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Rooting with Mac OSX? Heimdall?

23rd April 2015, 01:15 PM |#1  
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Hi there,

I finally decided to root my Note Pro (P900), which is just 10 Days old (refurbished tho, so no warranty issues).
My Backstory (only read if you are bored

The main Reason for me is privacy. Coming from a Xiaomi Android Device with its excellent Permission Manager I was shocked at the Permissions some Apps require, that cannot be changed.

I did my research and tried a relatively unknown option named "Appguard". (Google actually removed it from the PlayStore after a short period of time, still available from their Website). This app was developed by a IT Professor at a german university with the help of his students. It allows to manage app permissions on the fly for installed apps and doesn't require root. However, this requires to reinstall the apps you want to monitor (no big deal) and it also allows apps to get PlayStore upgrades (great!). However as it functions without requiring root, there is no way to monitor system apps (including all the Samsung bloatware!).

I did further research and am now opting for the xPrivacy Plugin for the Xposed Framework.
This of course requires root to function. So here I am.

My device is a stock, unrooted P900 Wifi (32 GB) currently running 4.4.2 (KOT49H.P900XXUANI1). And, I'm on a Mac!
Bummer!

I understand that the current setup to gain easy root is using Odin on a windows machine (wich i dont have!)
I did some more research and found Heimdall. Its a multi platform tool that allows flashing Samsung devices.

Did anyone already try Heimdall and can maybe give me a hand on setting it up?
Does it even work with the P900?
Any other Methods rooting the P900 on Mac OSX?
Thanks a lot in advance!
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23rd April 2015, 07:19 PM |#2  
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For times when I need to use Odin I use windows in a VMWare virtual machine on my macbook. The VM image takes up precious SSD space on my rig though so when not in use I'll copy over the image to removable storage to free up space and then copy it back to the macbook when I need it.
23rd April 2015, 08:40 PM |#3  
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Thank you for your reply.

Ive done some tinkering in the Meantime and it seems like at the moment there is no possibility for the P900 using Mac OSX.
There are actually two options (or one technique used by two programs). Both of them are open source, available for Windows, Linux and Mac and can be found on github.

One is Heimdall, which seems to work fine for older Samsung devices and actually uses a special kext to replace the samsung drivers on Mac OSX. It comes with a command line tool as well as a straight forward user interface.

The other one is JOdin3, a Java/Casual based program that can be used directly in the browser or downloaded and run as a java program. It also uses the Heimdall drivers, but offers a user Interface that looks and functions exactly like Odin, plus it inludes a "noob friendly" step by step process in the UI.

The problem is that the heimdall drivers are still having issues with newer samsung devices (including the note pro) preventing it to fetch the PIT file from the device.

As of now, April 23rd 2015 there is currently no way to root your device using Mac OSX

I'm currently downloading a virtual windows machine in virtualbox and will try to root that way.
I have no Windows license, but thanks to the Internet Explorer Team from Microsoft you can download already complete virtual Windows Enviroment for both OSX and Linux directly from the windows servers. For free!

Will report back once I rooted my device.
24th April 2015, 12:39 AM |#4  
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I successfully rooted my P900!

For those Mac Users out there interested:
I tried Virtualbox first, but it didn't work. I installed the exact same windows image (Win7 Enterprise) with VmWare Fusion and was able to detect my device using Odin with the latest official Samsung drivers.

I used Odin (v. 3.10.6) to flash TWRP Recovery (v. 2.8.6.0). You have to boot directly into recovery after flashing, otherwise the OS will revoke the custom recovery at the first boot.
I then used TWRP recovery to flash SuperSU (v. 2.46) from a USB Drive and made a full backup to the ext. SD card.

Currently downloading the Hyperdrive custom rom. Really looking forward to it.
24th April 2015, 09:03 AM |#5  
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Did you end up tripping KNOX?

Keep us posted on your progress.
24th April 2015, 01:02 PM |#6  
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KNOX will be tripped when you install a custom recovery via Odin.
So yes, my KN0X has been tripped.

I'm currently running the Hyper drive Rom with different kernels. Performance seems good and customization Options excellent. l have a problem with random shutdowns (not reboots), no matter what kernel l use.
Pretty sure It's related to the Rom setting/ Setup rather than root method. Some users of the Hyper drive Rom reported similar issues,' however l have to figure this out before university starts again on monday and i absolutely need the tablet for lecture.

If I dont find a solution for the shutdowns until sunday i might have to consider flashing stock + .Xposed
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