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Console Hacking 2006

Felix Domke
Chaos Communication Congress 23th (23C3) 2006
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"Next Generation" gaming consoles should not be limited to games, they have powerful hardware which we want to exploit for our needs. The talk gives a hardware overview of each of the 3 consoles, an overview of their security systems, as well as an update on hacking the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for about a year. The Microsoft Xbox 360, the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii belong to the seventh generation of gaming consoles, having GHz-class CPUs and hundreds of megabytes of RAM. While the Xbox 360 has been released roughly a year ago, and some hacking has already gone on, the Playstation 3 and the Wii will only be released in November 2006, so they will be brand-new at the time of the talk. Usual news sources focus on the features useful for gaming - this talk of course will focus on what we hackers really need. It evaluates possible attack points to execute homebrew code and professional operating systems. For the two systems that have just been released, you certainly cannot expect a working hack, but the basics of the security system will be explained, and it will be compared to existing systems implemented by previous consoles.

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