fuseI read an interesting story a few days ago on MobileCrunch about how the Motorola Droid X actually self-destructs if you try to mod it.

I admit the title of the article sounds more scary than it is in reality but it still makes me worry Apple might soon do the same thing as My Droid World describes:

The eFuse is coded with information that it either looks for or is passed to it from the bootloader. The bootloader is loaded with information it looks for when it begins the boot-up process. […]

Once the the eFuse verifies that the information it is looking for or that has been passed through to it by the bootloader is correct then the boot process continues. […]

If the eFuse failes to verify this information then the eFuse receives a command to “blow the fuse” or “trip the fuse”. This results in the booting process becoming corrupted and resulting in a permanent bricking of the Phone.

A hardware fix is needed to get the phone back on once the eFuse has been activated.

I wonder if Apple will implement this at some point in the future. We know Apple is against jailbreaking and unlocking so that might be a way to put an end to it all… at least until some smart hackers figure out a way to bypass this.

What do you think?

  • bigsneakyninja

    I don’t think apple would ever stoop this low.
    Sure, they are against jailbreaking, but I think they have the brains to realise that a lot people only have an iphone for the JB itself.

  • Chazz

    i’m not sure apple is as against jailbreaking as you might think, they are just playing the game, but there’s alot of plus in it for them…

  • @Chazz I agree with you. After all, they got the idea of the App Store from Installer…

  • Benji222

    Sorry Seb. But this was proved to be not in the droid x. people THOUGHT it was.

  • David

    How can driod claim to be open if you cant moody everything in it? Furthermore is stood is open they should release the source code like Linux.

  • Benji222
  • Benji222

    So it will nto allow you to mod it currently, but all you would have to do is send a signal that you are running what you are supposed to be running and your fine.

    If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats.

    The problem will once again be checking with Motorola (apple in our case) servers. Saruik has bypassed this, i imagine something similar will happen with the droid if it even is an issue

  • TattoozNTech

    @Benji222 & Seb…. here’s the link:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/motorola-responds-to-droid-x-bootloader-controversy-says-efuse/

    here’s a quote from the end of the article, which itself included a direct quote frm Motorola:

    “So in other words, yes, eFuse will shut down a phone with an unapproved bootloader — but it won’t brick the phone, it just needs “approved software” to be dropped back on there. Knowing the wealth of talent in the Android development community, we’re still really hopeful this nonsense is going to get circumvented either way, but at least we can breathe a little easier knowing that Moto isn’t out to destroy your multi-hundred-dollar investment.”

  • ESLEHZ

    I would think that would be illegal if you own the hardware, therefore you should be able to do with it as you please.

  • Z

    As been already pointed out, Apple really would only be an “orange” without the jb community, so they sure benefit from it and, therefore, will never prevent it. Like I said before, if it was done, it can be undone or cracked/hacked.

    And another thing, Sebastien, you still honestly think that apple really cares about unlock? Not AT&T, who is responsible for this whole ‘I am the only one’ locking business? I mean imagine how pissed off my friend must have been buying a second hand locked to AT&T iPhone 3gs in Cyprus before any jb/unlock was available. He never found the guy he bought it from and was unable to use it for a while. Oh wait, and the greatest response he had from an Apple sales rep was to return the phone to the store he bought it from and they were “sorry” they couldn’t help with anything else. Amazing!

  • Dracossaint

    Hahah that’s apple and agreed with z,honestly I said this before as ,dgaf_syndrome_man ,they rely on it I think infact,also the étude has been debugged as fake ,as well ,if there was such a thing I believe it could be legal ,example Hollywood can fry Dvrs and such equipment now at will , if they’re a will there’s a way as z said

  • ccutrer

    The Xbox 360 features eFuses. Typically a new software update will intentionally blow an eFuse, preventing the user from ever downgrading to a version that has been cracked.

  • Bannana Joe

    Well, is not so far from reality.

    The most clear example is Stock iOS 4, (the one that came with the iPhone 4, 3GS brand new and the one that has been downloaded from apple via itunes), by now no one has been capable of jailbreak this one, in fact, even Hotz, disappear from the scene without any real progress.

    This means iOS 4 is strong enough to make all the hackers on his knees, now my prerogative is…what’s on the near future on the JB and Unlocking way? Can be the iOS 5 unlocked easily or we need to wait about 6 to 8 months to let free our phones… Remember has been 3 months by now without any real success.

    The horizon of the JB and Unlocking seems to be very black. And if they put one kind of security like this one…man…so help us god. Because the Dev Team, Comex or even HotZ can’t do it.

    Just with previous hacked devices, but NOT with the new ones……too bad.

  • Dracossaint

    True ,ios4 Is a hard jb,but honestly ,truth is this ,top hackers are becomeing more fickle as people become
    more angry and demanding over people doing them a favor ,I’m sure all the negatives arefar from encorageing them

  • Bannana Joe

    Totally agree, may be if people give more donations, no matter they ask for it or not, the work more happy.

    All the people that are not happy with the unlock of their devices just remember something, thay can at any time charge for this work, so, if you want to kill the only way you have to get an free JB and unlocking trie to be more kind and patient.

    Since this is a GIFT not an obligation.

    Thanks to all of you for your great job, I hope any time soon you can get something for this, in my case I donate to some orgs for this but I feel was not enough.

    Thanks for all you are the real programmers behind the wheel. 😀

  • Dracossaint

    Bravo @bannana joe,also ii agree all I can say is offer any relevant commuinties ya can digtaily or otherwise ,like if ya own a server that ain’t being used and offer hosting ,ect,ect ,bottom line as Joe said ,it’s a gift !!

  • Polemicist

    eFuse is a dangerous idea. Lets be honest – what are the chances of a software update pushed out by whoever the company is causing the phones to brick? It happened to Sprint EVO just recently. This type of hardware security is foolhardy and in the long run could cost the company a fortune in unneeded repairs. Apple probably wouldn’t do it as it knows the hackers are most likely going to defeat whatever they throw at them. This Droid boot loader could backfire badly for them.

  • Dracossaint

    Now that is true ,or they can take there common approach tooken by Microsoft / windows,play dgaf ,but I heard that the claim has been debunked ,now software bricking a phone ,if you are clever enough anyone can fix a software issues ,just need hard work,also if e-fuse was added and worked on such basis the truth is ,if they’re is failed out natuarily and sent wrong signal ,bam broken device ,Now if ya made by a sheer trigger basis ,then it would make device more fragile,the only thing I can think of that could be effective is if they made a phone without any acsses to recovery mode without a certain hardware ,that’s probaily only way to stop tampering ,now for hardware tampering ,think of it like a computer ,it can only handle so much unless others are upgraded to keep up

  • rayray173

    We have the best hackers in the world they break everything they can’t fuck with us

  • Javier

    What is this AT&T lock good for anyways ?. Apple sells twice iPhones because the other %50 is going unlocked. If it wasn’t for the unlock, apple will be selling much less phones for sure.

  • Help

    @Javier:

    (1) anyway, not anyways; (2) don’t chase a question mark with a period; and (3) either stop drinking or have someone draft for you because I can’t understand what you’re saying.

  • Help

    What’s with the htc and droid homos all over this blog? I was under the impression it was an iPhone forum, not a “hey lookey, my stuff is pretty cool too” page. Beat it gaywads. We’ve had enough of you’re attention seeking. Go start your buyers remorse page elsewhere asshammers.

  • Dracossaint

    By god people are asses >.>listen here buddy this is a blog on posabilty that they may use simlar method on next iPhone ,soooooooooooo honestly such input is extermly valid right now from the gaywads ,and ya talk about attietion seeking what would ya call what ya just did,so why don’t ya apply thoughts to your mouth ,(I can use proper grammar and edict while speaking,I am just to lazy for it.so if I speak a little bit like a caveman oh well)

  • RBHACKER

    LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR IDK IF APPLE OR EMPLOYEES OF APPLE COME AND CHECK WHATS UP WITH THE JAILBREAK COMUNNITY BECUASE THIS ((EXELLENT BLOG SITE)) TELL U INFORMATION ON IPHONES SO BASICLLY MY POINT IS IF APPLE WOULD READ THIS THIS IS FOR U ((THE IPHONE IS A GREAT DEVICE BUT THERES A BUT U GUYS NEED TO PUT IT IN THE MARKET WITH ALL THE THINGS THIS MAGNIFICENT DEVICE CAN DO IF THE IPHONE HAD ALL THE FUTURES TWEEKS AND MODS THAT YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU JAILBREAK IT WE WOULDNT NEED TO JAILBREAK EM I RIGHT????? WE ARE JUST MAKING OUR IPHONES BETTER BECAUSE YOU GUYS CANT DO IT FOR US

  • Dracossaint

    @RBHacker amen!

  • David

    Yes, If we were allow access to root there wold be now reason to jailbreak. Apple purposely makes you use itunes to try and get you to buy from them. However, itunes and ibooks is getting so big that masses like using it. Maybe in the future a selling point on their new iphone will be its open.

  • JohnDoe

    Apple needs the Jailbreak. Because of the Jailbreaks, Apple sales pretty much went up! 🙂

  • Vik071

    Why are you saying that iOS 4 is difficult to jb? Has it not already been jb’d?!?

  • Dracossaint

    I dunno ,I think this time it ain’t the whole it’s hard to jb this time ,I think it’s more it’s hard to get the sources to properly process in and I noticed similar error when I had to downgrad from 4.0 to 3.1.3 to spirit jb and noticed 50% dirges didn’t load and took an hr to load , and couldn’t get It to fix rejailbreak and all,next morning I woke up it mysteriously worked >.>,weirddd

  • Big money

    If apple bring efuse
    Hackers will bring ejailbreak

  • Javier

    @Help

    What an ass you are…seriously

  • Juan

    @Help Trying to keep the iPhone elite? You are a definite ass.

  • Juan

    Apple needs the jailbreak community. Without the community, Apple has no ideas. I’m amazed they still haven’t stolen the LockInfo idea.