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DROID X/2/Milestone Bootloaders About to be Unlocked? Keys for SBF Files Released (Updated)

Things are about to get really interesting on the DROIDX and DROID2 bootloader fronts.  @nenolod, one of the few Motorola community members to continue to pursue cracking it, has possibly come through with keys to unlock and sign SBF files for flashing recoveries, system images, etc.  To let you understand how big this is, just know that within minutes of releasing these keys, a C&D was sent from Moto.  This could be the real deal.

Update:  We’re pretty sure this is all one big giant pile of fake garbage (yes, that’s me trying to keep it clean).  This shouldn’t surprise anyone though, it’s not like this nenolod character has ever been right before.  Lame.  Lame.  Ridiculously lame.  It’s time that hackers stop taking to Twitter with their theories and instead show some proof.

Update 2:  Yeah, it was definitely fake.

More info on his key leak can be found here.

FreeMyMoto will be taking over work on the project going forward.

  • Emeraldjun

    …….who has a Droid X they can trade for a Fascinate?

    • bad4u6669

      i might be willing to trade ya.

  • http://twitter.com/Tojiro Brandon Jones

    Excellent! This is the single most aggravating thing about my X. Anything that cuts Motorola out of the software equation at this point is a good thing. Their hardware rocks but their software is absolutely abysmal. Locking you into their buggy mess is a slap in the face to their users.

    I hope this works out for the modding community!

  • Anonymous

    Is there any chance that Motorola could change the keys, or is this like the PS3 where it is based on hardware and unable to be changed?

    Because if so, this could make the DROID X and ATRIX real powerhouse options for the nerdier Android fans among us.

    • Djspikezz

      In a OTA they could fix it, it’s just a matter of not updating if this possible unlocked bootloader keys thing becomes valid and proven.

  • Djspikezz

    HOLD UP. This is all being looked up now. No guaranteed reports this has been proven yet.

    So Far, @clockworkmod has called it a day for now on the keys, hasn’t gotten it to work yet.
    Also @_Birdman_ another amazing man in the Android world has also not been able to confirm it yet either.

    Both these guys are very trusted in the Droid community. Let’s cross our fingers and hope they figure it out, along with @freemydroid etc.

  • Firelight

    So, does this mean there is hope for MIUI on my DX?

  • Anonymous

    Ok! Liberty 2.0 or Apex 5.0 with Gingerbread! Let’s get to it! LoL

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome news. Hopefully it leads to the unlocking of the Atrix bootloader. There’s always a chance the same key was used.

  • http://twitter.com/myleslynch Myles Lynch

    I was just about to sell my DX and now this news comes out. Hells Yeah! Can’t wait to see what Koush and CVPCS think of this!

    • Djspikezz

      I just learned how to use twitter about 3 days ago lol. And all this news came out of there like a bat out of hell! What perfect timing. I feel so blessed to get to see all this happen. It’s freaking exciting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjenk88 Curtis Jenkins

    Pardon my ignorance, but is this of any significance for Droid 2 Global owners?

    • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

      Yeah, should work with D2G though there could be issues with the global aspect

  • Djspikezz

    Birdman just tweeted it’s official!!! Even possibly for the Atrix… here’s the quote:

    RT @_mrbirdman_: “Its done folks. All Moto phones are basically unlocked now. Maybe even atrix.”

    • Djspikezz

      The rollercoaster has started, Twitter posted just a minute ago:
      @_mrbirdman_ “I had my friend verify nenolod’s process. He says it spit out the keys. Let me confirm before we get too happy tho.”

      Keep praying peeps.

  • Sesawyer3127

    Whats amazing is that fact that most of you were praising Moto for the xoom and all their help LOL, hypocrites LOL

    • http://twitter.com/bd7349 Brendon D

      all their help with what?

  • Kicker22004

    YES take that MOTO. Keep up all your hard work guys.

  • SL’AmDroid

    does this include the Droid 2 Global? ppl always forget to mention the D2G

    • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

      Yeah, should work on the entire sholes family which includes the droid, milestone, DX, D2, and D2G. Though there might be some problems with the D2G since it does have the SIM card in it which allows for the global aspect.

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    DX owners two thumbs up

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Motorola, hopefully this teaches you to stop locking your phones. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    hopefully this leads to a better understanding of the encryption codes used my motorola which will hopefully lead to faster unlocking of future devices

    • Anonymous

      it will lead to understanding the encryptions for a while but any device that starts development of its boot loader encryption after this event will probably have this fixed so its a victory for a while.

    • Anonymous

      it will lead to understanding the encryptions for a while but any device that starts development of its boot loader encryption after this event will probably have this fixed so its a victory for a while.

  • Anonymous

    SHIT JUST GOT REAL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2OUBGTH2L2PKVSDC4UTFA7Z2Q thesaber

    this is the best news all week!

  • http://www.facebook.com/richardjdillon Rich Dillon

    This guy is an idiot. Droid X is pretty much dead, why release the keys months before the Bionic comes out? Now Moto will just make it harder, instead of falsely believing their code was secure.

    /epic fail

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      Shut up

    • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

      I kinda, selfishly enough agree.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, the Droid X has been dead for a long time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158705891 Gavin Spencer Marty

      my friend the droid x is far from dead,if it was dead it would matter and if it didnt matter i wouldnt be posted on this site. :)

    • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

      I agree that he should have waited. He should have just told the major devs and had them keep it secret for now. The bionic is rumored to be coming out in April anyway and I could have waited a couple weeks. Plus, that would allow them time to put together ROM”s and kernels that utilize it. However, the DX is not dead. I take it you haven’t heard but there are some devs who are coming back to the droid line after this news. Also, this is greater than just the DX. It should work on the other Droid phones and may even work on the Atrix.

      • Djspikezz

        Yeah keeping it quiet a bit longer and sharing it with the devs. My question is, Why would MOTO allow XOOM bootloader to be unlockable but not he phones or the upcoming Moto phones? It can’t be a Verizon thing considering Xoom is through Verizon. Any ideas? Maybe they will stop fighting us and just allow them to be unlocked?

        • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

          In my opinion, the only reason the Xoom was unlockable was because it was the first Honeycomb device. Google pretty much told them the only way they could get Honeycomb first was if they made it unlockable.

        • LivinFree

          The XOOM is unlockable because it is like the D1 and sold as a google experience device. That is the only reason it is unlockable ( ie Google mandating it). Any device that runs BLUR will be locked no questions asked.

          @James Cox; keep dreaming if you think the Bionic will be April. If we are lucky we’ll see it by August as it is nowhere near ready for release. We’ll see the X2 and another device not talked about before the Bionic.

    • rruready

      Lol. Sucks for you. Win for me and my Droid X.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t Moto suppose to be allowing us to unlock the Droid X soonish anyways, what ever happened with that?

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t Moto suppose to be allowing us to unlock the Droid X soonish anyways, what ever happened with that?

  • Superglen99

    I dont get it. We already have custom roms and recoveries for these phones. What’s so big about this?

  • Superglen99

    I dont get it. We already have custom roms and recoveries for these phones. What’s so big about this?

    • http://twitter.com/bd7349 Brendon D

      Custom Kernels, STOCK Android ROM’s, updates to the latest versions of Android without having to wait for Motorola to release them, full ROM customization, better battery life on rom’s, etc.

      Read the following for more info on what’s been done to some Android phones that have unlocked bootloaders.

      Copied/pasted from AC:

      “Being able to replace the Kernel essentially means being able to replace the drivers in the device. If you look at the Galaxy S, for example, custom kernels did a huge lot like:

      Ext4 Support for internal memory (faster, more reliable)
      Amazing Sound quality thanks to oversampling and completely rewritten reference-drivers directly from the sound chip’s producer
      Notifications via the touchkey-backlights (Galaxy S has no Notification LED)
      Overclocking
      Optimised file system drivers, Kernel uses CPU-Features better – More battery life.
      Support for completely “Samsung-Free” Roms such as Cyanogenmod or MIUI (Cyanogenmod 7 is currently beta and my daily driver – the performance increase is immense!). This also means that porting new Android Versions to the Device is MUCH easier (as you can replace the Kernel and don’t have to work around a Kernel intended for a much older Version of Android.)
      :)

    • http://twitter.com/bd7349 Brendon D

      Custom Kernels, STOCK Android ROM’s, updates to the latest versions of Android without having to wait for Motorola to release them, full ROM customization, better battery life on rom’s, etc.

      Read the following for more info on what’s been done to some Android phones that have unlocked bootloaders.

      Copied/pasted from AC:

      “Being able to replace the Kernel essentially means being able to replace the drivers in the device. If you look at the Galaxy S, for example, custom kernels did a huge lot like:

      Ext4 Support for internal memory (faster, more reliable)
      Amazing Sound quality thanks to oversampling and completely rewritten reference-drivers directly from the sound chip’s producer
      Notifications via the touchkey-backlights (Galaxy S has no Notification LED)
      Overclocking
      Optimised file system drivers, Kernel uses CPU-Features better – More battery life.
      Support for completely “Samsung-Free” Roms such as Cyanogenmod or MIUI (Cyanogenmod 7 is currently beta and my daily driver – the performance increase is immense!). This also means that porting new Android Versions to the Device is MUCH easier (as you can replace the Kernel and don’t have to work around a Kernel intended for a much older Version of Android.)
      :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

    honestly I went from rom to rom to rom liked most the roms I did but there was always 1 bug in all of em that seem to ruin the whole thing (the sleep freeze in liberty 1.5 rom)

    I just went back to stock on friday and I am back to getting amazing battery life and running extremely smooth.

    even my marketplace is faster at loading up.

    I still wanna root my phone again but I’m gonna wait until the 2.4 update.

  • Rizzidy

    Take that C&D and shove it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Hardy/10051816 Anthony Hardy

    Great news

  • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

    My god, this news if more important than the news AT&T is buying T-Mobile. I thought this day would never come. To bad Moto is going to lock everything down even more for their future phones, like the bionic and DX2. Oh well, the devs will can crack it again.

  • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

    My god, this news if more important than the news AT&T is buying T-Mobile. I thought this day would never come. To bad Moto is going to lock everything down even more for their future phones, like the bionic and DX2. Oh well, the devs will can crack it again.

    • afriendlyhelper

      Not necessarily.

      Like the XOOM, the Bionic, D3, and Targa (x2) will have unlockable and relockable bootloaders.

      • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

        Doubt it. The only reason, in my opinion, that the Xoom had an unlockable bootloader was because it was the first honeycomb device and Google pretty much told them the only way that they could have the first honeycomb device was if the bootloader was unlockable.

        • afriendlyhelper

          Were not that evil.

          • M8R-4c5ium

            Ah, so you admit that you are somewhat evil?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Looks like we may get Gingerbread now before Moto gives it to us, and 100% blur-free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Looks like we may get Gingerbread now before Moto gives it to us, and 100% blur-free.

    • http://twitter.com/bd7349 Brendon D

      This is what I’m hoping for! CM7 please!

    • Anonymous

      im wondering, since p3droid has a ‘dev droid x’ if the gingerblur he has will be able to work on the consumer droid x devices now that we have they keys

      • Anonymous

        can anyone comment on this with some knowledge?

        • http://jaxidian.myopenid.com/ Jaxidian

          The theory is that it can. The Gingerbread floating around for dev phones is unsigned which means that it only works on dev phones and not the rest of ours. However, I’m ignorant as to whether or not it’s been rooted. I know they were having problems. I haven’t asked about it lately.

          • LivinFree

            They did get a custom recovery working with the dev X running GB. And I believe they got it rooted also if I’m not mistaken jus tnot using any one clicks you had to manually root via ADB.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Moto would send a C&D to its Blur developers and bootlocker brigade.

    It’s a shame that brilliant folks have to spend time giving us what’s rightfully ours. +1000 to them for doing so.

    • Anonymous

      Enough Apple bashing Michael! That’s racist!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the laugh Timoh! :-)

    • ThievingSix
      • Krazypoloc

        Yup thats what I am hearing on IRC as well…..

      • Anonymous

        We don’t know if they’re real or not. No one has yet had conclusive results. The keys work, it seems, but it will take a few days (or hours, there are people working really hard on this) before anyone is ready to firmly confirm or deny their legitimacy. Koush is, as he stated, being a wet blanket. And with good reason! People are WAY to optimistic about this. It’s still like a 50/50 shot…

  • Anonymous

    So does this mean that we will actually see custom ROMS for the Droid Bionic close to it’s release date?

    • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

      Probably not since Moto will lock the bionic and all their future phones down even more and with a new key. Might mean that the devs will be able to crack it sooner though since they will know more about how to crack it.

      • Anonymous

        I thought that this particular breed of lock down was because of a burnt in code in the OMAP series

        • Meister_Li

          The Nvidia Tegra also supports this “High securtiy” mode. Just no other developer is using it.

        • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

          Not sure exactly what you mean. From what I understand about the boot loader, it is encrypted with something like a 1024 bit encryption and that the boot loader can only flash kernels that are signed with the key, which we now have. So, if Moto changes the key we can’t flash kernels until we get the new key.

        • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

          Not sure exactly what you mean. From what I understand about the boot loader, it is encrypted with something like a 1024 bit encryption and that the boot loader can only flash kernels that are signed with the key, which we now have. So, if Moto changes the key we can’t flash kernels until we get the new key.

  • Anonymous

    Best news I’ve heard all day. To say this is exciting is an understatement.

  • Bernie

    Time to root my DroidX. I bet within weeks, an ota with “bug fixes” will be pushed out.

    • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

      I’m not certain a “bug fix” can fix this screw up.

  • Thomas Clinard

    Copied/pasted from AC:

    “Being able to replace the Kernel essentially means being able to replace the drivers in the device. If you look at the Galaxy S, for example, custom kernels did a huge lot like:

    Ext4 Support for internal memory (faster, more reliable)
    Amazing Sound quality thanks to oversampling and completely rewritten reference-drivers directly from the sound chip’s producer
    Notifications via the touchkey-backlights (Galaxy S has no Notification LED)
    Overclocking
    Optimised file system drivers, Kernel uses CPU-Features better – More battery life.
    Support for completely “Samsung-Free” Roms such as Cyanogenmod or MIUI (Cyanogenmod 7 is currently beta and my daily driver – the performance increase is immense!). This also means that porting new Android Versions to the Device is MUCH easier (as you can replace the Kernel and don’t have to work around a Kernel intended for a much older Version of Android.)

    Hope that clears things up.”

  • Anarchist310000

    come on man i told u this story…no props :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/drossano Dean Phillip Rossano Jr.

    So.. what does this mean to me?

    • Anonymous

      You need to hit XDA so ou will know what it means.

    • Anonymous

      This means that the entire Droid line of phones will now get REAL custom roms, not the beefed up custom themes that devs have (rightfully) named roms. It’s a whole new ball game.

  • Dellbx

    Oh, great….This would be great, even if I don’t plan to keep my DX for much longer

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_WM Brian Mayes

    This is actually GREAT news if it comes to total fruition. I would have Loved CM7 on my Droid X with a custom Kernel.. man o’ man.

  • Dsim91

    Wow finally I will truly love my DX now bring on CM7

  • Anonymous

    I just hope this news doesnt delay my Bionic, because they may want to take more time to secure Bionics Blur.

    THEY BETTER NOT.

  • http://davesdroid.blogspot.com NadTwist

    Yay!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

    Yes this gets us closer to more and more custom roms!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow nice! i bet moto had those c&d prepared for months.

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for open source

  • Anonymous

    Hooray for open source

  • Anonymous

    according to his site, it looks like he found the keys back in december and was just giving Motorola time to act on them…which they never did

  • Anonymous

    Why did they go public with it before all the important community members were brought up to speed?

    Hell, I would’ve organized an “NDA” agreement that prevented everyone from posting about it until a set time by which the files would be across multiple sites.

    • Anonymous

      It was pretty sudden. Someone told the freemymoto team about @nenolod’s post, and we all looked at the same time. We set up an IRC talked for MAYBE 10 minutes before nearly everyone had tweeted it. Why nenolod went right to twitter and didn’t contact us more discretely, I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter, I heard whispers that @aliasxerog already had this almost working on his X. As far as I know, koush hasn’t responded yet, and neither has cvpcs. Only a matter of time, the keys are already all over the net :)

    • http://twitter.com/czamana C. R. Zamana

      The keys was posted on twitter already…

  • Unexpected62

    What is a C&D? Cease and Dismiss? Like a stern “Hey, stop this!” sort of thing?

    • http://twitter.com/ronoffringa Ron Offringa

      Cease and Desist, but yeah. HTC sent some out to Fancy Widget and others for coping their clock widget, for example. Basically it’s a warning to stop what you’re doing or else get sued.

      • Anonymous

        but now they all look identical except they dont flip – which im completely okay with (but it is still cool)

        • http://twitter.com/ronoffringa Ron Offringa

          Yeah, I’ll admit I miss the flipping clock from my old Touch Pro2.

          • Anonymous

            any chance you still have that .apk? =)

          • DROID VADAR

            it’s from a windows phone

  • Anonymous

    A little fast to post, Mr. Kellex :)
    We’re still on IRC and twitter notifying people (koush has yet to respond). This is huge though, and Moto needs to back off. I was liking them with the Xoom, but that Cease and Desist letter was scary stuff. CyanogenMod 7 for Droid X is now in the works (just need cvpcs, I guess).

    • Calculatorwatch

      Keep up the good fight! I’m glad there are so many great devs out there giving the people what they want until Motorola and the other OEMs realize that locked bootloaders and restrictions are not what their customers want.

      • Anonymous

        Believe me, this news has inspired a few devs who previously left the Droid franchise to come back. I think the Droid X may soon beat out every other device as far as roms go, at least from what I can tell. This will be an exciting week as we finalize the process and release. Let’s hope moto sees this and changes their minds :))

        • Anonymous

          Thanks 4 all the hard work devs

    • MikeNasty3

      So what about the Atrix? My buddy is waiting for that bootloader to be cracked and am wondering if this breakthrough will affect the Atrix or not.

      • Anonymous

        Too early to tell. We don’t even know if this works on ANY phone. So far it seems promising, but no one has actually made a bootable rom with this yet. I’m sure an Atrix will be tested in the near future, but right now most people are focusing on the Droid X and Droid 2.
        If it’s anything, I think that IF these keys are real, the Atrix will be able to be cracked as well. That is still an IF though.

        • Geonerd

          Does this includes D2Global ??? please do !!!! Amazing work guys …

          • Anonymous

            If this works – and I’m pretty optimistic it does – then yes. All of the Moto Droids are based on Sholes, including the the D2G. In fact, the D2G is my current device, so I’m just as hopeful as you :)

      • Anonymous

        And… now I get to burst your bubble :(
        The Atrix will most likely not work. It most likely is not based off of the sholes architecture, which is what this exploit relies on. Sorry.
        There is still a possibility moto didn’t mess with the keys between the devices, but that is also unlikely.

        • MikeNasty3

          Well….shit. Thanks for the info! I really hope some devs still find time to work on that Atrix bootloader. I am still glad I have my Evo running a CM7 nightly. I will probably stick with HTC in the future if Motorola is going to always be this locked down…