There has been a lot of buzz about the T-Mobile G2 by HTC and it did not take the development boys long to root it either. However a problem was discovered that after rooting was done, the changes were lost when the device was rebooted. As it turns out, HTC has developed a new security measure that installs some software into the read-only memory and does not allow any of the modifications to be saved to memory after re-booting the device.
AndroidGuys got the skinny straight from T-Mobile:
Code-Level Modifications to the G2
As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support innovation. The T-Mobile G2 is a powerful and highly customizable Android-powered smartphone, which customers can personalize and make their own, from the look of their home screen to adding their favorite applications and more.
The HTC software implementation on the G2 stores some components in read-only memory as a security measure to prevent key operating system software from becoming corrupted and rendering the device inoperable. There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level, known as “rooting,” but a side effect of HTC’s security measure is that these modifications are temporary and cannot be saved to permanent memory. As a result the original code is restored.
Anyone care to wager on how long it will take the Hacker world to circumvent this?
Stay tuned for more on this issue.