Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Oct 2010 22:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While we rail on Apple for its closed and restrictive policies regarding its iOS, with Apple you at least know what you're getting into. When you buy a mobile phone running Android, many do so because of its open and more free nature than the competing platforms - so you can imagine the surprise when the hackers at xda-developers found out the brand-new T-Mobile G2 has a hardware rootkit that will always restore the phone's original operating system upon installing a different ROM. HTC says it doesn't know of any such feature, and points towards the carrier (or Google).
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a rootkit? hardware protection?
by tingo on Wed 6th Oct 2010 23:15 UTC
tingo
Member since:
2007-10-13

What, so read-only filesystems with a separate data store are something new now? You could have fooled me.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Stamping the base bios or os on a rom chip so it can't be modified is nothing new at all. In a device branded as "tinker friendly" and open; it's malware regardless of the method used to do it.

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