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D3RP_

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Would it be possible to modify the .bin in an OTA sideload for a root? Am I missing a key point in how this works? Or is it just, no one's done it yet?

Edit: I guess it just took a passion and a situation. See thread for unlock.


Edit Part 2: Electric Boogaloo: Just a quick recap of what's happened here. From the bootloader screen on my Pixel 2 (Walleye) I ran the
Code:
 Fastboot flashing lock_critical
command, which then gave me a menu asking if I really want to lock it, or unlock it, I clicked unlock, and here we are. So far, only @zinchalk has confirmed this working. I would love for more people to try this out on their Verizon Pixel 2's and come back with the results. This was either the weirdest fluke of all time, or the best mistake Verizon has ever made. Either way, I hope it works for you :)

Edit 3: Well there's the January Patch This looks like it 'fixes' the bypass.
Correction: Nevermind, nothing is confirmed yet. And the people have decided there is no way this could be patched that quickly.

Edit 4: I'm seeing way too many people posting about bricked phones. Please don't do this UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I cannot live knowing that someone ruined their phone with this method. Please be safe.
@SoloTSi97 has confirmed this does work on the January 5th security patch!

Edit 5: There it is, we have people confirming the Verizon OTA being pushed this late January is patching the fastboot unlock method. Keep this in mind down the road guys.
 
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Diesel_Jeremiah

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Would it be possible to modify the .bin in an OTA sideload for a root? Am I missing a key point in how this works? Or is it just, no one's done it yet?
Have you found a way to unlock the bootloader on a Verizon phone?

Or are you thinking modify the .bin would achieve unlocking the bootloader?

As far as I've read, no one has bothered since you can purchase direct from Google and OEM unlock the bootloader. Then root through Magisk is simple.

Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
 

D3RP_

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Have you found a way to unlock the bootloader on a Verizon phone?

Or are you thinking modify the .bin would achieve unlocking the bootloader?

As far as I've read, no one has bothered since you can purchase direct from Google and OEM unlock the bootloader. Then root through Magisk is simple.

Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk

lmao not that I know of. But I know it's possible to update any android through adb sideload. I'm really just grasping for straws. But because of my current situation I have a Pixel 2 from Verizon, and i'm gonna have it for a while.
 

tailsthecat3

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I've been out of the android game for a long time; just switched back from iPhone 7, to a Pixel 2 used with Verizon. Am I correct in assuming that the device is unable to be unlocked, etc.?
 

Diesel_Jeremiah

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Sell the Verizon one to someone who doesn't care for root and buy one from Google?

I used Sunshine Root for my HTC m8 years ago. They might be an option in the future. Yet again, since the Google version is easily unlocked & rooted, I don't think anyone has even tried.

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tailsthecat3

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Surely it can't be that easy. I'd say start a thread if this hasn't been noted.

---------- Post added at 18:55 ---------- Previous post was at 18:54 ----------

Just a small update. From the fastboot menu, I did
Code:
Fastboot flashing lock_critical
Which gave me the option to ''unlock bootloader'. It can't be this easy, but uhhh. I'll keep this thread updated...

^^
 

xtacocorex

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Interesting. I've been watching to see if someone gets the bootloader unlocked for the Verizon Pixel 2. In looking at the manpage for the fastboot commands, all you've really done is tell the system to lock the critical partitions (bootloader) during flashing. Pretty cool that it brought up the unlock menu.

What happens if you run `fastboot flashing get_unlock_ability`?
 

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D3RP_

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Mar 20, 2016
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Interesting. I've been watching to see if someone gets the bootloader unlocked for the Verizon Pixel 2. In looking at the manpage for the fastboot commands, all you've really done is tell the system to lock the critical partitions (bootloader) during flashing. Pretty cool that it brought up the unlock menu.

What happens if you run `fastboot flashing get_unlock_ability`?

Sorry for the late reply. When I do that, I get
Code:
(bootloader) get_unlock_ability: 0
 

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    Would it be possible to modify the .bin in an OTA sideload for a root? Am I missing a key point in how this works? Or is it just, no one's done it yet?

    Edit: I guess it just took a passion and a situation. See thread for unlock.


    Edit Part 2: Electric Boogaloo: Just a quick recap of what's happened here. From the bootloader screen on my Pixel 2 (Walleye) I ran the
    Code:
     Fastboot flashing lock_critical
    command, which then gave me a menu asking if I really want to lock it, or unlock it, I clicked unlock, and here we are. So far, only @zinchalk has confirmed this working. I would love for more people to try this out on their Verizon Pixel 2's and come back with the results. This was either the weirdest fluke of all time, or the best mistake Verizon has ever made. Either way, I hope it works for you :)

    Edit 3: Well there's the January Patch This looks like it 'fixes' the bypass.
    Correction: Nevermind, nothing is confirmed yet. And the people have decided there is no way this could be patched that quickly.

    Edit 4: I'm seeing way too many people posting about bricked phones. Please don't do this UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I cannot live knowing that someone ruined their phone with this method. Please be safe.
    @SoloTSi97 has confirmed this does work on the January 5th security patch!

    Edit 5: There it is, we have people confirming the Verizon OTA being pushed this late January is patching the fastboot unlock method. Keep this in mind down the road guys.
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    Holy smokes. We know it works, enough already. What a bore fest.

    Sent from my Pixel 2 using XDA-Developers Legacy app

    Oh let them have their fun, every confirm is a good thing.
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    Final Update

    So that worked. Currently rooted with TWRP on my Verizon Pixel 2. Spread the word, or don't.
    3
    I'll come right out and say it.... I don't care one bit about the security implications this exploit revealed. If someone has stolen my phone, then the last thing I am worried about is how easy or hard it is for them to bypass FRP. My phone is gone and it's not coming back either way.

    It feels like we're all worried about something in theory but it doesn't have any practical effect. Let's just enjoy the benefits of it as device owners who have the right to do whatever we want to a product we own... Before it's too late and gets patched.

    I think the people afraid of the implications are actually more afraid for companies than themselves. I can say with 99% certainty, because this was released and is not public information, someone is getting fired. Which may lead to stricter lock procedures. Or (for what i'm hoping) Verizon will give up on locking bootloaders. But it's really up in the air right now
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    What are the (if any) downsides to doing this? I don't plan to flash a new rom or anything, but I don't want to lose the opportunity to in the future. Does this open me up to security holes? Is there a way to save my data so after unlocking I still have everything?

    Edit: Also, how much time do I have to do this? Is this something that Verizon/Google can fix without me knowing? Or would I need to take an OTA update for it to be fixed?

    Edit 2: A more general question: Does the Pixel 2 do OTA updates automatically or will I be prompted to have it update? In other words, if Verizon pushes an update in the middle of the night, will my phone automatically update?

    You can use the backup feature on the pixel 2 to reload your apps and settings.

    Rooting always exposes you to some level of security risk, but so does driving a car. Hasn't stopped me from doing either.

    You can take as much time as you need to decide if you want to do this, but if you update past the December security patch, there is no guarantee you can get it to unlock.

    OTA updates will still be pushed to your device, but will not relock your bootloader.

    Correction:
    They will fail to install automatically if you have root. You will have to side load from the Google OTA repository online.