Despite Verizon's best efforts to keep their own variant of the Galaxy SIII locked down, ingenious users haven't been deterred in rooting, flashing custom ROMs, and even bypassing the device's locked bootloader to use custom kernels. The fact remained, however, that VZW's SIII had a locked bootloader which, in general, is a hassle for developers and tweakers hoping to customize the SIII to its fullest potential. It was this fact that made Samsung's promised Developer Edition SIII appealing to many.

Things started to look a little brighter for SIII users on Verizon today though, with the introduction of an unsecure bootloader "leaked by an African-Canadian Sock Monkey," revealed earlier this evening at XDA.

The exploit – dubbed CASUAL for Verizon GS3 – is basically a leaked unsecure bootloader which skips signature checking on the boot partition.

It's easy to apply, but of course carries the standard warning that those who apply it do so at their own peril, and should not apply any factory updates from Samsung afterward, lest they risk bricking their device.


With Samsung's Developer Edition SIII still labeled "coming soon," this exploit may be a good option for those that already own a Verizon-connected SIII and have been yearning for an unlocked bootloader. To grab the download and find full instructions/information about the exploit, just follow the link below.

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

Source: XDA Forums

Liam Spradlin
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  • Bobdole

    Never gotten a first before.
    Eff any phone provider that locks their bootloader! FreeedommmmmmmmmM!

  • http://www.facebook.com/samusgt Josh Cornelio

    only for CDMA or GSM??? thnx for THE great newsss

    • sgtguthrie

      Cdma on Verizon only... It's the only one in the world that's locked anyway dude ;-)

      Besides, it's right in the headline... Lol!

    • fixxmyhead

      U sir fail

  • Karl Espinoza

    Suck it Verizon

  • VigorishWelkin
  • Deltaechoe

    Appropriate song for verizon


  • SunFlor

    I'm getting the following error. Any thoughts?

    Error: [Ljava.lang.Object; cannot be cast to [Ljava.lang.String;

    • dave nathan

      can you resolv this problem? i m getting the almost error too

  • Freddie

    Anyone do this on windows computer?

    • jammer

      I did it directly on my phone.

  • JADA

    The "African-Canadian Sock Monkey" gang is most likely Qualcomm themselves, as they realized that the people working on unlocking the boot-loader were getting very close in getting a more fundamental hack that would prevent all future boot-loader locks. This way they save both Verizon's face (and their company contract) and put an end to boot-loader hacking efforts, while still maintaining the option to be able at anytime to update the lower level boot-loaders to not accept this recent-hack...