Attention Motorola Users: You Now Have Root!

A couple of days ago, our own Stacy Bruce reported that the DROID XYBOARD had been rooted. Now, apparently, the developer of this root method, which he calls “Motofail”, is stating that this same exploit works on all current Motorola devices running Gingerbread or Honeycomb.

The Droid 4 root (“Motofail”) should work on all Gingerbread Motorola devices that I know of. The just-released XYBoard root (“XYZ”) should root all Gingerbread and Honeycomb Motorola devices. Both Motofail and XYZ rely on the same vulnerability, but the XYBoard had an additional hurdle in place that required me to exploit a second bug in order to trigger the first one.

-Dan Rosenberg

This is great news for the modding community. With this root method, dozens of devices can now be rooted, including the Droid 4, Droid RAZR, Droid Maxx, Droid Bionic, Atrix, Atrix 2, Xoom, and many more. Interestingly, reports are coming in that the this exploit is NOT working on the Xoom Family Edition.

This comes on the heels of Motorola’s Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule for many of their devices. Some updates are coming in Q2 or Q3, and some are not coming at all. Perfect timing for those on the “not coming at all” list.

source: androidcommunity

About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • Ownedbydroid

    Nice, very tempting as an ATRIX user in the uk we did not get 2.3.4 till late december 2011that so ICS would certainly be q3 at the earliest but probably Q4 2012, making a year to go to ICS from GB on top of the 6 to 9 months it took them to go to GB from Froyo. I got my ATRIX mid october 2011 so the wait for GB was not too long. That said the fools at T-Mobile told me when I chose the ATRIX that there was a GB update for the ATRIX and of I got it they recommended me to update as soon as I got home with a fresh phone.

    Went back to complain that it was only AT&T that had the update and they promised the GB was just round the corner and as they said “just a few days away” yeah right days more like 9 or 10 weeks away.

    Never trust cell phone salesmen lol

  • ismail abdulah

    why xoom family edition is excluded here? that’s unfair. :(