Ever since Motorola announced the locked bootloader on the Motorola Droid X, meaning custom ROMs on the Droid X would most likely be impossible to come by, users have cried out in frustration. To further complication issues, a rumor spread quickly claiming the eFuse technology embedded in the phone checks the bootloader constantly and bricks the phone if the bootloader had been tampered with. Motorola released a statement today claiming this is simply not the case, and eFuse is used to simply prevent malicious software from attacking the smartphone. In a nutshell, Motorola says the phone will launch into recovery mode if the bootloader has been changed, and the user simply needs to reinstall the approved software and the phone will be fine once again. The full statement issued by Motorola can be read below:
“Motorola’s primary focus is the security of our end users and protection of their data, while also meeting carrier, partner and legal requirements. The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats. Motorola has been a long time advocate of open platforms and provides a number of resources to developers to foster the ecosystem including tools and access to devices via MOTODEV at http://developer.motorola.com.”
Hopefully this will end the rumor that eFuse is installed on the Droid X to brick your phone in case you tamper with the bootloader. Instead, Motorola really intended for eFuse to monitor the phone and prevent against malicious software threats.