Android is already on version 12, but the operating system has already been behind it for almost 13 years, since its first version saw the light of day in 2008, arriving in Spain in 2009. It was one of the systems operating system that revolutionized the world, but it was not lacking in errors, some very curious.

Chet Haase, graphic engineer at Google, recounts it in his book Androids. Among its pages is the curious story of how it was possible to control the system from a single text box, by writing “restart”, “shutdown” or even “root” in it.

The rush has made Android 1.0 very vulnerable

According to Haase’s book, he says that the development of Android 1.0 was fraught with pitfalls, as there was enough pressure to launch the operating system. In the first phase of Android’s development, an SSH client (an application that allows you to connect remotely from another device) was developed under the name ConnectBot. Thanks to this application, available on the Android Market (former Play Store), users could connect to their Android remotely, it was good until now.

It was enough to write “Root” in any text application to access the privileges of the system remotely

After the release of Android 1.0, they started receiving reports from some users. In these it was explained that it was enough to type “Reboot” in any text box for the phone to restart. The same happened to turn it off, and the bug worked in any text app. In fact, you can go to Google Chat, type “Stop” and turn off the phone.

Androids: the team that designed the Android operating system

The worst of the bug came with the word “Root” which effectively allowed the device to be rooted remotely, completely compromising its security. Why did this failure happen?

One of the project’s developers, Rececca Zavin, tells us that the team left the system root console open, so it was possible to create keyboard events that were sent directly to the Android console, allowing full control. on the system. It didn’t take long for the team to fix the bug, but it’s certainly curious how the rush and such a simple bug allowed full remote control of the operating system.