Root on: Google Glass has successfully been hacked

Cydia founder Jay Freeman wasted no time digging into his Glass, hacked into it and jailbroke it. What happens now is anyone’s guess as Freeman has not been able to much with it yet due to his eye-glass prescription making using Glass painful for more than a few minutes at a time. “It took me two hours while I was having dinner with friends at the time,” according to Freeman. Having this access means that there is potential to eliminate Google’s ability to remotely deactivate a set.

Freeman used an established Android 4.0.4 exploit to gain control of the operating system in headset…eyeset. He does not know if the same technique will ultimately work on the retail version of Glass whenever it becomes available.

Another hacker by the name of Liam McLoughlin was also successful in getting root access to his set of Glass yesterday. There has not been any formal reaction from Google about this, but when Freeman contacted an employee at Google, he was a little surprised that Glass had debug enabled, believing it had been removed.

One thing is certain, a whole range of possibilities emerge when things open up. Google is generally pretty collaborative with developers that hack into their stuff – when Google sanctions such activities that is.

source: Jay Freeman (Twitter) via Engadget, Forbes, and 9to5Google

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12 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Noooooooooooooo.......... xP

6. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

"hacking" an open platform. phonearena is this what you have to do to make your crappy news article sell? how about google puts a boatloader lock on it. good luck "hacking" it then

12. V3TTOO

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

"Not to bring anybody down... but seriously... we intentionally left the device unlocked so you guys could hack it and do crazy fun sh** with it," Google engineer Stephen Lau wrote. "I mean, FFS, you paid $1500 for it... go to town on it. Show me something cool." Hack isn't a bad thing, just that someone found a way around what it normally does. A hack. Why would Google want to not load their boats? How would they use them? (FYI, I have no clue if there are actual boat loaders out there.)

2. GG_SHAH

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

sad google and their glass :D

3. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Jay Freeman can make Cydia store for the Google glasses :)

4. ITEngineer

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like google, and im an Android lover.. But Debug mode enabled remotely....Makes you think what are google seeing through Glass Eye remotely...hmmmm

5. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

morgan freeman....

7. longtian

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I am not optimistic about the future of Google Glass

8. best_

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

android can be easly hacked =)) R.I.P

9. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

at least now it can be sold on ebay for 90k

10. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Jailbreak cannot be valid for Android -.- root has nothing to do with that!

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now why should we care? Most of us cant hacked software.

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