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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-20 07:21
  Subject:   XBox softmod done!
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Pretty darn cool. Thanks a lot to those who helped, you know who you are!

It's going to be nice to play HL2 with much shorter loading times...
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-06-22 01:45 (UTC)
  Subject:   The system has failed!!
A neat article courtesy of bruce_schneier about how the XBox was hacked:

http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/17_Mistakes_Microsoft_Made_in_the_Xbox_Security_System

There are many, MANY interesting insights here, but my favorite one is how they grounded out the A20 line in order to make the CPU boot from the address FFEF:FFF0, instead of the usual protected/encrypted/hardened address FFFF:FFF0. This allowed them to utterly and completely pwnZ the XBox hardware with almost no effort at all.
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