Monday, August 9, 2010
Progress in rooting NAND-protected Android AU IS01/Docomo LYNX SH-10B
Posted by SBS
The newest Android handset is from Sharp and includes both a one-seg TV tuner and IR support for sending/receiving contacts, features that have been noticeably absent from the other Android offerings. It also appears to include another, not-so-nice feature: NAND protection similar to what HTC built into the Desire and Evo, making it impossible (at first) to write to the /system partition, even when using the unix command su (switch user) to execute commands with root privilege.
Fortunately for HTC handset owners, by far and away the largest Android hacking community if focused on HTC devices, so it didn't take long at all for the countermeasures employed by HTC to be circumvented. Unfortunately for owners of the IS01/LYNX SH-10B, it is probably going to take a bit longer for this new Sharp handset.
Over at Komugi.net is a write up (J) on getting root access. While they successfully obtained a root prompt (#) in the shell, they ran into the following problems: