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Motorola says Droid X bootloader lock not fatal

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Fri July 16, 2010

Motorola says Droid X won't brick if hacked

Motorola has responded to reports that the Droid X has a hardware security protocol that would reportedly brick it rather than let hackers install different types of software. The hardware maker says Droid X handsets will not be permanently rendered useless by unsuccessful hacking attempts, but instead be prevented from booting if unapproved software is detected on the device. It will go into recovery mode, and can be re-booted once properly approved software is re-installed.

This should encourage any hackers to freely experiment with the Droid X's OS, knowing they can reboot it with proper software if their attempts prove less than successful. The response also confirms beliefs that the phone will not be bricked, as it uses similar security measures as the Milestone, which doesn't brick the phone when modifying the bootloader.

by MacNN Staff



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