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Old July 8th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default OTA Update 07/08/13 - Bootloader is NOT locked, and is rootable. More info soon!

If you're rooted, don't accept the update if you plan on keeping root. Predictably it does break root, and there are unconfirmed rumors of a locked bootloader.

I'll keep this post updated about the OTA as I learn more.


UPDATE: So far so good. It appears both rootable and the secure boot has something to Do with knox.

More info the link posted below this post by jhawk. Waiting for more confirmation before I take down the PSA.

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First update from an XDA-dev.

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Okay, new bootloader, modem, kernel.
2 secondary bootloaders updated as well as rpm and tz.

Interesting that everything backs up to mmcblk0p22 before writing the new one.
Don't recall seeing that in updates for other devices.

New Fingerprint is just swap out MDL with MF9.

As mentioned, Knox is there. Makes me wonder what else was locked down with it.
Updated OCR among many updated binaries.

A lot of the binaries - in particular, vendor blobs - have an update.
I'll need someone to dump the system partition once it's patched for the new vendor files.
Hopefully good news for AOSP builds.

I'm asking to see if the previous sources have any info - but they've already stated not to expect anything.
There are a few questions that need to be figured out:

1) What is in the new bootloader? Are we locked like most of the others?
2) Can we revert bootloaders after flashing - and if so, what does it take to do so?
3) Root on new build?

All of this is going to require a test device, which sadly at the moment I am now without.
All the problems with the N2 left me with a Spare N2 and now without an S4.
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Shabby has posted on XDA that the bootloader is NOT locked. He was already able to reroot and get custom recovery back on the device. So can probably take down the alarming thread name.
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If you're rooted, don't accept the update if you plan on keeping root. Predictably it does break root, and there are unconfirmed rumors of a locked bootloader.

I'll keep this post updated about the OTA as I learn more.


UPDATE: So far so good. It appears both rootable and the secure boot has something to Do with knox.

More info the link posted below this post by jhawk. Waiting for more confirmation before I take down the PSA.
UPDATE2: How to update and keep full root


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2277480
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