Members of the XDA Developers forum have found a way to gain root access to their Android G1 handsets using a loophole in the PTerminal application.
PTerminal is available for download from the Android Market and can apparently be used to start a telnet connection on your G1 which can then be accessed from your PC – giving you root access to the device.
According to forum member Koush, the instructions are as follows:
- Turn on your phone’s WiFi. This gives your phone an IP you can reach it at.
- Get to a command prompt on your device by using the PTerminal application from the Android Market. (adb shell does not seem to work with these instructions, telnetd does not start up)
- cd system
- cd bin
- netstat (get your phones IP)
- telnet into your phone’s IP from your PC
- you now have root!
Whether a new ‘over the air’ update fixes this potential bug remains to be seen, but it might be a good idea to disable OTA updates if you decide to test this method.
Please be aware this is for advanced users only, root access is hidden for a reason.