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Exploiting Samsung Galaxy S4 Secure Boot
Exploiting Samsung Galaxy S4 Secure Boot
posted by Dan Rosenberg @ 5/23/2013 10:36:00 AM  

Launched in April 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be one of the top-selling smartphones of the year, having sold 10 million units in its first month of sales. While the majority of released models include an unlocked bootloader, which allows users to flash custom kernels and make other modifications to the software on their own devices, AT&T and Verizon branded devices ship with a locked bootloader that prevents these types of modifications. In this post, I'll provide details on how Samsung implement this locking mechanism, and publish a vulnerability in the implementation that allows bypassing the signature checks to run custom unsigned kernels and recovery images.

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