The all new HTC One (M8) has been up for pre-sales for a week, which has proven enough time to make a successful rooting tool. The tool is called WeakSauce, it will root your Verizon HTC One (M8) and was developed by jcase and beaups over on the XDA Developers forums.
WeakSauce is an installable apk file that should work to root the Verizon HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8), but may work on other HTC models as well. Not a bad start, considering the devs do not yet have a device of their own to test on. Once the devices ship, we can reasonably expect further hacking magic from these guys.
For now, WeakSauce “gains root, mounts a new xbin containing busybox, and su.” Once you’ve installed and run WeakSauce on your HTC One (M8), you’ll still need to grab SuperSu from the Play Store. From there, the exploit only provides write access to /system/xbin. Also, do not rush into root activities after a fresh device boot, WeakSauce needs to re-root your device about a minute in after every reboot. Remember, this is just root, unlocking bootloaders and all that fun stuff will have to wait.
Unlike the new HTC One (M8), users of the first HTC One (M7), once rooted with WeakSauce, can gain s-off and unlock their bootloader by using another tool called firewater. firewater should work on most Qualcomm based HTC phones too.
Due to the complexities of each of the processes above, I highly recommend checking out our rooting information before you get started. When you are ready to gain root on your fancy new HTC One (M8), grab the apk and carefully follow all the instructions on the WeakSauce thread on the XDA Developers forums. For s-off on your HTC One (M7), grab the firewater exploit and please carefully follow the instructions on the firewater website.
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