Just when I though I had to clone back my blog and set it up again, it so happened that I have a backup on my PC. Yey! I can write a blog post! This time, it's a quick guide on setting up a FirefoxOS phone for hacking. For this post, I'll be on Windows and the victim is a Cherry Mobile Ace. So hang tight, this will be a quickie!
- Install Firefox Aurora (rebranded as the "Firefox Developer Edition")
- Install the "15 seconds ADB Installer"
C:\Users\[username]\.android\adb_usb.ini, append on a new line
0x1782. This is the hardware ID of the handset. The file
adb_usb.inimight not exist in
.android. If so, just create it.
Prepping Your Device
- Disable sleep via
Settings -> Display -> Screen timeout
- Disable screen lock via
Settings -> Screen lock -> Lock screen
Settings -> Device Information -> More Information -> Developer Settings
- Check "Developer Menu"
- Set "Remote Debugging" to "ADB and Devtools"
- Check "Console enabled"
Connecting Your Device
Plug in your device.
WIN + Rand type
In the cmd, type
adb devices. If your device was detected by your PC, the result should be:
List of devices attached xxxxxxxx device
Open Firefox Aurora, and press
SHIFT+F8to open WebIDE
On WebIDE is a dropdown labelled as "Select Runtime". Click and select your phone from the list.
Creating Your First App
- On the top left of WebIDE, go to
Project -> New App.
- Select the "Hello World App" and enter a project name.
- Select a save location for the project.
- Once done, you'll be presented with an IDE with files on the sidebar, and an editor.
- To run the app, just click on the "Play" button (sidewards triangle icon) on top.
- While running, clicking on the wrench will open the very familiar Firefox Dev Tools.
- Clicking the "Stop" (the square icon) will kill the app.
Why Another Blog Post?
Originally there was this blog post which was the only guide I found. It was misleading at first, thinking that it was just a review of the phone. At the bottom of the post was a link to the driver and setup information. Unfortunately, the driver won't install on Windows 8. I once VM'ed the setup on XP but this wasn't a healthy routine, both for development and my machine.
Making the phone do some intensive stuff. Spoiler: I won't be rooting the devices or modifying the ROM (though I'm really itching to do so). This is so that I'm sure it would work on the devices out of the box.