A new tool was released this week that allows you to root your HTC device, regardless of which one it is, as long as it has Android on it. Created by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection, HTC Quick Root is a complicated little bugger that takes rooting to a whole new level. You should check it out on XDA Developers.
If you don’t know or understand the risks of rooting your device, please don’t do it. You’re going to have to do it all the way through and there is always a risk of bricking your device and rendering it useless. With that out of the way, let’s see what HTC Quick Root can do.
The app gives you options based on whether your phone is S-On or S-Off (for those who don’t know, the “S” refers to NAND storage security, which is key to knowing whether you can write to the /system partition while running Android). Still, there are some limitations as to what will work, and you’ll have to get your own image files for flashing since those are device-specific.
For S-On devices, HTC Quick Root uses a known universal exploit to get the phone rooted with built-in tools BusyBox and SuperSU. You must be running a full Stock ROM, including recovery. If you have patched your device with an HTC that plugs the security hole, this method will fail.
For S-Off devices, HTC Quick Root allows you to root using an insecure boot.img, which must have ‘ro.secure’ set to ’0′ and not use a patched adbd binary. Otherwise, this method will also not work.
Here’s the full feature list:
- Root Using Insecure ‘Boot.img’ (S-OFF Only) or Universal Exploit. (S-ON / S-OFF).
- Option to Flash ‘HBOOT’ Image after Rooting, even if your device is ‘S-ON’!
- Verify MD5 Checksum of ‘HBOOT’ Image after backing up and after flashing.
- Unroot Device by Patching ‘adbd’ binary as Insecure.
- Root Tools to Clear Battery Stats and Dalvik Cache.
- Reboot device to any mode after Rooting.
- Execute Reboot commands independantly.
- Thorough Error Checking and Stable ADB Framework implementation.
- Includes BusyBox v1.20.2 and SuperSU v0.96.
The best part is that this is an expanding list. Users are currently requesting features, and lyriquidperfection seems more than eager to keep updating his work. At the time of writing, HTC Quick Root is at version 1.1.13.
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