Well now this is kind of exciting news, the Amazon Fire TV Cube can now be rooted (for now). Exploitee.rs has unleashed FireFU on the world so we can now get root level privileges on the Amazon Fire TV Cube. I have been pretty detached from the root world for some time now but up until the last few phones I had been rooting Android devices since I got my first one and I have to say I am kind of excited to root something again.
According to Exploitee.rs:
“FireFU is an exploit chain leveraging a read write primitive from the FireTV Cube and Pendant’s Amlogic S905Z microcontroller along with a heap overflow within the parsing of the devices RSV partition table allowing for the running of unsigned code.”
Looking through the process FireFU is pretty involved to flash and certainly not something you will want to try if you do not have any experience with such things. To Root the Amazon Fire TV Cube you will need:
Once you have everything you need to to first prepare your HDMI Breakout Board and your Arduino then you will be ready to root your Amazon Fire TV Cube. Exploitee.rs does a pretty good job of explaining this process so I will not get into it here but will say that you should have a pin out diagram of an HDMI cable handy before jumping in.
While I am not entirely sure why we need to root an Amazon Fire TV Cube or how long this will last before Amazon patches the exploit I will still be giving this a shot. Having a good amount of experience rooting and working with Arduino I do not expect many issues but I will be sure to let you know if I run into anything.
What do you think, Is it worth rooting your Amazon Fire TV Cube? Let me know in the comments below.
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