It’s been years since the GTV Hacker team revealed a method to gain root access on Roku devices, but now they are operating under Utilization.rs banner and once again pointed to a software crack for streaming hardware.
Approved by RootMyRoku developer llamasoft, the exploit exploited a pair of vulnerabilitiess to maintain an ongoing root jailbreak. It should work on RokuOS v9.4.0 using the Realtek WiFi chip, with “almost all” Roku TVs and some of the boxes. RokuOS 10 blocks this specific approach, but you may not have received the update yet.
Obviously this is useful for enthusiasts who want more control over their box, but it highlights some security issues, and on the Github page, the developer begged Roku to follow the lead of other companies in create a bug bounty program. That pays off for people to find this exploit, to give them more reason to seek out and highlight them so they can be healed, than to commit any other evil activity.
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