“The Google OnHub is at heart a Chromebook without a screen modified as a router, and our root method is just a modified version of booting Developer Mode,” Exploitee.rs team said in a blog post.
How to Root Google OnHub
- The process will allow you to overwrite the existing firmware on the Google OnHub by enabling Developer Mode and booting from an unsigned USB image.
- The rooting method is a modified version of booting Chromebook in developer mode.
Advantage and Disadvantages of Rooting Google OnHub
No doubt, Google may have a lot of secret plans to gain control of your living room or home networking, but with the access to the device’s inner processes, it is possible to:
- Improve performance
- take full control over the device,
- enable the currently-useless USB port that Google has neglected to turn on,
- create custom ROMs for the device for additional alterations,
- repurpose OnHub router as a cheap ($200) Chrome OS desktop.
Just like other devices, “rooting” opens a device up to security risks that can compromise sensitive data.
- Privilege Escalation Attacks
- Malware attack
- Unauthenticated Command Execution