I just got my brand new FP4 yesterday and intend to flash /e/ OS onto it.
Looking at the /e/ OS documentation for the FP4 I noticed a warning saying:
Caution: Ensure that you flash an image with a security patch level greater than the level of the existing security patch, Failure to do so will brick your device.
Since I already installed the (as of now) latest update on my device, my security patch level is not March 5th, while the latest stable release image of /e/ OS apparently dates to the 24th of Febuary.
Being the impatient person I am, I tried to find out when to expect the next release of /e/ and came across this open issue:
I understand the problem is triggered by the final step, where the bootloader is locked again, right?
One of the devs explicitly says
You will be able to lock your bootloader after flashing an upcoming release with a newer security patch level.
It should be ok with a over the air update but relocking the bootloader afterwards might force you to set everything up again.
So guess I’ll give that I try tonight.
What are the dangers of using a phone with the bootloader unlocked for a few weeks? I assume this mostly allows anyone to connect it to their PC and have full access or am I missing something REALLY bad, as in “remote exploit bad”?
If you’re reading this and are quite certain I’m heading for disaster, a little heads up would be nice.