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Hackers Regain Root Access on Google Chromecast

by Killian Bell | August 24, 2014August 24, 2014 2:00 pm PST

Google-Chromecast With USB

A team of hackers has been able to regain root access on the Google Chromecast. Google had locked down the media streaming device shortly after its release, but a vulnerability in the latest firmware allows a new exploit to break down those barriers… with some caveats.

Before you get too excited, you should know that while rooting your Chromecast is a relatively easy process, it requires some additional hardware that the average user probably won’t have lying around — such as a Teensy 2 or Teensy 2++ device. You’ll also need a 1GB flash drive and a powered USB OTG cable.

Once you have those things, you’ll need to download the necessary software from the XDA Developers thread by following the source link below. You’ll also find a step-by-step installation guide here. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes in total, and once it is complete, you’ll have a Chromecast with root access.

While this root isn’t as straightforward as rooting an Android-powered smartphone or tablet, it is the only way, thanks to Google’s strict security. It’s also compatible with all Chromecast devices running the latest “17977” software, so you don’t need to hunt around on eBay for a rare early unit that hasn’t yet been updated.

If you haven’t already picked up a Chromecast yet and you live in the U.K., now’s the perfect time to buy one. A number of retailers are selling the device for just £18 right now, saving you £12 off the regular retail price.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...