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Warning about using CWM.zip (temporary / Touch recovery) to root or flash any file
Note : This is referance only to CWM.zip , which is temporary/touch recovery commonly used to root device. Other cwm recoveries which are permanent and getting along with custom kernels are safe.

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After seeing multiple reports of Superbricks connected with a "cwm.zip" - I've finally found the source of that file - here.

I checked the recovery binary using "strings" to see if it was a "dangerous" or "safe" one.

Code:
adodd@quadmonkey:~/Documents/galaxynote/tmp/sbin$ strings recovery |grep discard
warning: %s: Wipe via secure discard failed, used discard instead
discard_after_textures
discard_before_textures
Can't discard critical data on CRC error.
discard
discard
The key here is that warning - if that string is present in a binary, it is most likely a dangerous one. Since there have been multiple reports of bricks associated with this zip file, I've sent the moderators a report that this release should be removed.


DON'T USE CWM.zip (touch recovery) at all

Present option to root ICS ROM is

So present option for rooting is - You can select any of one.

1. Short, easy - requires to reset counter

-Download Odin (.tar) version of custom kernel like Notecore, Speedmod, CF root kernel Or other any with same function.
-Flash it using PC odin for PDA tab.
-You will get exclamation mark and raised counter, which can be reset with Triangle Away

2. Long, No raised couter OR Exclamation mark
-Downgrade to Rootable GB ROM and Root it. OR Download This pre rooted GB ROM and flash using PC Odin
-Wipe cache, data and delvic cache from recovery
-Install Mobile Odin Pro
-Copy ICS ROM file in .tar (you want to flash) to Internal SD card (recommended, but you can have it on EXT too)
-Copy one of custom Kernel in .tar file e.g.Notecore, Speedmod, CF root kernel Or other any with same function.
-Open Mobile Odin Pro
-select open file
-Point to ROM file you have copied
-All fiels will popup and feel automatically
-select kernel and point to custom kernel file you have copied
Flash.
Done!
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Damn !!! just when you think we're making progress and things and things are getting 'safer' something like this happens

Good find well done !!
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Do we have any working methods for rooting the latest 4.0.4 Stock ROMS at the moment ?

Or do we need to wait till a fixed CWM is available ?
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I think available option is
-Flashing custom kernel with PC odin, and then reseting counter with triangle away
-switching Rooted ROM to ICS with Mobile odin pro
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Originally Posted by dr.ketan

Warning about using CWM.zip to root or flash any file
Or it is same unsafe like using backup/restore/wipe function with CWM.zip

backup?! is backup also dangerous on an effected kernel? I understand it writes the backup image ,but that's usually to the external SD card which is unaffected by the bug due to different hardware

are you sure a backup is as dangerous as a restore? I backup all the time on an affected kernel
2nd August 2012, 03:24 PM |#6  
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How about mobile odin. Is it safe.

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I'm on anidroid rom with anidroid kernel and recovery.


Will I brick when I wipe in cwm using this setup?

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Originally Posted by dr.ketan

-switching Rooted ROM to ICS with Mobile odin pro

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Originally Posted by Yin-Yang

How about mobile odin. Is it safe.

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Yes, Mobile Odin should be safe if you read what Dr.Ketan said.

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I'm on anidroid rom with anidroid kernel and recovery.


Will I brick when I wipe in cwm using this setup?

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No, you are safe. From everything I am reading, this is different.
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Damn it. I used to flash SpeedMod kernel from "CWM.zip" to root ICS.
But only kernels not ROMs or never used it to factory reset or backup / restore.


From now on I'll use only PC Odin.

edit...

I just checked that Note has 12 partitions and one of those is kernel partition. And last thing I want is corrupt kernel partition.

As Dr Ketan and Entropy told, stay away from "CWM.zip"
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This is really weird. Ive been using this cwm to flash ics and gb and my phone does have the emmc bug. I made this like 6 or 7 times and had no problem at all... o.o maybe im just lucky

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Are there any other ways to root the device, now that CWM.zip is known to be dangerous....

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