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 […]

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