Processor used to secure Xbox 360 hacked, claims researcher

A researcher with expertise in hacking hardware Tuesday detailed at the Black Hat DC conference how it's possible to subvert the security of a processor used to protect computers, smartcards and even Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system.

Christopher Tarnovsky, a researcher at Flylogic Engineering, said he has hacked an Infineon SLE 66 CL PC processor that is also used with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips. He emphasized that his research shows TPM, which was developed as an industry specification for hardware-based computer security by the Trusted Computing Group and has been implemented in hardware by Infineon and other manufacturers, is not as secure as presumed. TPM can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including storage of encryption keys and is used with Microsoft's BitLocker encryption technology.

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FangBlade3233d ago

"I can recover all your secrets inside this chip. Your keys to the Xbox 360, the licensing chip," plus the RSA cryptoengine, if it's used. "There's nothing in this device I can't see."

good for you (?)

-MD-3233d ago

Hacking a console is probably the most pathetic thing you can do.

Mr_Bun3233d ago

Trolling N4G the way you do, is far more pathetic

andron3233d ago

But, that's not surprising...

hanzai3233d ago

good one bun. bubble for you. someone needed to put him in his place.

Kushan3233d ago

No, hacking just about anything is a great achievement. Sure, you get people hacking consoles to promote piracy and such, but nobody cares about those people. They don't get any fame or fortune, just a shortlived spot in the limelight before every pirate out there whines and complains because it doesn't work with game X, or they got banned or whatever.
But the real hackers, they unleash hardware and make it do things it wasn't originally capable of. Look at the PSP, look at how fantastic a device it becomes when you have custom firmware, capable of running homebrew games, browsers, music programs, etc.
The original Xbox is another fine example, before it got hacked, it was just a games console, then it got hacked and became a media hub - long before the likes of today's dedicated media stations (And some will argue is still the best solution). Show me a media hub, a popcorn hour, that'll stream DivX across your network while it's still in separate .rar containers on your PC.

Hacking is a fantastic way to contribute to society, if it wasn't for hackers, we wouldn't have Emualtors and you wouldn't be able to play all those classic games that developers and publishers can't be bothered to port to current platforms.

Elven63233d ago

University level professors don't hack consoles for the lulz, they're doing research to help better secure "tomorrow's" technology.

-MD-3233d ago (Edited 3232d ago )


Group of butt hurts.

Edit: Looking at Mr Bun's and Hanzai's comments they are obvious PS3 fanboys lol, how hypocritical of you.

TotalPS3Fanboy3232d ago (Edited 3232d ago )

Too bad this doesn't apply to the PS3.

The Maxx3232d ago (Edited 3232d ago )

You're wrong ....... again

The name of your avatar explains why.

TotalPS3Fanboy3229d ago

but without the root key, you still can't run unsigned code. Homebrew, yeah. Backup games, no.

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ThanatosDMC3233d ago

I wonder if they can use this against the PS3... people would be more impressed then and this more news worthy.

artsaber3233d ago

Cell platform is completely different architecture I believe, and does not implement TPM based security measures like some PCs can.

whateva3233d ago

a Modded Xbox is like a dream arcade in your home. plus XBMC