How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

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MurrayR
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How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by MurrayR » Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:56 am

What happens in the future if we ever inadvertently screw up the rooted Roku with experimental firmware, or just need to restore original Roku firmware if passing the device on to someone else?

Will a factory reset restore original firmware from ROM? Has anyone tried it?

And if that factory firmware is an older non-hackable version 4.something, as it probably is, and Roku has already patched the security hole in their latest 5.4+ firmware, does that mean we can never root the device again?

Could we possibly save the current version 5.3 rooted firmware in a way that could be restored in future in order to prevent that?

roku3d
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Re: How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by roku3d » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:07 am

sure wish someone could do this because the build now as of Tueday has already blocked the old exploit.

5.3 build 3063

I think first you should disconnect your roku from the internet (unplug your wireless router from your cable modem so the roku can't update but it sis still on your LAN.)

then look at the version of your roku.

if you have the old version before the patch It sure would be nice if you could somehow download it by telnet from your computer or something.

some better guru could answer this better.

the patched updates are happening NOW so unplugg your cable modem from your router so your roku cant get it whenever you turn your roku on. if you turn on your roku or leave it connected and it is connected to the internet then the update will take place so don't do it!

drh
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Re: How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by drh » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:09 am

This sucks, I just bought a Roku 2 XS to deploy this hack on.

Out of the box, I was able to get into the developer menu but I couldn't get to the password screen without letting the box update first.

Now its updated, I can get to the reset password screen but the box doesn't do the same thing as in the video, when I put the command in and click reset password, the password field just clears!?!?!

If thats because build 3063 already fixes the problem, that was a short lived hack because that infer's the hack is already dead and buried unless someone already has a box pre 3063 that has been activated.
I couldn't see any way around being able to get the reset password option up without first activating the box and to do that you have to also let it update :-(

So have I just wasted nearly £70??

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Re: How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by AZImmortal » Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:01 pm

So just to confirm what drh is asking, it's not possible to buy a brand new Roku that hasn't been updated and root it?

drh
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Re: How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by drh » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:18 am

It looks like that from my experience but I would like one of the guru's involved with the hack to confirm!

I bought a box from amazon a couple of days after the announcement.
Clearly this box had old firmware on because as soon as I booted it up, it wanted to be updated.

I was able to get into the developer menu from the update screen BUT I was unable to complete the process documented because every time the box rebooted, it wanted to update before I could access the correct menu for implementing the hack (the password menu).

:-(

drh
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Re: How to save and restore current Roku firmware?

Post by drh » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:58 am

I've decided to return my Roku 2 XS as I only bought it last week.

I bought the device within 2 days of the hack being announced and As Roku have been arses and blocked this hack already, I've decided to return my Roku to Amazon for a refund in protest.

Allowing us to tinker with our hardware to use 3rd party services like XBMC etc wouldn't have hurt them, if anything it would have encouraged more sales!!

I've got an abundance of streaming options already, so I won't be missing anything. I only bought it to tinker with and as the hack has already been blocked, I see no reason to gift Roku with my money.

I would praise them for their swift response to the hack, but its actually back-fired on them in my opinion because I think they would have seen a significant increase in sales from people like ourselves who like to tinker with their devices, side loading otherwise non-supported apps.

It is however their prerogative to curtail their devices usage and its our prerogative to say screw you then, have it back if we can't do what we want with our purchases :-)

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