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Default How did they crack root?

I'm not asking how do I root my phone. That's already done. My question is, how did the original devs figure out how to root Android? Did they brute force the passwd? Did it leak from Google?

I'm just curious how it was done the first time.
 
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The first time root access was actually already available, as we could issue a command just typing it in the address book search. However this security hole was closed with an update quickly.
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So how does the current root software work? Does it use a cracked password?
 
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So how does the current root software work? Does it use a cracked password?
As for the Nexus One, you can unlock the bootloader, therefore letting you install whatever you want (Superuser Permission)
 
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So how does the current root software work? Does it use a cracked password?
No, there is no password involved. Rooting the various devices involves using an exploit to gain elevated privileges, then using them to install a new boot image that enables root access thereafter.
 
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So how does the current root software work? Does it use a cracked password?
What current root software? What the hell are you talking about? Are you just talking about the Nexus One, or other Android phones?

If you're talking about the Nexus One in particular, Google/HTC designed the phone to be easily unlocked/rooted out of the box. I thought you said your phone was rooted. If so, don't you remember how you did it? Pretty simple, eh? What made you think there was some special software involved?
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