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Linux invades the Xbox 360

Oh those Hypervisor Vulnerabilities! They open up our Xbox 360s to all kinds of shenanigans. Just three weeks ago, the first proof of concept hack utilizing the Hypervisor Vulnerability was released, and now we've reached the next benchmark: Linux. We're not sure what compels hackers to wedge Linux onto every possible platform, from iPods to Xboxes, but that's not really the point. The point is that the Xbox 360 has been successfully hacked and is running practical unsigned code. Of course, you'll still need the proper kernels (4532 or 4548) which were updated some time ago to combat this very possibility.

As usual, we won't pretend to understand all the technical jibba jabba, so we point you to our friends at Xbox-Scene, where you can learn all you need to know. Should you decide to dabble in Linux (or something else) on your Xbox 360, let us know how it goes.

Anyone out there itching to give it a try?

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mark1

3-20-2007 @ 4:44PM

mark said...

they put linux on everything because it is easy to manipulate

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Arcaynn2

3-20-2007 @ 4:57PM

Arcaynn said...

I sincerely do not understand open source software nerds' need to put linux on absolutely anything.

I can only guess they weren't held enough as children and therefore take out their rage by destroying the intended functionality of hardware the world over.

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Tony3

3-20-2007 @ 5:06PM

Tony said...

Part of is is the fact that you're installing a full on OS that's pretty damn flexible. If that's on there, really anything could probably be done given the time.

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nil4

3-20-2007 @ 5:26PM

nil said...

An original xbox with linux installed can do some pretty nifty tricks. A 360 running XBMC could do more and do it better;)

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Mick5

3-20-2007 @ 5:36PM

Mick said...

Arcaynn, Its called a challenge.
You could learn a few things by playing around with software and maybe your IT dept. would stop making fun of you behind your back.

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