[Source][Dll][XAP] The HtcRoot project - Testers needed
The result of probably more than 100 hours of solo hackery: a working COM DLL for allowing any application to elevate itself to SYSTEM (root) permissions.
What you need:
An interop-unlocked HTC phone. Sorry second-gen and Arrive users.
A working HtcUtility driver. It's possible some HTC update at some point crippled this. It works for me; if it doesn't work for you let me know what updates you have.
What it does:
Allows changing the security token of any application to give that app unrestricted permissions. At this point, you can call any user-mode API, perform any operation, with full access.
It also allows you to read or write any value from memory, even kernel memory (this is how it modifes the security token).
What it can be used for:
Darn near anything. If it can be done while the phone is booted, you can do it.
What it can't be used for:
Modifying the ROM - the R and O stand for "read only" and they mean it.
Interop-unlocking a phone - it requires interop-unlock to get root in the first place.
How to use it:
In your app, include the HtcRoot.dll library.
Include the code from DriverAccessTest.cs in the test app (defines the COM API and enables using it).
Call the OpenHtcUtility function (will throw an exception if your device is incompatible).
Call the MakeMeRoot function (can also throw exceptions).
(OPTIONAL) Call the ReturnZeroIfRoot function to make sure your app is elevated (does not throw exceptions, will return an error code if you get one).
Do stuff with SYSTEM permissions (probably using another COM DLL, such as for registry or filesystem access).
Call the RestoreToken function (failure to do this *might* cause a kernel memory leak).
Call the CloseHtcUtility function (OS will probably handle this if program just exits).
What you can do right now:
Try the test app. It should pop up a series of messge boxes. Hopefully none of them say anything like "FAILURE".
Report any bugs or failures you discover.
Build things with this library, and publish them!
Breakdown of the download:
There are two folders in the ZIP, one for the Visual Studio 2010 C#/Silverlight XAP project, and one for the Visual Studio 2008 C++/COM DLL project.
The test XAP is in the HtcUtilityTest\bin\Debug folder.
The native (COM) DLL is also available in that folder, or under its own project.
If you want to mess with this, I'm going to assume you are already familiar with hybrid native/managed development for WP7. If not, Heathcliff74 has posted an excellent tutorial on this forum.
Special thanks to:
Heathcliff74 for the hybrid app tutorial and interop unlock info.
Paul_Hammons for the links and info about HtcUtility, the driver that makes this possible. Thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1434793