- Oct 6, 2011
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The OnHub router by Google is a bit of a mystery. Google has not really gone into depth about the technology that makes this thing tick. We know that it is a Cylinder with inactive radios and firmware that can be easily update. Some developers decided the OnHub needed rooting. Apparently they subscribe to the theory of "ROOT ALL THE THINGS!".
What they found when they dug through this router was pretty surprising. It turns out the OnHub is actually a Chromebook in router's clothing! Some developers from "Exploitee.rs" figured this out by dumping the SPI flash and eMMC from the board. The device runs a modified ChromiumOS to make it function as a router! They were able to gain root by accessing the hidden switch screw on the bottom of the router which enables developer mode. Rooting this device is as easy as booting into a modified developer mode! Now that we know this is essentially a Chromebook and we have root we may see some custom firmware for this device.