Device updates that break root are fairly common - in fact, I'd go so far as to say that the majority of updates do so. What's a bit less common, though, is an update that resets your device because you're rooted. The device in question here is the NOOKcolor, and unfortunately it looks like that's exactly what's happening.

Before I dive into the details, I think it's important to note that I doubt that even as much as manufacturers and carriers dislike when people root their device, it's pretty far over the line for them to remotely wipe the devices of people who have done so. In other words (TL;DR), I think it's unintentional and B&N has no nefarious intent.

Thanks to some detective work by leeh41, it looks like the issue is that there's an update rolling out for the NC, but some rooted users are running an auto config script that disables OTA updates. When the NC tries to ping the mother ship for updates, it results in an authentication error, and because of this, the device thinks there's some sort of glitch in the software and does a full factory reset. At this point in time, it looks like the fix is to manually remove the relevant code from the script, as shown in leeh41's post - but then you're open to OTA updates.

So now you know - and knowing is half the battle. Just don't freak out and think B&N is going around remotely wiping rooted devices just because.

[Source: Reddit, XDA (1), (2)]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

    meh, it's only a matter of a short while, someone will alter that code so it either does not need to touch base with that server (touch based instead with the new ROM server) or just easily re-root it.

    I don't see it being a big issue for most, less making sure they have a backup rom like most of us do/should with our current devices so we can easily restore it when a patch is made (which again generally happens before the release or immediately after). :D

    It's pointless for "the man" to fight the masses.

  • Dangerkyle

    Please remove the incorrect statements when updating a post. Thank you.

    • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

      what are the incorrect statements and when did it get updated?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Which statements are those?

  • Simon Belmont

    Heh. I just got a Nook Color for Christmas, so I am sort of glad I did not get around to rooting it yet because of this.

    Having a device wiped, whether unintentional or not, is still annoying. Thanks for reporting this.

  • Xboxexpert

    Awwww...B&N Breaking the law is not funny but no one reports about that. Study the laws and see why it isn't cool to FORCE updates upon users who own a device. Write a story about that why don't you.

  • tony

    my real question is what's in the update? is this the first-party FroYo update?