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Free60: Do NOT Update XBox 360, Full Homebrew Exploit Coming!

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280w ago - Today some of the top XBox 360 hackers at Free60 have warned NOT to update your XBox 360 with the [Register or Login to view links], as a FULL homebrew exploit is coming!

To quote: Dangerous Xbox 360 Update Killing Homebrew

On Tuesday, Microsoft has released an Xbox 360 software update that overwrites the first stage bootloader of the system. Although there have been numerous software updates for Microsoft's gaming console in the past, this is the first one to overwrite the vital boot block.

Any failure while updating this will break the Xbox 360 beyond repair. Statistics from other systems have shown that about one in a thousand bootloader updates goes wrong, and unless Microsoft has a novel solution to this problem, this puts tens of thousands of Xboxes at risk.

It seems that this update is being done to fix a vulnerability already known to the Free60 Project. This vulnerability has been successfully exploited to run arbitrary code, and a complete end user compatible hack has been in development for some time and is planned to be released on free60.org shortly.

It will allow users to take back control of their Xboxes and run arbitrary code like homebrew applications or Linux right after turning on the console and without the need of a modchip, finally opening up the Xbox 360 to a level of hacking as the original Xbox.

Because of the dangerousness of the update and the homebrew lockout, the Free60 Project advises all Xbox 360 users to not update their systems to the latest software version. The Project website at http://free60.org/ will provide the latest information on this ongoing topic, including the final hack software.

Free60 (www.free60.org) is a project that aims to enable Xbox 360 users to run homebrew applications and operating systems like Linux on their consoles. The effort is headed by Felix Domke and Michael Steil, who have a background in dbox2, Xbox and GameCube hacking, and who have spoken at various conferences about their findings.

Two years ago, Free60 released a hack that allowed arbitrary code execution using a game ("King Kong Hack") as well as an adapted version of Linux, but this possibility has been disabled by Microsoft in subsequent updates of the Xbox 360 software.

Felix and Michael have repeatedly argued that game console manufacturers should open up their platforms to Linux and homebrew, similar to what Sony has done with the PlayStation 3.

Summer update notes from Major Nelson:

• While you can browse and purchase Avatar items and full Xbox 360 games in the console with this update, the ability to add these items your Xbox 360 download queue from Xbox.com will be available this Thursday.
• Xbox LIVE integration with Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM will be available later this year.
• Zune Video Marketplace will also ship later this fall when it will replace the current Video Marketplace.

Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and be sure to drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 Custom Firmware Forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene and PlayStation 4 scene updates and fresh homebrew releases!

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#19 - dshade - 279w ago
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Wish I would of known sooner... All my 360s have been updated... except for the one that is currently about to be repaired...

#18 - JeffJ - 280w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by DMagic1 View Post
Well considering the 360 already reads HFS+ which doesnt have 4gb size limitations, anythings possible.

touchee i forgot about that.

#17 - GotNoUsername - 280w ago
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Sound very promising can't wait ^^ Good work !

#16 - Preceptor - 280w ago
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Sorry mate, looks like we ps3 folk are fooked... they don't seem to be getting any closer to beating Sony. I've lost my hope already... No doubt there will be homebrew for the ps3. The problem is... I don't see it coming any time soon... In a couple of years pehaps... If we behave and say our prayers right and don't upgrade our firmwares, pehaps, only pehaps...

#15 - semitope - 280w ago
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Well.... happy for the 360 folks... You have suffered through many RRODs so you deserve it! Well... don't quite deserve to get it so far ahead of ps3 owners but i can forgive that.

So where is the news about ps3 homebrew??


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