The game of flashing leaks, aka unofficial builds, on locked handsets (locked bootloader ) has just gotten a lot tougher for those willing to take that risk. The 6.12.84 ICS build that leaked for the Droid RAZR this past weekend, has wreaked havoc on users who flashed it. The problem wasn't discovered until users tried to fastboot/RSD back to a previous build. Upon trying to "reset" the handset users ended up bricking (rendering the device useless) their handsets with no fix in sight. Some users have claimed that they were able to recover the handset, but a majority of people who jumped in and flashed the leak and tried to fastboot/RSD back have been left with a broken smartphone. Those fortunate enough to have flashed the leak, but have not attempted to "reset" the device are not out of the woods by a long shot. They are now "permanently" taken off the upgrade path. Meaning they will not be able to receive updates pushed by Big Red or be able to flash another build until there is a fix.
Essentially they are looking at a worst and best case scenario. Worst case, users will be stuck on 6.14.84 for the life of their contract or until they get another phone. Best case, somebody figures out a fix and they can safely flash an earlier, or depending how long it takes to find a fix, a later build. As far as the others with bricked devices, their only hope hinges on the great developers finding a fix. No fix, no phone. Scary proposition.
Flashing leaks is a risky business and the warnings have often gone ignored. Let this latest incident be a stern warning to anyone thinking about jumping into this game. If you don't mind being stuck on a particular build, possibly for good, go ahead and flash away. More importantly, if you value owning a smartphone and don't wish to be left with an expensive paperweight, wait for others to test it for a couple of days before flashing a leak. It may feel cool to be one of the first to be running a new build, but it's not cool to have something like what happened above happen to you.
We implore EVERYONE to not flash leaks on a locked handset until they are 100% certain that it is safe to do so. A good rule of thumb is to wait a minimum of 2 days before flashing a leak. We'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on leaks and if they were caught up in this latest debacle.