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DROID X .621 Build Root Method Released, Talk About Device Trickery

When Motorola and Verizon released their latest bug fixer for the DROID X as build 4.5.621, they pissed off owners of the device for the 116th time in under 2 years (actually it’s probably more than that). I’m referring to the fact that all previous root methods are now blocked, leaving those that updated to the new firmware without the ability to root again and fully enjoy their “open” Android device the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Well, in classic bird-flipping fashion, a root method has been discovered. Ready for it?

The steps involve flashing an SBF file that turns your phone into a Milestone X (the European variant of the DROID X), rooting that, and then taking control of your phone from there with a DROID X custom ROM. So again, you have to flash Milestone X .604 software onto your phone, root it, and then pick out a DROID X ROM that suits you best. It’s not pretty and as far as I can tell is not rooted .621, but it will give those that are stuck on .621 a chance to get off of it.

SMH.

Via:  RootzWiki

Cheers Brian and Joe!

  • Rick

    Verizon Androids are better know as Hemdroids

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlesl.hudson2 Charles L Hudson

    I AM ROOTED AND ITS RUNNING ON 621 HOW CAN I PUT ANTOHER ROM ON IT

  • droidxxx

    The whole point is its my phone i should be able to do whatever i want to with it i paid for it now they say oh its your phone but we will tell you what you can do with it wtf

  • sickofbs

    I give up on this droid platform. The only reason I want to root it is to make the phone actually work… good bye droid, moving to an iPhone.

  • Lewis_Koseck
  • Lewis_Koseck

    I actually sbf the .621 then sbf yes sbf via rsd lte the milestone shown in the above then gained root access from above method and it worked and am now in recovery backing it up and gonna restore the MIUI i had on! Thank you so much for the help info and files!

    • Lewis_Koseck

      Oh yeah, i also spent and hour repeatedly attempting the droid 3 script root and z4root then the above milestone root methods prior to the sbf to milestone if that is any help! idk

    • Lewis_Koseck

      Annnnndddd…….Now i am on MIUI the big bad exploit proof .621 with all that talk of Ubuntu Linux, which wouldn’t work for me becouse i dont know linux or commands, and i little me figured it outtttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i CAN USE RSD TO SBF TO MILESTONE FROM .621 AND ROOT AND FLASH AND REFLASH AND OVER FLASH AND WHATEVER!!

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    I personally think this is VZW and Moto’s way of giving DX owners an “incentive” to get a new phone.

  • Heartuvgold

    I’m still trying to get my head wrapped around how to root it. And will rooting negatively affect the flashing I paid for?

  • Cycole

    You need to use a Linux OS to sbf or you take a chance of
    wiping you base band.  

  • http://ckwebb.com Chris Webb

    I was able to use this method to root my Droid X and am currently running MIUI.  I do note that the 2nd-init ROMs seem to have less battery life than some of the other Blur ROMs like Apex and Liberty (which of course you cant flash on top of this exploit.)

    So, my question is what are the downsides of running the rooted Milestone X ROM on my Droid X.  I see Verizon apps like NFL Mobile and My Verizon don’t seem to work (build.prop issue? – can this be fixed?) but other than that it seems work fine.  No risk of Verizon trying to charge weird roaming fees etc since it appears my phone is a European Milestone X? Or is this all ado about nothing?

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  • BigWOP

    Droid X is HANDS DOWN the worst smartphone ever made. PERIOD

  • H1

    A few comments:

    1. Milestone X 604 is Android Version 2.3.5 which is a newer version than this Verizon .621 update.  Everything seems to work well – AS LONG AS YOU FLASH USING LINUX.  Do not flash via windows or it will mess up the radio – possibly permanently.

    2. If you are on Verizon’s .621 you can not flash to any earlier Verizon versions – never ever!  But one can flash to the 604 Milestone X – this is the only exception found so far. Even after Milestone one can’t flash to older Verizon versions because of the 621 bootloader.

  • Guest

    Credit for this exploit goes to bukolov1 from the Ukraine, it was just brought to our attention.

    How they found it, who knows? We just found out the steps necessary to get it working on the DX ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Binsley/100000090972765 Michael Binsley

    Not to worried about my DX anymore. My GNexus will arrive in less than 24 hrs….My son can fight the DX wars!

  • Guest

    DroidLife is totally unware that millions of users like their non-rooted phones just fine.

    If I hated Android THAT much… that I had to instantly replace the entire OS on my brand new phone, with a random version that I downloaded off some hacker site… I would simply avoid Android altogether.

    I *LIKE* stock Android OS.

    • burpootus

      If your phone was rooted and you had LBE privacy guard installed and you saw how many apps gain permissions to your SMS messages, your contacts, etc…apps that have no business doing such, then you might think differently. If I can’t have a rooted smartphone, I’ll just go back to the free buddy phone I get from work.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      Part of the reason I bought an Android phone was so that I could flash ROMs. It’s one of the greatest things about Android. If you don’t like Android EXACTLY as it’s supplied, you can change it. If you know how to, you can change it yourself to be exactly as you want it. If you don’t know how to code it, you can find a ROM from someone else who DOES know how, and get some of the features you were hoping for out of the box.

      Bottom line – Android is great BECAUSE you aren’t stuck with the exactly what you pull out of the box.

      But also – no phone has stock Android OS unless it says “Nexus” on it. All others have a manufacturer’s skin on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-LeBeau/782650466 Mike LeBeau

    Although it may feel like we are losing this battle at times, work like this always reassures me of our (the consumers) progress. 

    The commitment of these devs is one of the most selfless acts I have seen in my two decades alive. The battle between them and the phone companies will end only when one side gives way. My question is, if the devs already do this for how little they currently get in return (monetarily), what makes the big dogs think they have any chance of winning?

    No amount of money in these companies pockets will ever be enough to stop this battle. The ratio between the capital lost while trying to lock down a phone compared to that of the dev community working to find a new method is a joke. 

    This is now simply a waiting game. The only question is how long can companies afford to do this, before the opposition (us) grows to a point where they are losing profits large enough to give up?

  • Matt

    My ISP doesn’t regulate my computer hardware/ software so what gives any cell carrier the right to do so with my phone?

    • Balls

      If your ISP took part in making your computer, and co-branding it, then we’ll talk.  Until then, don’t come up with retarded, pointless examples.

      That is not to say I LIKE the fact that my DXis restricted by whatever moto/verizon decide I should have.  But, you did know that going into it.  In fact, there were rumors of the E-fuse said to completely brick your phone if it detected a non-authorized rom on the phone.  So, knowing (or at least thinking) that up front, why are you so stupid to buy one, then complain that it wont do what you knew from the start that it wouldn’t do?

  • OhAaron

    -Slow Clap-

  • Dude

    I’m still using this phone since it launched. Its got the worst interface of any Android phone i’ve ever seen.

  • Meticode

    I’m happy I upgraded early from X2 to the Rezound. Motorola has been a disappointment ever since the original Droid in-my-opinion.

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    I just flushed my Droid X down the toilet. It should end up at Motorola very shortly.

  • http://twitter.com/JBod Justin

    I still have my X on root froyo (Apex 1.4.1). Why mess with perfection? I haven’t taken an update in some time because I don’t want to be bothered RErooting my already rooted phone. 

    • Blueballs

      I am also still on Froyo, rooted. Glad to see I am not alone. No issues at all.

    • http://twitter.com/zakalwe79 C. Zakalwe

      Still remember Apex 1.4.1 was the best that phone ever ran for me!

    • ostensibly

      my X is on CM7, haven’t picked it up much since I got a Nexus but it’s still chugging along just fine. root/rom fixed most of my problems with it.

  • faber

    Fuk moto/verizon both.

  • Sam

    Something tells me they’re going to be doing this with every Motorola device eventually. The Droid 2 Global update two weeks ago (4.5.629) disabled all known root methods as well, and because it employs a new bootloader, attempting to downgrade via SBF will result in a hard brick.

    F*ck you, Motorola.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      I agree fully. I have a D2, so I’m just waiting for them to release the update that breaks all of that here too. Obviously I’m not going to take the update though.

      CM7 and CM9 both run great on it. CM9 has some battery life issues, but that’s why I dual boot them with Boot Manager. No need for a Moto/Verizon update when I have CM.

  • Downtownjeffb

    If the carrier is not going to update the device to Google’s latest then an unlock option should be offered. It’s out of warranty and basically dead to them. 

    On another note why are they locked to begin with. I am struggling to think of a product I buy and am told or kept from enjoying it the way I want.

  • ericsorensen

    If you still have a Droid X, you need to broom that headache and get a Galaxy Nexus.  I got the X on release day, and it was nothing but problems and struggles getting around that locked bootloader and Verizon/Motorola messing with the root.

    • zildjianpro

      ok that makes no sense I have never had problems with mine so what then. why get the stupid trial galaxy nexus instead of waiting until they figure out the bugs and get a better one.

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

    Motorola just doesn’t get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    How the HELL did they figure this out?

  • Mjsplicer78

    Anyone know were I can get a Milestone SBF file? My wife accidentally did the OTA and I need to fix it so I can flash a good ROM on it

  • http://twitter.com/jhanford Jason Hanford-Smith

    @sc4fpse:disqus I would buy your argument if rooting the device was something you could accidentally do and something that could affect people unknowingly. That’s simply not the case. They are trying to lock out people on a phone that’s nearly two years old for no other reason than sheer bloody mindedness.

    • patronanejo

      @sc4fpse:
      You are totally full of shït. Verizon has a history of crippling its hardware in order to force users into using their own clumsy, proprietary solutions–remember how they prevented third-party apps from using their handsets’ built in GPS? This is simply a matter of Motorola ring-fencing Android against open-source apps that threaten Verizon revenue streams.

      Rooting just does not happen involuntarily–anyone who goes to the trouble of rooting his own device already has the resources to leak whatever information he wants. It’s never going to happen by accident, and clamping down on rooting does nothing to prevent unauthorised transfers of data.

  • sc4fpse

    I’m sure I’ll take some flak for this comment, but this is exactly what the carrier’s/manufacturer’s job is after a release: patching exploits. I think people here don’t realize that the ability to root a phone can be a serious security threat to the integrity of the device. In situations where these devices are used in government/corporate settings to access confidential/secure information, a rooted device can spell all sorts of trouble. While for 99% of us, these security exploits are good for us (as they allow us to root our device and enjoy them more), there are instances where this can be an extremely bad thing. And with many business/government customers, Verizon and Motorola absolutely must keep these exploits patched, despite the fun it may ruin for us in the rooting community. Kellex, as someone with more phone than fingers and toes, I should think that you of all people would understand this, and have a little more mature of a response than “SMH.”

    SMH.

    • richardsonadm

      So when Verizon/Moto patch the exploit, nobody, including Kellex are making the user do this. We do this cause we want to, we all know the risk in doing this. SMH at you now.

      • sc4fpse

        You didn’t understand my post at all. I’m saying that there is no reason for people to be upset with Motorola/Verizon for patching another security hole. If this is the 116th security patch in 2 years (obvious hyperbole, I know), then if anything, we should be throwing a party for them in celebration of their dedication to the outdated handset. It would be wrong of them not to patch the security bug. I was not criticizing people for rooting their handset without knowing the security implications. I was criticizing people for criticizing the security patch efforts by Motorola/Verizon. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

          Rooting is a choice still, it is not an exploit because it is built into the OS (Actually the kernel). Saying patching it is patching an exploit is like saying I blocked your from accessing the internet because it is an exploit. Sure exploits can come from it but you should patch those not the cause

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          • http://twitter.com/ComradeVDKAdR01 Dave

             I feel like this just gives us more of a chance to probe and mess with something that Moto told us not to do we will get around it we’ve  been getting around it for how long now. I take as a challenge.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726489683 Nick Bentley

            Thats the way we all should be thinking

    • kurt

      I agree with you somewhat, I do strongly believe its more of an issue of tethering then security. Take a look how have clamped down on broadband, and introduce throttling
      cell companies call it over selling bandwidth, air lines call it over booking, but airlines pay you when they bump you. Cell companies pretend they dont do it

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  • ApplesNAndroids

    SMW

  • richardsonadm

    Plus you have to do this via Linux too, you can not SBF with RSD Lite like normal.

    • johnj

      Okay.  I’m a bit confused.  I can’t find a Milestone X sbf file for the US Verizon network.  Does it matter which one I use?  Or …..????  And, which ROM’s can you load over this?

      Thank you.

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

    Keep my root with Voodo Root keeper. And I flashed the lastest CM7GB and my phone has never ran better. Battery life is decent 12 hours with moderate use.

  • Kuboo99

    On a similar note of tricking your phone into thinking its something else, manufacturers should provide “Nexus SBFs.” By flashing one you would void your warranty but it would unlock and put your phone on stock. That would be very cool.

    • 4n1m4L

      Manufacturers would only see this as dollar signs floating away. Sad.

  • Blueballs

    Why is Verizon still on a mission to block rooting on this phone?

    • WAldenIV

      I don’t think they are. The .621 update didn’t break root.

      • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

        really?

        “I’m referring to the fact that all previous root methods are now blocked.”

        and from what I read in the forums, it didn’t only break root, but it broke sbf. You can’t sbf to an earlier Droid X firmware, which is why they had to resort to sbf’ing to the Milestone X firmware instead of Droid X firmware.

        I still have a Droid 2 (which I’m going to get rid of when a phone that I actually want comes to Verizon) so I spend a lot of time in the Droid X forums, since they’re virtually the same phone. The DX and the D2G both were both given the same fate with their latest updates… broken root, broken sbf, and no known way to regain root. The D2 is next on their list to break.

        • Brad Huggins

          I have .621 and still have root… However I ran Voodoo OTA RootKeeper 1st

          • Seanmac

            can you thether 4 free still?

  • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

    Sounds right to me, this is how you root the Cliq.

  • Brian Treusch

    First!