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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 Receiving Surprise Update to Build VRALL4 (Updated)

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The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is receiving an update as I type this. The new build number is VRALL4, though we have no idea what it includes. It appears to be very minor, with the notification screen saying that it will only take 2 minutes to update and is 7.8MB in size. 


Update:  We had the update fail for a reader who was rooted. He then unrooted, updated, and now can’t root with the current method. So it looks like it fixes the Exynos exploit. Some are saying that you can keep root using Voodoo Rootkeeper.


Update 2:  Adrynalyne just sent over the .zip of the update, but wanted to make sure we pointed out that it includes a new bootloader. If you like having an unlocked bootloader and easily rooted device, you may want to hold off for a minute. [Download]

Update 3:  The update is now official from Verizon. The only change is a security patch, so yeah, it fixes the Exynos exploit.


Cheers Michael, @toddlue and Dustin!

  • Matt Forgette

    Nothing works for me…it fails to update..i use voodoo root keeper and it doesn’t work….i hate having to keep deferring this every five days…HELP!!!

  • annville

    How do I root my phone and is it safe?

  • Wild_Science_Spinner

    Why is the “ok” button on the left… instead of the right… where (google foolishly feels) it should be?

    • dongut_menge

      Because it’s a Note II. Most people are right-handed. Put the potentially dangerous button away from people’s dominant hand.

  • Scott Crosler

    Its just a security patch. I have it rooted and modem here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2107125


  • nok

    Just saying this update bricked my phone and I don’t know why. I was watching YouTube videos in bed, went to go pee and came back to a “System software is not authorized by Verizon Wireless” message. This was minutes before I had to leave to work so I just popped my SIM in my galaxy nezus . Anybody know how to undo this? I got no warnings of update. I only found out about it just now online. Stopped working around 10am pst ,the time of update. Rooted but not unlocked and obviously not backed up ;(

    • Nok, found a solution to this yet? Same thing happened to me and I have some critical data on my phone. Stupid sabotage update.

  • al brown

    anyone know if VRZ unblocked “blocking mode” and maybe gave back s planner widget

  • Dave

    Mine shows OS updated to 4.2.2.

    • Bionicman

      har har good one

  • Suck it Verizon. Your not suckering me into a locked boot loader again.

  • jv

    I did the odin method of rooting.. this update removed my root privs

  • denke

    My wife’s Note got the update. No noticeable changes.

  • KleenDroid

    I can never understand why someone who is rooted would unroot to get any update. Within a matter of hours it will all be available for you without the hassle.

    • crcpeach

      Unrooting is no hassle with Voodoo

      • KleenDroid

        But why? Waste of time.

  • crcpeach

    I was rooted and the update failed. Unrooted (saved root with Voodoo), and the update failed again… gotta check and see what I’m missing before I go to any more trouble

  • jv

    my root is now gone.


    No need. BeansROMv6 @ 1.8GHz. 🙂

  • banana

    I can vouche for the fact that the update did NOT fix the annoying issue that caused complete strangers to stop me in the street and ask, “Is that a phone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” Damn! This phone if BIG!!!

    • Tim242

      It has less of a bulge in my pants than smaller phones have. It fills the pocket better, therefore leaving no bulge points.

      • Dave

        There’s enough bulge in my pockets…..sorry it was too easy.

        • Tim242

          Duely noted : )

  • Blocks exynos

  • Don

    Exynos mem bug checker says I’m no longer vulnerable. So it patched the kernel.

  • Here is the file: Keep in mind that it has a bootloader update in it!!!


  • ddevito

    Good news: it fixes some security flaw

    Bad news: It still runs Touchwiz

    • Tim242

      The new TW is very nice. It is very close to stock, but with added functionality. I’m unlocked and rooted. I chose a TW based ROM to have the best of both worlds. The fact that you are complaining says that you don’t even own the phone.

      • Eric

        It’s not close enough to stock for my tastes. I don’t like the colorful icons in settings or the use of fluorescent green in the notification shade. Or the notification icons.

        • Tim242

          Jelly Beans 6 is AOSP themed TW ROM. Problem solved.

    • Dave

      Technically I think they call it UX now….or something like that.

  • discstu37

    Warning to all, like others I lost root but I didn’t get an update on my phone saying anything was downloaded or anything, phone just randomly rebooted and applied with no input on my end.

  • Don

    You do lose root, I restored it with Voodoo OTS Rootkeeper

    • Don


      • 213ninja

        in installed the app but it doesn’t seem to do much…any tips?

        • Don

          You have to have used it to backup SU before updating, then hit restore after updating

      • 213ninja

        i installed the app but it doesn’t seem to do much…any tips?

    • Yup – OTA Rootkeeper works like a charm

  • Bionicman

    i got my update. nothing noticeably new. probably fixing that exynos exploit.

    • BSweetness


    • chris125

      If that is the case I am surprised they got it out this fast, I figured it would take at least a month or two how verizon slows everything down

      • Bionicman

        hah you have to wonder if Samsung pulled some strings at Verizon to push this out asap or maybe told them to have it out by a certain time.

        • michael arazan

          Verizon is only slow on os updates. They have always been very fast for security patches, because of the potential harm to a customer phone or security. Now if they would only give a sh$t about os updates.

          • Trey Mitchell

            so we convince the manucatures to tell them that new os updates include patches to VITAL SECURITY HOLES or some other silly pr security buzz word.

        • chris125

          they probably told verizon this closes the current root method and bootloader making it harder to hack so verizon was like hell yeah we will put this out right away because we love making it difficult for people to hack their phones.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Probably another update to re lock the bootloader. Piss on Verizon.

        • Yes, yes it did. It also fixed the exynos exploit.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Stinking Verizon Galaxy Note 2. Yuk what a joke.

  • Mike T.

    I girlfriend’s Note got the alert. Anyone know what’s changed?

  • 213ninja

    i lost root.

  • Liquidretro

    I can confirm it, Just tried to pull a manual update and got it. http://i.imgur.com/7LI8i.png I will wait to apply it until we know more about what it does.

  • jbegs

    I’m seeing more apps in the multi-window. I’m not rooted. I see Falcon Pro as an addition. Still no Gmail or YouTube.

    • fartbubbler

      Falcon Pro was already compatible for multi window, as of their last update

      • jbegs

        Thanks. I missed that as I don’t use multi-window that often,

    • hfoster52

      Firefox works though.

  • Matt

    I guess I’ll wait on updating my wife’s Note until I see a changelog.

  • ihateuvzw

    i seem to have lost root

    • ihatevzw


  • Bewara2009

    Hey everyone I just want to let yall know that i just received my free flip case and free tectiles support from Samsung.

    • Bewara2009


      • AnthonyMoya

        I got mine as well. I can’t wait to program the tectiles.

        • hfoster52

          That is awesome news. Haven’t received mine yet but can’t wait to program mine.

          • Guest

            You’ll probably receive it any day now. I couldn’t believe how quick they sent it. I didn’t expect to see it for a couple months.

      • jbegs

        I received mine yesterday as well. What a great promotion.

        • Dave

          Still waiting. Although I’ll just sell the case. The Diztronic case is by far the best…..once you trim your screen shield.

      • pac

        How did you get this?

    • fanboy1974

      First time I’m checking my mailbox because of a post. If I don’t see it I’m going to blame you.

    • Althris

      I received mine this week as well. Thanks again to DL for sharing the promo!

  • Hedson Ralston

    Havent gotten mine yet. Maybe they want to add more VZ logos on my phone. Hate my home button

  • fartbubbler

    yeah, what’s up Verizon? I deferred the maximum length of time (5 days) until we can figure out what it is. I wonder if it patches the exploit.

    • universedro

      When I go to Settings->About Phone->Software Update and check, I get notice of an available update with the options OK, Defer or Reject and for now I chose Reject.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Exynos exploit update?

    • Can only guess at this point but seeing the kernel is updated…most likely.

  • subiedude85

    They probably realized they didn’t have enough bloat Running on the device.

    • Dave

      I have all my bloat frozen or deleted or hid. It takes more than bloat to slow this beast.

  • kentholio

    Just as I read this, I get the notice on the phone. Scared to update, I do not want my bootloader to be re-locked or lose root.

    • Get a logcat of it so we can get the URL its updating from. As long as you have a custom recovery, it won’t install. Start logcat and accept it. adb shell logcat > logcat.txt

      • fartbubbler

        good to know! I’ve rooted and unlocked (also installing twrp) using Adam’s method, so I’m good, right?

  • Thomas

    Tim is this confirmed ? 😉