FlashFire tool gets update – say Hello to Android 6.0 and OTA support

The FlashFire tool from developer Chainfire has been updated today and, starting now, you will not have to manually update every time there is an Android update being released. Rooting has become more of an usual action now, when Android OS keeps changing and maturing, and one measure that made modding a much less desired action is the need to always keep up to date with things via manual updates. Now, FlashFire has added support for OTA packages and for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.       FlashFire’s original purpose was to flash full firmware images and to update ZIP files, as well as backup and restore devices. The latest updates change the use of the app as it can now install OTA packages without the need to re-root your device. It also offers support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and SuperSU’s systemless root. FlashFire can now restore original boot.img, it can flash official OTA packages and it can re-root a new boot.img or back up an original boot.img without the user’s regular assistance.   As an example, if you want to root a Nexus device and keep updating, the app will almost automatically keep you updated. Remember that you will have to give OTAs an unmodified /system partition in order for them to be installed safely. After a new update has been downloaded, you have to launch FlashFire and it will take care of everything after detecting the package.   Even if the app was originally meant to work on Samsung and Nexus devices only, now […]

Chainfire’s systemless root allows automated boot image patching on installation

Chainfire’s systemless root is now allowing automated boot image patching when you install. This basically means that you don’t have to upload specific boot images for smartphones and tablets because the zip installer for SuperSu will install in systemless mode and patch the boot image automatically. This will only work on Android 6.0 and Touchwiz based on Android 5.1 for now. Keep checking the compatibility of the Beta on the forums.       The installation is pretty simple this time around, all you have to do is reflash the stock ROM when you move from normal SuperSu installations in the /system partition. Users with a previous systemless installation will also have to flash the stock kernel before flashing this Beta zip.   Official dev notes on the beta:   “The boot image patcher currently only supports gzip compressed ramdisks and the standard Android boot image format. Some devices do not use the standard format, and many custom kernels use a compression other than gzip. A backup is made (/data/stock_boot_.img.gz) of the original kernel before patching it. … The script inside the ZIP usually contains a lot of specific docs, but for systemless I have not written that part yet. The sukernel tool that does a lot of the patching magic is very chatty, telling you exactly what it does and how. In TWRP you can see it’s output with “adb shell cat /tmp/recovery.log” after installing the ZIP.”   Chainfire assures users that the future updates for systemless root will be much easier to use , so […]

Samsung Galaxy S6 gets Chainfire’s CF -Auto-Root ready for unlocked bootloaders

Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to make an appearance in a few weeks, but it already has an updated version of CF Auto Root ready to fire from Chainfire. Some versions of Galaxy S6 already have a root method this way, but keep in mind we’re talking only about the unlocked bootloader versions.     The new CF Auto Root version was already tested on a device and it was successful in receiving root. The first builds of the application are already available for SM-G925T and SM-G920T, otherwise known as T Mobile’s S6 Edge and S6. Sadly, Galaxy S6 versions from carriers will have locked bootloaders, which means the rooting process will be that more difficult. Rooting will require some exploiting, which is unknown at the moment because Samsung may patch it. If and when you take advantage of the CF Auto Root on a Galaxy S6, you should know that it may trip the KNOX security flag, which will render Samsung Pay disabled. Source: AndroidPolice

SuperSU version 2.35 available for download in Google Play Store

SuperSU version 2.35 is now available for download from the Google Play Store, after a good beta run. Lollipop users can now try the popular tool as it now works with more root apps than before. The file can be flashed via the regular ZIP in TWRP or other custom recoveries, whichever suits you best, and updates will be coming via Google Play Store in the future.       Chainfire has been working on getting the app to run with root apps since the dev preview, but all new releases until now had problems. Everything seems much better now, and the root permission manager is starting properly, at boot, on Lollipop devices. In case you are running SuperSU on an older device, which does not have the current Android version, the update is usual business.   Among the more visual updates you will find a new logo and minor visual elements that make the tool look much better and in-sync with Lollipop. You can also choose from new and old launcher icons in the settings menu if you don’t like the new look. [googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu”]

Chainfire’s SuperSu gets beta for rooting Lollipop without using a modified kernel

Chainfire is closer and closer to developing a perfect way of rooting devices without the help of modified kernels. The first attempt is the newest SuperSU beta – version 2.27 – where you will no longer need a modified kernel in order to root Lollipop devices. But if you try this beta release, be warned you could damage your device more than free it from all boundaries.   The previous modded kernel will not create any troubles, but Chainfire is looking for some feedback on the beta, so if you feel courageous, go ahead and give it a try on a secondary device. In case you’re up to it, you should flash back to stock Android and re-root using the new beta SuperSU. When you will try to get root without the kernel, you may get hung up on some errors, as the method is much more invasive than usual ways.   If the beta proves to be viable, it will be updated on the Google Play Store. Remember that Lollipop devices cannot install OTA updates unless their root is reverted.   Source: AndroidPolice

SuperSU Beta available for testing on Lollipop – Chainfire is looking for feedback

If you’re a rooting lover and dev, you may want to try the SuperSU Beta and give Chainfire a hand in perfecting the update to Android 5.0. Lollipop is a big step towards security with its implementation of SELinux and, even if it managed to get root access on Lollipop just after release, Chainfire had a little bit more trouble in succeeding than usual. A large number of root apps are broken on Lollipop 5.0 and most of them may be fixed by the new SuperSU build. Just in case you’re interested in the SuperSU v2.23BETA, you can give Chainfire’s official site a click. They are always accepting feedback on root apps, especially on those busted with Lollipop that probably don’t work with the beta. SuperSU is a standard TWRP flashable ZIP that doesn’t do harm to your device, if you know how to install it safely of course. In order to enable it on Lollipop, you will need a patched CFAR kernel, an action you will luckily have to do only once. Be careful flashing! Source: AndroidPolice