#include <std_disclaimer.h> /* * Your warranty is now void. * * I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, * thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please * do some research about modifying your android system before flashing this! * YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at * me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you. Hard. A lot. */
What is this?
T-Virus (for treble-virus) is a tool that takes a stock Nokia 8 firmware and "infects" it with various parts from the Nokia 8 Sirocco firmware, generating a firmware bundle that is compilant with Project Treble and that can be flashed to a Nokia 8 using NOST.
The base of T-Virus is the stock Nokia 8 firmware image (5150 / April Security patch at the time of writing). When being run, the build script takes those files and replaces the partition table with the one from Nokia 8 Sirocco. This required for creating a vendor partition that the stock Nokia 8 does not have. The vendor image is taken from the Sirocco firmware as well. During the build, the vendor image is mounted as rw, and various files are copied over from the stock Nokia 8 system image, or get patched to properly support the minor hardware differences between the two phones. Those actions are defined through very basic scripts inside of the vendor folder in the repository.
The boot image is a modified version of my umbrella kernel, which has support for early mounting vendor. It also includes a TWRP build with full support for Project Treble.
Because Android does some very weird stuff with SELinux contexts, you cannot launch a service file when it has an unknown context. We have to fix that by force-setting the SELinux context manually, but due to how SELinux works, this is only possible on a Linux system without SELinux. This means, that you cannot build this on a distribution with SELinux (Fedora in my case). I fixed the problem by building the images in a Ubuntu VM.
How to build?
First you have to download the latest firmware image from https://tmsp.io/fs/xda/nb1/firmware, and the exdupe tool from https://www.quicklz.com/exdupe
Extract the firmware into a folder and then clone the repository, like this:
$ mkdir firmware $ ./exdupe -R ~/Downloads/NB1-5150-0-00WW-B03.qlz firmware/ $ git clone https://github.com/resident-nokia/t-virus $ cd t-virus
$ ./build.sh --version v0.1 --firmware ../firmware
When the script has finished the flashable firmware image will be inside of the out folder. You can optionally package this as a .qlz file again using exdupe.
- It boots
- Data decryption in recovery
- Flashing GSIs / OpenGApps in recovery
- Mobile Data
- Hardware buttons
- Multi SIM
- 4k Video
What doesn't work, or isn't tested
- Haptic feedback for Hardware buttons
- Bluetooth headphones don't get registered properly
- Nokia OZO audio support is missing
- Fingerprint sensor is reported as being on the back of the phone
- There might be issues with USB transfer under Windows
- VoLTE (untested)
How to install?
WARNING: This might not be useable as a daily driver. Continue only if you are able to troubleshoot things if neccessary (bootloops, bricking the phone, causing the alarm app to declare nuclear war)
You can download the latest release from the releases page on the repository. It is a .qlz firmware, so you will have to flash it through NOST. You will need a completely unlocked bootloader. When flashing, make sure to select the "Erase Userdata" option, not doing this will most certainly bootloop the phone.
After the installation completed, your phone will reboot into phh's AOSP GSI. If you want to use a different GSI (you most likely will), follow these steps:
- Download your favorite GSI
- Unpack every form of compression, so you end up with a .img file
- Boot into recovery
- Copy the .img to the internal storage of your phone, or to your SDCard
- Select "Install" -> "Install .img", select the image file you copied and flash it to your system partition
- Then install OpenGApps or any other modifications you like.
- Wipe /data to allow the new system image to boot properly and then reboot
If you want to go back to stock, simply download the 5150-revert firmware and flash it with NOST, with the "Erase Userdata" option enabled. It will revert all changes T-Virus made to your phone. Firmwares from https://tmsp.io/fs/xda/nb1 will not work.
- Repository: https://github.com/resident-nokia/t-virus
- Download: https://github.com/resident-nokia/t-virus/releases
- Reverting to stock: https://github.com/resident-nokia/t-virus/releases/tag/5150-revert
What if I have a bug?
- Upload a proper bugreport. This means logcat and dmesg. If you don't know how to get them, google it. Also, describe the issue and provide steps to replicate it. Everything else will be ignored.
- I don't daily drive this phone anymore. I am doing this just because it is an interesting technical challenge. I don't have as much motivation to fix bugs than someone who daily drives it.
I usually don't do this, but since this involved a lot of work on my side, I would be grateful if you would want to say thank you by buying me a coffee (or two): https://paypal.me/thmsp