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360 Homebrew Exploit coming?...

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>> We received this news from Felix Domke and Michael Steil at the Free60 Project: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.
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lol about 24hrs too late to tell peeps not to update :)

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This ain't really clear on this.The new update that dropped on Tuesday can corrupt someone's 360? Is it only flashed 360s or any 360? Is it to combat flashed software and downloaded games?I'm baffed.

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lol about 24hrs too late to tell peeps not to update :)
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swear its mandatory tho. As in if u dont update no live for you?

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swear its mandatory tho. As in if u dont update no live for you?
yeahpar I just realised that by signing up to xbox preview I can never get my xbox flashed
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basically the way disgested the info was that there was potential for users to run 3rd party software on their 360s, enabling them to use it as a computer or run other o/s on it, but with this update that just dropped, it closed up that loophole in the 360 lockin it down tighter then a nuns c*nt*dont be shocked i booked my ticket to hell YEARS ago*

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homebrew is deadout.this aint the nintendo wii, its a real console.

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So what my flashed console wont be able to use live after this update?f*ck SAKE YES OR NO?

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bruv, of course it will.you cant install this "homebrew exploit" however.

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It's cool to update if your xbox is already flashed and your ok to flash it after you've updated. It has no relevance to that at all.This is just syaing that they have expolited the bootloader of the xbox for non-updated consoles meaning that people who don't have live (so will not be updating anyway), or for prople who have a previously banned xbox or spare xbox can exploit their 360 to run homebrew. This could mean running a 1tb hard drive full of games from your 360 without needing a disc to boot, or possibly playing games from usb. All depends on how far they can take it with the homebrew apps. But for those into online gaming it's useless... Unless like I said, you keep a spare box for homebrew and play live on another console.

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Two contrasting answers somebody risk taking a L for the team please and let me know if it works with a flashed.

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My console is flashed, and I updated mine two days ago. It has nothing to do with flashed drives.

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Yh my common sense failed in this thread.Updated

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But yah with these exploits, if lets say I did put a Linux OS on the 360 I could basically use it as a PC?So running Linux compatible games off it?

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