defeating the Blur Bootlocker Brigade must be applauded.

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah. There’s hope for my D2G! Now we just need someone to actually make ROMs for it. Fission is awesome though, I really just never want to see Blur on my phone ever again :)

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah. There’s hope for my D2G! Now we just need someone to actually make ROMs for it. Fission is awesome though, I really just never want to see Blur on my phone ever again :)

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for dx/d2 owners :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

    That would be great. If he can do this, there will be hope for the bionic.

    • Good luck!

      Perhaps, if successful, keep it quiet (yeah, right!) so the bionic doesn’t get released with an update that makes it locked down as well.

      • KleenDroid

        There is no doubt that if they had success with this that Moto would lock up the hole somehow. Motorola is not our friend. Android has stated that they want us to be able to have access to our phones, and Motorola is the only one that went to great measures to prevent it.

        The D1 was Moto’s last open phone.

        • EC8CH

          when you put the worst skin on earth (blur) on top of android of course you’re going to have to go to these extreme measures to lock down your bootloader.

        • Im4degreesaboveu

          The D1 was Moto’s last open phone.

          i was just saying that exact same thing last night

    • Guest

      The Bionic uses a different processor, so if it is locked down, it will likely be through some other method.

      • Mrpicolas

        The bootloader is separate from the processer and the problem is the signature used to lock it not the processer itself also the bionic is believed to be running the same bootloader as well what this Guy is doing is an attempt to overwrite the current security measures with a new kernel that is not locked by the boot process

        • Anonymous

          In case anyone was wondering how the process works…
          From Gentoo Linux Wikipedia:

          “kexec is a system call that implements the ability to shutdown your current kernel, and to start another kernel. It is like a reboot but it is independent of the system firmware. And like a reboot you can start any kernel with it, not just Linux.
          The name comes from the similarity to the exec system call.
          Basically, a software reboot (you won’t need to go through POST/other BIOS stuff).”

          Sounds promising!!