[TUT]New way to get root! (4.4.2 and below)

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gerickjohn

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Well, if anyone's been following the front page recently, Geohot was able to create an apk that would root our phones that is running Kernels before June 3. Tested it myself and figured it's the easiest way to root if you're on Kitkat. This should work on most phones, if not all.


Source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2783157
APK Download: towelroot.com

1. Download towel root apk from towelroot.com.
2. Run towel root and let it install the SU binary and reboot your phone. (With the latest update, You don't need to reboot your phone to be rooted)
3. Download and install Super SU apk version 2.0 from playstore or here.
4. Run super SU and let it update its binary by normal method (no recovery needed if super SU version is 2.0+).

[Optional]:
5. Reboot and run Super SU yet again and go to settings to move Super SU into /system as a system apk.
6. Reboot to get full root as system app.
7. Install recovery and busybox (busybox should not be installed in case of using [nut]'s dual recovery).

Steps provided by Cookie Ninja. (Modified a bit by me)

RECOVERY: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2261606

and that's pretty much it. Installed recovery, Updated my Binary through TWRP and I'm all set. :laugh: (You can update it through the normal method now. It's fixed!)


I've tested this on my Xperia Z (C6603) Locked Bootloader running 4.4.2 Stock Kitkat 10.5.A.0.230

Confirmed Working for LB 4.4.2 and 4.3.

If you're looking to root 4.4.4, please follow this guide by KingVortex
 
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SONiX-GERMANY

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Not tried yet, but if it works ( and i think so) geohot is a genius. Again. :thumbup:

Sent from my Xperia Arc S running Xperia UltraZ v2 Rom
 

fards

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Was looking at how he did it.
Interesting indeed. Wonder how pinkie pie found that one


In case anyone is interested is using a very similar to exploit to rage Against the cage.. An old exploit
http://thesnkchrmr.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/rageagainstthecage/

This will trigger most anti viruses, can't see anything else in there that's dodgy, but it's just the brute force attack ratc that triggers them.

Sent from my C6603 using Tapatalk
 
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mario_666

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Yeah. It works. You need only install SuperSu.apk v1.99 because this from market play cant actuall binaries.

Wysłane z mojego C6603 przy użyciu Tapatalka
 

mario_666

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deerhurst

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Geohot is the man! I used his work in my iPhone days and glad to see he is still playing with exploits.

Sent from my C6606 on 4.4.2 KitKat
 

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    Well, if anyone's been following the front page recently, Geohot was able to create an apk that would root our phones that is running Kernels before June 3. Tested it myself and figured it's the easiest way to root if you're on Kitkat. This should work on most phones, if not all.


    Source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2783157
    APK Download: towelroot.com

    1. Download towel root apk from towelroot.com.
    2. Run towel root and let it install the SU binary and reboot your phone. (With the latest update, You don't need to reboot your phone to be rooted)
    3. Download and install Super SU apk version 2.0 from playstore or here.
    4. Run super SU and let it update its binary by normal method (no recovery needed if super SU version is 2.0+).

    [Optional]:
    5. Reboot and run Super SU yet again and go to settings to move Super SU into /system as a system apk.
    6. Reboot to get full root as system app.
    7. Install recovery and busybox (busybox should not be installed in case of using [nut]'s dual recovery).

    Steps provided by Cookie Ninja. (Modified a bit by me)

    RECOVERY: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2261606

    and that's pretty much it. Installed recovery, Updated my Binary through TWRP and I'm all set. :laugh: (You can update it through the normal method now. It's fixed!)


    I've tested this on my Xperia Z (C6603) Locked Bootloader running 4.4.2 Stock Kitkat 10.5.A.0.230

    Confirmed Working for LB 4.4.2 and 4.3.

    If you're looking to root 4.4.4, please follow this guide by KingVortex
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    @gerickjohn,
    Can you please update the OP with the following:
    1. Download towel root apk from /website/.
    2. Run towel root and let it install the SU binary and reboot your phone /insert screenshot for reference/.
    3. Download and install Super SU apk version 2.0 from play store /insert link, if necessary/.
    4. Run super SU and let it update its binary by normal method /no recovery needed if super SU version is 2.0+/.
    5. Reboot and run Super SU yet again and go to settings to move Super SU into /system as a system apk.
    6. Reboot to get full root as system app.
    7. Optional installation of recovery and busybox (busybox should not be installed in case of using [nut]'s dual recovery).
    Thanks.

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    Here u go http://download.chainfire.eu/420/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99.zip

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    ---------- Post added at 10:46 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:44 PM ----------

    Here u go http://download.chainfire.eu/420/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99.zip u must extract zip

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    @gerickjohn,
    Can you please update the OP with the following:
    1. Download towel root apk from /website/.
    2. Run towel root and let it install the SU binary and reboot your phone /insert screenshot for reference/.
    3. Download and install Super SU apk version 2.0 from play store /insert link, if necessary/.
    4. Run super SU and let it update its binary by normal method /no recovery needed if super SU version is 2.0+/.
    5. Reboot and run Super SU yet again and go to settings to move Super SU into /system as a system apk.
    6. Reboot to get full root as system app.
    7. Optional installation of recovery and busybox (busybox should not be installed in case of using [nut]'s dual recovery).
    Thanks.

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    Done, How's that? :D
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    This also works on T-Mobiles Xperia Z C6606 running 4.3 (Build 10.4.C.0.814) At least it did for me... :laugh::good: