Motorola Droid 3 Finally Rooted (Instructions Here)

| August 25, 2011 | Reply

A little over a month from its release, the Motorola Droid 3 has finally been rooted.

Security consultant, Dan Rosenberg, has identified a vulnerability specific to Motorola devices and released instructions on how to obtain root.

The whole process is done via commands in adb shell, so if you’re not familiar with adb you should probably wait until someone develops a more “noob”-friendly method – I’m sure it won’t be long.


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!


If you need help, hit up the XDA thread HERE



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