That sure didn't take long. Just two days after the official announcement - and still a few days away from retail availability - the Droid DNA has already been rooted and gotten some goodies from famed Android modder/hacker dsb9938. Apparently the DNA is unlockable using HTC's official bootloader unlock tool, which allows a custom kernel to be flashed. The first available kernel has only been slightly modified to allow root in adb connections - a requisite in order to flash the custom recovery and root the device.

After going through the unlock process, the kernel is flashable via fasboot. With that out of the way, you're free to flash the recovery (ported to the DNA by developer Utkanos), which is also flashed with fastboot. Finally, you're ready for root.

Rooting is as straightforward as it comes - download the file, unzip, and flash in recovery, which installs the su binary and busybox. Done.

It's worth noting, however, that this will not allow you to write to the system partition while booted normally if the device is S-On - the only way to write to /system is while in recovery. S-Off will have to be achieved to modify /system while booted up normally.

For more information on the process, as well as all required downloads, check out the Droid DNA Development section over at RootzWiki.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jammer

    When rooting, why would you unzip then flash? Don't most recoveries flash zip files?

    • Scott

      Zip within a zip? Zipception.

      • jammer

        :facepalm: I was totally zipcepted.

  • dsb9938

    I am not famed. LOL

    • jayray78

      You are now.

  • dsb9938

    You do not unzip the root file.

    • jayray78

      I think he meant his pants, in excitement.

  • yashwantreddy

    So it has come to this

    • Matti

      You're out of cat food?

      • yashwantreddy

        I'm out of nexus news

  • http://www.facebook.com/njgreb Nathan Grebowiec

    utkanos made the recovery. Please correct this story.

    • dsb9938

      It's fixed, but I did give him full props in the post.

  • abhisahara

    "Rooting is as straightforward as it comes - download the file, unzip, and flash in recovery"
    You cant unzip and flash it. Its a directly flashable zip. (not a zip file in a zip file- no zipception LOL)

  • Geoff Johnson

    Hopefully Verizon won't catch this in time and fix it before these ship next week.

  • SickoPsycho

    So I'm confused... am I supposed to unzip the file, then flash? Or do I unzip my pants and then flash? /end of trolling

  • dsb9938

    There are now 2 recoveries. TWRP and CWR.

  • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

    One correction: An insecure boot image isn't a requisite for flashing a custom recovery; just having an unlocked bootloader should do for that. Though having an insecure boot image does come handy when it comes to having root access via ADB. However, as dsb9938 pointed out to me, on this device you don't get write access to /system partition even when booted with an insecure kernel, due to HTC's S-ON flag. So the insecure kernel wouldn't be useful for rooting purpose.