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DROID3 May Have Been Rooted, We Now Await Photo Evidence (Updated With Instructions)

The DROID3 has reportedly been rooted by XDA member djrbliss, one of the dedicated few that have worked non-stop on the device over the last few weeks.  No photo evidence has been presented just yet, but we may have it within the next hour.

And I should point out that while this is huge news for D3 owners, this might be bigger news for potential DROID Bionic owners.  Since both will likely run similar everything including Android 2.3.4, we can cross our fingers that this root method will work on it as well.

Update:  Here is your photo evidence and instructions…  

Update 2:  The 1-click easy root has already been released here.

Instructions (via vulnfactory):

The Exploit

Log in to the device using “adb shell” and type the following commands:
mv /data/local/12m /data/local/12m.bak
ln -s /data /data/local/12m

Next, physically reboot the device by pressing the power button. When it wakes up, log in using “adb shell” again, and type the following:

rm /data/local/12m
mv /data/local/12m.bak /data/local/12m
mv /data/local.prop /data/local.prop.bak
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_netmon_usb=0″ > /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_netmon_ih=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_res_core=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_res_panic=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_all_adb=1″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_all_core=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_efem=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_bp_log=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_ap_mot_log=0″ >> /data/local.prop
echo “ro.sys.atvc_allow_gki_log=0″ >> /data/local.prop

The ro.sys.atvc_allow_all_adb property is a Motorola-specific configuration that prevents ADB from dropping its root privileges. Reboot the device one final time, and on logging in with “adb shell”, you should be presented with a root prompt. Enjoy!

Via:  XDA, Twitter

Cheers Raj!

  • Matthew Harmon

    Will this work on the DX?

  • Aleksmilosevic96

    how would i unroot, email me at aleksmilosevic96@gmail.com

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  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    Why would this news be “bigger” for “potential Bionic owners.”  The news here is the D3.  The Bionic is same phone, more RAM, LTE, plus a hundred bucks and minus a keyboard.  In terms of news for the Bionic, this is only a prayer.  This IS news for the D3.  Congrats to everyone who pulled this off!

  • HurricaneDroid

    Any chance that this will work to root the DroidX

  • Anonymous

    badass! i wish i could do this stuff myself but alas i am terrible with any sort of programming language…all the kudos to the people that made this possible!

  • Craigg

    This is great news! With the wireless hotspot exploit and now root this phone is turning out to be the best that Verizon offers. The only feature that the Bionic offers over the Droid 3 is LTE, and I will not give up global roaming for a slight increase in download speed.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    You should update this post to include how to get the Superuser app working, because this just gives you root from ADB.

  • MrToTo83

    HAs anyone done this yet from here? Just wondering. Will be doing it when I get home

  • kuboo99

    I don’t have a Droid 3 and don’t plan on getting one, but this still makes me happy.

  • Anonymous

    Question for the team here, with the impending launch of the Bionic….

    What is Root?

  • Anonymous

    PS I just got banned on Engadget for discussing their Apple love

    • Anonymous

      On an Apple article, no less.

    • Mr.Joe

      Congratulations! 

      • Anonymous

        Thanks!  Seems heavy handed, but I don’t read them much anymore anyway.  Oh well!

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      They have no shame anymore. It’s blatant. Props to you. F THE SYSTEM

  • Anonymous

    Gone are the days of easy rooting moto devices now you must do all of this lol.

    • Anonymous

      Call me a noob but what does rooting do exactly?  How does it make your phone better?

      • Anonymous

        You can remove the apps Verizon installed that you can’t uninstall normally. Allows you to run custom roms/ leaked os not as much now since moto locks the bootloader.

      • James_Ever

        I would advise you look up on this site about what rooting is and what it means before you try anything on your device before even considering root.

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      I wonder if adb shell can be accessed from the device itself (since ADB can listen on TCP). Thus it would be possible to do everything straight from the phone, and probably make an app to do it automatically.

  • Bensdroidhelp

    Could someone at droidlife lost a how to video? that would be much appreciated!

  • Bensdroidhelp

    Could someone at droidlife lost a how to video? that would be much appreciated!

  • Anonymous

    ppppleeaaase be true….the blur is getting to be too much to bare

  • Anonymous

    I was up for an upgrade on the 16th. If this is true, I’ll go to the Verizon store today!

  • Anonymous
  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Going to try the same process on a different Moto device and see what happens.  Hope it works on some of the other devices that are not rooted yet.

  • Thedeathly
    • Jordan

      How isn’t this the top comment?  +1 To you sir!
       
      Although i am at work, has anyone tried this method?

      • Thedeathly

        Haha idk. I figured id post it since i was in the IRC room when this was achieved. It has been tested on multiple devices, it gives you ADB root, which then you have to install su & superuser.apk your self. People are working on a “oneclick” solution now.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!! my Droid 3 = #

    • Thedeathly

      One Click Root – http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?t=3714&p=75934

      Working on updates and bugfixes on IRC. Version 5 should be up, just run the script and obtain root :P

      • Jordan

        trying to get this to work

      • Bensdroidhelp

        i have tried it and it doesnt work…

        • Bensdroidhelp

          Nevermind, figured out what i had to do

        • Anonymous

          I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
          Here is the website we use to get it all from :
          BidsBit.com

  • Anonymous

    Before everyone starts crying “bootloader” please remember that rooting the phone is possible even with a locked bootloader (see the DX as evidence). If this is true, and if this method works for the Bionic, it will be possible to put ROMs and custom themes on the phone, as well as get rid of the bloat, just as we have been able to do on the DX for a year now. We won’t be able to do anything with the kernel (that does requires an unlocked bootloader) and we won’t be able to use AOSP ROMs, but we will be able to mod the phone. If true, and if Motorola/Verizon doesn’t put out an “update” to patch this, it’s great news for the D3 and probably the Bionic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Actually we may be able to do AOSP ROMs through the use of 2nd-init on the Bionic. CVPCS did a blog post not too long ago saying 2nd-init is possible on Gingerbread kernels now.

    • Anonymous

      All I really care about is removing the verizon bloat. Once you get rid of that it would probably eliminate any lag not to mention remove blur.

    • Anonymous

      Getting root is a great start and at least get the phones bloat free. I don’t mind that the phones come with bloat but they should give us the option to delete the garbage we don’t want.

  • OG Droid

    Long live root!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    Waitttt this probably means another Bionic delay to fix “softwear bugs”

  • John

    screw the d3, i want me a nexus prime!

    • Anonymous

      Shut up

      • John

        k :(

      • Anonymous

        NOU

    • Anonymous

      screw the nexus prime, i want me a keyboard………and i have one
      Aww hell, I’ll be gettin a nexus if it comes to verizon

      DOES ANYONE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SOME MISSING RAM WITH THE D3????????

      • Anonymous

        It is the blur taking up ram.

      • John

        Shut up

  • Mr.Joe

    I’m calling fake.  The D3 is locked down.

    • Anonymous

      So was the Droid x, Droid 2 and they got root for those.

    • Anonymous

      That doesn’t matter. Rooting the phone isn’t dependent upon the bootloader being locked or unlocked. The DX was (and still is) locked, yet it’s been rooted for a year.

      • Anonymous

        I never said it did. But being locked down and since the others have similar internals that is what I was talking about(processor, etc) It is known that OMAP are more locked down then tegra 2 which may be why they scrapped the original bionic because it would have been not as locked down as they can with OMAP.

        • Anonymous

          I love arguing about bootloaders can I get in on this?

          • Anonymous

            Of course you can lol

          • Mr.Joe

            For $25 entrance fee. 

  • OG Droid

    For the love of everything that is holy please let this be true!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      In his best Chris Farley impression…

  • Anonymous

    I think they should wait to release it until the bionic is out otherwise they will just patch it before the bionic launches.

    • Anonymous

      doubt it, took them 6+ months to get the version of blur from ces onto a phone

      • Anonymous

        What does blur have to do with them patching the exploit used to root?????

        • Anonymous

          They don’t update anything quickly. Doubt they’ll be nimble enough to meet the deadline.

          • Anonymous

            It would be a simple software fix and trust me they will have it patched in no time once they see the exploit and that people are rooting their phone. Will make some bs update that supposedly fixes something but the only thing it does is close that exploit.

          • Anonymous

            Every time a device has been rooted there has not been a quick patch. Look at EVERY other device/update up until now.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    at this point I have to get the bionic 

    • Mr.Joe

      Why?  It’s locked down.  You should get the HTC Thunderbolt instead as it’s not locked down.

      • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

        And get 5 hours of battery life. No thanks

        • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey
          • http://twitter.com/brigwheels patrick donati

            down only 36% after 28 hours?  does it leave your pocket?

          • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

            Listened to music on it for 8 hours at work cuz my boss doesnt care.

            Texted my girlfriend and shit, facebook ect. 

          • Mr.Joe

            Sounds like the starts of a great song!

          • Blackmagick20

            Awfully funny how NONE of that stuff you mentioned doing with your phone actually shows up in the usage screen…

        • Mr.Joe

          I’d take a cheaply built, 1 hour battery life, huge phone if if it means it’s unlocked.  Over a slim, good battery, excellent build quality phone. 

          I know the community agrees with me.  All we care about is that it’s unlocked.  Screw the rest. 

          • Anonymous

            I’m part of the “community” and I disagree with you.

          • Anonymous

            Ditto.

          • Anonymous

            Ditto

          • Anonymous

            ME THREE

          • Mr.Joe

            Actually, you’d be Four.  Since boybert would have been 2, rlorenz 3, and you four.

          • Anonymous

            Haha, well thank you for clarifying.

          • Mr.Joe

            I try my best.

          • Mr.Joe

            Then you don’t have a passion for unlocked phones like we do.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, but I do. How do you propose to know how I feel? I’m still using my OG Droid despite having four available upgrades simply because of the unlocked bootloader. With that said, my phone is still a “phone” and I NEED it to work properly and for more than an hour. So build quality, performance out-of-the-box, and battery life will always take precedence over the bootloader when I’m considering my next phone.

          • Mr.Joe

            Sounds like you’re falling right into their trap.  Making them believe that a locked bootloader is ok.  It’s not, it’s damaging to the entire android community.  Without an unlocked bootloader android is locked down completely, and as far as the community sees unusable.

            By putting priority over unlocking the bootloader you are not helping the cause at all.   

          • Anonymous

            Much of the community might, but to assume everyone agrees with you is arrogant and false.

          • Mr.Joe

            What’s arrogant is having a locked bootloader and supporting the companies who lock them.

          • hey joe

            Quit using the pronoun ‘we’…you’re in the minority buddy.

          • Mr.Joe

            We are the majority my Good Sir.

          • Anonymous

            Says the single person disagreeing with a group of others…

          • Mr.Joe

            4 people does not equal group.  I on the other hand speak for the many. We all plan to boycott the Bionic and encouraging others to as well.  By us boycotting the Bionic it will fail and Moto will see that they must unlock the bootloader.

          • Anonymous

            4>1, but, I’m going to let you win on pure stubbornness, because I really don’t care!

          • Anonymous

            I’m not sure you understand the definition of arrogant.

        • Anonymous

          I get through a day on my thunderbolt and I’m in an lte area.

      • Anonymous

        Because I don’t like HTC phones, don’t like the look of the TBolt, don’t like Sense, and want a better phone. 

        Or, cause it’s our preference.  I only ever rooted my Droid for overclocking, which is unnecessary on the Bionic, and tethering, which is tough to accomplish now anyway, and was never hugely important. 

        A slide out keyboard is honestly more important to me than root, on these faster phones, root loses some(SOME) of it’s value.

        • Anonymous

          the bionic doesn’t have a keyboard.

          • Anonymous

            I know that, but I’m not sitting around waiting another year for whatever moto’s twitter tease is about.  I was just pointing out that something that doesn’t matter to others matters a lot to me.  Preference is preference.

          • Anonymous

            Then why do you care if the droid 3 is rooted? You want a keyboard yet you are getting the bionic?

          • Anonymous

            I live in a 4G neighborhood, so that’s important to me as well.

          • Anonymous

            Same 4g is top priority for me. I am in a 4g area and don’t want to be stuck with a 3g only phone for 2 years.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly….what I really want is a multi-core 4G OG, but I’m settling for the Bionic as my upgrade is ready, and the OG is dying a very slow death, but a death nonetheless.

          • Anonymous

            I just wish moto would unlock the bionic and then they can go back to locking down the rest of their phones. It makes sense to have another unlocked phone if they want a shot at making the next nexus.

          • Anonymous

            Bah oh well….if wishes were horses then beggars would ride.

  • Anonymous

    I just paíd $ 23.86 for a Droid and my girlfriend loves her Canon PowerShot S95 that we got for $41.56 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. No need to pay those expensive retail prices ever again. . Especially when I also sold a 42 inch HD-TV to my boss for $655 which only cost me $ 62.84 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://alturl.com/n397n

    • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

      stop spaming us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    I rooted the Bionic, but I don’t have pictures of it……

    • VageenLikeSleeveOfWizards

      Can you post the link to the file? I need this bad. So bloated. 

  • Anonymous

    Yay, no more bloat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I hope it’s true…because hopefully that means we’ll get root on the Bionic shortly after it’s released.

    • Tom Crews

      It’s true.  You have to do it via ADB commands, a few reboots and then you can adb shell as root.

      Originally Posted by randallman  

      I just grabed su from /system/xbin on my Droid 1 and Superuser.apk
      from wherever it was on my Droid1 and used adb to push them to /sdcard
      on my Droid3. After getting root at ADB, I did:

      mount -oremount,rw /dev/block/system /system
      cp /sdcard/su /system/xbin
      chmod 4777 /system/xbin/su
      mount -oremount,ro /dev/block/system /system

      And then using a file explorer, I installed the Superuser.apk after allowing sofrware from unknown sources.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    This is great news for the Bionic!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

      Even greater news for the Droid 3, since it actually exists and all. No need to root a phone you can’t even own.

  • http://twitter.com/shells_guy Spencer

    B4 the Droid X runninng GB…. Boooo this sux 0_0

  • Anonymous

    Pics or it didn’t happen.