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Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli, 03/06/2020 11:29 PM
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Unsigned versions

We need to correlate some devices property (like the Android version it's shipped with, serial numbers, etc) to be able to easily differentiate between signed and unsigned versions, to makes it much more simple to get devices with unsigned bootloaders.

hpagseddy/i9100g_xloader is based on ths-backup/i9100g_xloader which has an ics (Icecream Sandwitch, an Android version) branch only.

Devices with Android 4.0.4 or 4.1.2 might have the unsigned bootloader while at least one device with Android 2.3.6 have a signed bootloader.

Signed versions

GNUtoo was given a device with the following characteristics:

Software state: Running the stock OS, unmodified
Android version: Android 2.3.6
Baseband version: IG9100GZCLC2
Kernel version: se.infra@SEI-30#2

For the IMSI, Serial numbers, etc you'd have to ask him.

To get the bootrom to try to boot on USB, you need to do the following:
  • Connect the USB cable to the device but make sure it's not connected on the computer.
  • Power off the device
  • Connect the USB cable

If we do that, we get the following in the kernel log of your laptop:

usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 24 using ehci-pci
usb 1-1: unable to get BOS descriptor or descriptor too short
usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0451, idProduct=d00f, bcdDevice= 0.00
usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=33, Product=37, SerialNumber=0
usb 1-1: Product: OMAP4430
usb 1-1: Manufacturer: Texas Instruments

We can also try to get a bit more infos with omap-usb-boot:

$ sudo omap-usb-boot -v -w boot invalidbootmedia
Finding and opening USB device
Found and opened omap4 USB device: OMAP4430
ASIC device id: 4430, HS device
Booting from device invalidbootmedia...
Booting device invalidbootmedia not found
Booting from device failed

Here we know the device is signed because it's a "HS device".
If it was not signed it would print "GP device" instead.

Source code


  • Understand how to get unsigned versions (Android version, serial number, etc)
  • Get a device with u-boot and ask samsung for source code

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli over 4 years ago · 4 revisions

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