All credit, and a personal thanks goes out to open1your1eyes0 for the use of his S4 Bounty template here.
I put priority on getting this up quickly - so pretty directly used his format to get the bounty thread up and running.
While other S5 variants have been fortunate enough to receive root (and on some, unlocked BL) upon release day, we over here on the Verizon have had the unfortunate experience of ever-increasing doubt in whether root will be achieved on our device. As the logical (and expected) progression from the S4, the S5 is locked down tighter than a drum - and the consensus on this device is that root would be worthy of higher accolades, than what root and unlocked bootloaders would have garnished in past Galaxy devices. I would like to personally offer a $500 bounty to the first person able to find or create a method, exploit, or unlock that allows us to fully root and provide the necessary steps for rooting the Verizon (and now, ATT) Galaxy S5 here on XDA. I am hoping this bounty, as with any others that choose to pledge here, would be a helpful motivation to the developers willing to invest the time and effort in helping us unlock the potential of this great new device. Or (where applicable) that this bounty will be a humble counter-offer to other potential sources of revenue for such work.
As the level of difficulty increases with each new device, the level of appreciation and admiration for those willing to find (and help find) such exploits increases exponentially. I cannot express my gratitude enough, for those who choose to tackle such an endeavor. In this vein, I would highly encourage any and all VZW/ATT S5 users to consider pledging a donation towards the efforts in helping us achieve this first-step. Please consider chipping in to this bounty, as this can only help increase our chances - and will help keep our variant in the minds of those who are willing and capable of finding an exploit. Those who want to help find an exploit, such as myself, but that lack the knowledge and experience in linux/java - this is your opportunity to help by contributing within your means. To reemphasize; this bounty is for achieving a root method/exploit only, and will apply to an unlock that precedes an explicit root method.
Greatly looking forward to anyone interested in becoming a candidate in this challenge to find a means for root.
Please note before making a post in the thread please refer to the below list to see if your post will be acceptable. If it is not part of this list, your post will be reported and you may risk getting an infraction as per forum moderators.
Please note you may not make any specific restrictions or requirements that aren't listed in the OP. By making a post with your contribution price you are agreeing to paying out based on all terms listed in OP only and nowhere else.
MODERATOR EDIT - Policies regarding pledges that are both against bounty guidelines and non-enforcable have been removed.
Please be advised that if Verizon or Samsung is to release an official method of unlocking the bootloader (extremely unlikely but must be accounted for) prior to any member of XDA's submission, this bounty automatically becomes invalidated.
Please do not PM a pledge, they will not be counted.
List of Acceptable Posts:
New bounty submission or increase of current bounty
Questions or assistance in development of a root, recovery, or bootloader unlock method
Questions and answers regarding bootloaders on this device
Questions and answers regarding the nature of lockdown on this device
Questions and answers regarding eFuse/qFuse and emmc write-protects
Questions and answers regarding kernel and bootloader-related exploits
If you're working on such a method or exploit, then any status updates you have on it
Thanks again to all who contribute. If I was too hasty in getting this up and left something out (or was otherwise inaccurate), please PM me. If I do not get your pledge up immediately, bare with me and have no fear; I will update promptly between 9am-11pm PDT... Now lets get this thing rolling!
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