Notorious hacker Geohot (George Hotz) has turned his attention to rooting Android handsets and appears to have come up trumps with his latest exploit. For those that don’t know, Geohot managed to successfully jailbreak the PlayStation 3, which led to him being sued by Sony.
He has created Towelroot, which is an apk file that theoretically should be able to root pretty much any Android device using a kernel built before 3 June 2014 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat and lower).
A number of Sony Xperia users are reporting success in rooting their devices using towelroot including Xperia Z and ZL owners running the latest KitKat update and Xperia SP owners running Android 4.3. Other success stories have been reported by Xperia M, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia M2 owners.
To try it yourself, all you need to do is head over to the Towelroot website, click on the lambda and download the apk. Then simply run towelroot i.e. tap “make it ra1n,” to see if it has worked. Some users have problems with SU binaries not updating, if that happens to be the case, use the latest version from here. There is also a very large XDA thread discussing towelroot here.
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