Earlier in the month, Verizon rolled out a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 update that squashed an exploit associated with the device’s Exynos processor. That update though re-locked the bootloader on the device leaving owners wondering when an unlock might return. That day has arrived as the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 bootloader has been unlocked once again.
Back in December, Verizon Galaxy Note 2 owners got a bit of a surprise when the bootloader for the device was unlocked, allowing users to install custom ROMs. Then, in January, Verizon unsurprisingly rolled out a software update that it said took care of security issues. One of those issues was likely the Exynos malware exploit that Samsung and its carriers have been plugging up.
Another “security issue” that the update addressed it seems was the unlocked bootloader. Specifically, the update locked the bootloader up nice and tight once again. Fortunately though, it has been cracked once again thanks to XDA-Developer Forums, courtesy of Droid-Life.
The team originally responsible for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 bootloader unlock, Adam Outler and company, are back again and this time they have released a tool that works with the latest update from Verizon.
It appears that the update only works with Windows and Linux based users at the moment but there is no ruling out a Mac version of the unlock at this point. It may come further down the road.
The instructions can be found through the forums, and as we’ve said before, we advise those who have never attempted something like this to be extremely careful. There is no telling what might happen to the device when using the process. So, for those that are taking the plunge for the first or second time, please be careful.
Look for Verizon to lock the bootloader at some point again down the road, but from the looks of things, it appears that it may never stay locked for long.