A friend of mine bought a used Samsung Galaxy S6 or at least we thought so, but it looks that it might be a chinese phone. After wiping all data/cache, the phone still had a lot porn/advertisement apps, so we decided to burn original ROM. The only problem is that, we can't get to unlock bootloader.

When I try with adb oem unlock, it just hangs by ..., i.e.

$ sudo fastboot devices
mt6572v1_phone  fastboot
$ sudo fastboot oem lock

So I tried adb shell and try to get root access, to see if can do anything from inside:

$ sudo adb shell
shell@rtech72_we_72_kk:/ $ su 
wget: bad address 'static.zhiqupk.com'
Unable to chmod /data/.n.b: No such file or directory
        pkg: /data/.n.b
        at com.android.commands.pm.Pm.runInstall(Pm.java:982)
        at com.android.commands.pm.Pm.run(Pm.java:120)
        at com.android.commands.pm.Pm.main(Pm.java:83)
        at com.android.internal.os.RuntimeInit.nativeFinishInit(Native Method)
        at com.android.internal.os.RuntimeInit.main(RuntimeInit.java:243)
        at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)

So this looks for me like a custom ROM with full of spyware/adware/viruses. Any idea how to remove this stuff and get original firmware on it?

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    Reading this article, I'm afraid you're right your friend bought a fake one. The mt6572_phone seems to give a hint of MediaTek 6572 processor, which the original doesn't use... in this case, you might want to refer rooting MTK-based on Linux PC, but I doubt you can flash S6 ROM, because it's not S6 in the first place. You could try finding a better custom ROM on MTK Roms or XDA forum (be sure to use correct ROM).
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 30, 2015 at 0:32
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    And spyware/malware it definitely is: zhiqupk.com belongs to a Chinese tech company, "Hichina Zhicheng Technology Ltd" (just google that, including the quote marks – results raise suspicion; but they also own e.g. www.mobogenie.com). Why else would a simple su command (w/o params) do a wget from there. // So as Andrew already suggested, getting a clean ROM on it is the best (and only) solution.
    – Izzy
    Nov 30, 2015 at 0:49
  • @Izzy, I didn't do wget, I did su and su calls wget. But, since this address does exist anymore, wget fails and so su also fails with NullPointerException
    – Sasa
    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:20
  • @Sasa Fully understood – saw that in your commands, and that's what I've meant: su means "switch user", not "download stuff". If a simple "su" (without any command added to it) does some wget, I call that "malware" – not only it's not the intended behaviour, but a fully unrelated one. That "wget" is a "backpack command", making the "su" binary a Trojan.
    – Izzy
    Nov 30, 2015 at 9:05
  • I think I'm taking a neutral side... Googling "zhiqupk" returned com.zhiqupk.root as the first result for me, which I believe (but feel suspicious) is to root the device on-the-air (probably using exploit). So I kind of under impression that it's "somehow" help user to root the device easily, but with unknown threat. Anyway, better use a safer method to root.
    – Andrew T.
    Nov 30, 2015 at 10:34


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