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Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon and AT&T are rooted; $18,000 bounty to be collected?

Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon and AT&T are rooted; $18,000 bounty to be collected?
Toward the end of last month, we told you that the Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon and AT&T had been locked down so tight, that a number of XDA members offered a cumulative $18,000 bounty to the person who could come up with a method to root those specific models. Now, there might be a winner. According to XDA member geohot, he has come up with a tool that will bring root access to the flagship phone.

According to geohot, rooting the Galaxy S5 also apparently disabled secure container KNOX, and the method is available for almost all Android phones sporting a kernel build date before June 3rd, 2014. Newer HTC and Motorola phones are not included because they are write protected.

Just keep in mind that you should know what you're doing before embarking on this adventure. If you don't, you could end up bricking your phone. And of course, your warranty will be reduced to toilet paper, so make sure that this is something that you really, really want to do.

source: XDA

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posted on 15 Jun 2014, 16:58 1

1. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Geohot? as in George Hotz?

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 17:33 1

5. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1271; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


The same.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 20:54 2

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1290; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


He's now showing love to Team Android.
The most easiest root method I have ever used; download apk, install apk, launch apk, let phone reboot and your now rooted.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 01:01

22. Planterz (Posts: 1080; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Holy crap, I just looked up who this kid (he's 24!) is. He carrier unlocked the iPhone, was the first to jailbreak the iPhone, and got sued by Sony for hacking the PS3. Impressive.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 17:09

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3729; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Didn't read all the messages, but looks like this also roots the locked down ATT Note 3 as well as some other locked down devices. Some people are having a few issues, but most root attempts look like they're working fine.

Great work by geohot.

Samsung: KNOX is not wanted nor needed for most of us. Stop shoving it down our throats and locking the phones up.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 17:17

3. spasticpat (Posts: 72; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


So when it says "Newer HTC and Motorola phones are not included because they are write protected." Is this talking about the Moto X?

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 17:25

4. spasticpat (Posts: 72; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Nevermind, found the answer to my own question: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=53426021&highlight=moto+x#post53426021

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 17:54

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Wow, I hope that dev gets his bounty :-)

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 21:12 1

16. cheetah2k (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Unfortunately, I doubt he will see anything like the 18k. Pity for the XDA community as we could sure use Geohot alot more.

I'm guessing the iPhone platform has bored him to death. Now contributing to the Android community :) :)

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 06:05

23. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I agree with you

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 18:05 2

7. mike2959 (Posts: 279; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The devs normally end up with a fraction of whatever the bounty is.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 18:25 3

8. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, this is fantastic news - locked down phones are anti-Android - get that shiite out of here...lol

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 18:31 2

9. tedkord (Posts: 5259; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Blame the damned carriers. I remember a few years ago in a forum, I was jumped by members when I suggested the Galaxy S3 Verizon model would be bootloader locked. They told me that Samsung didn't lock bootloaders, called me an idiot.

None of them had much to say when it released.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 18:43 1

10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3729; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


In this case, it seems more Samsung's fault than the carriers'. Once Samsung started including KNOX on its phone, the phones got more and more locked down.

Now the locked bootloaders may be due to the carriers and not Samsung.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 19:31 2

11. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Carriers don't want their phones to get touched or molested. International variants are always easy to root, it's. always the carriers, prolly paying hefty service fees to Samsung for that extra armor they put into their phones

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 19:45 1

12. tedkord (Posts: 5259; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Exactly. Verizon doesn't want you enabling any functionality they could charge you more for. I remember when Verizon used to block access to the GPS for any app other than VZNavigator on WinMo phones.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 21:25

17. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


you are so right.almost always no matter what OS you are using

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 22:38 1

19. wilsong17 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


knox has nothing to do with this... it come with the phone but you dont have to use it

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 00:12

21. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3729; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"knox has nothing to do with this... it come with the phone but you dont have to use it"

KNOX has a lot to do with the phones being locked down. You should read up on it. Just because you don't make a KNOX container and put apps inside of it doesn't mean there aren't specific requirements to have secure KNOX containers in the first place.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 19:57 1

13. AfterShock (Posts: 2959; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


There was a large disturbance in the touchwiz force recently.
Its like they all cried as a whole then went silent.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 20:44 3

14. Planterz (Posts: 1080; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I hope Geohot gets his due. Even a small percentage of the bounty would be a nice chunk of change. I'll be surprised if he gets anything close to that $18000 (especially since that one guy the pledged $4000 probably won't follow through).

This crap that Verizon has been pulling with locking their phones down is just one more reason I'm glad I switched to T-Mobie. I'll never buy a phone from a carrier ever again.

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 22:23

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ooh, so much for a sim card provider......

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 23:00 1

20. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


This is why i hate 2yr contracts. Sometimes it seems like you have zero freedom over your own device anymore.

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