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Hacking the Xbox An Introduction to Reverse Engineering

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ISBN-10: 1593270291

ISBN-13: 9781593270292

Edition: 2003 (Limited)

Authors: Andrew "Bunnie" Huang

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This hands-on guide to hacking begins with step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teach basic hacking techniques as well as essential reverse engineering skills. The book progresses into a discussion of the Xbox security mechanisms and other advanced hacking topics, with an emphasis on educating the readers on the important subjects of computer security and reverse engineering. "Hacking the Xbox includes numerous practical guides, such as where to get hacking gear, soldering techniques, debugging tips and an Xbox hardware reference guide. "Hacking the Xbox also confronts the social and political issues facing today's hacker by looking forward and discussing the impact of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: No Starch Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Andrew "bunnie" Huang is a hacker, maker, and open hardware activist. He holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from MIT, is the author of Hacking the Xbox (No Starch Press) and The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen, and has served as a technical advisor for various hardware startups and MAKE Magazine.

Prologue-README.1ST
The Video Game Console Market
About Hackers and Hacking
The Politics of Hacking
The People Behind the Hacks
Voiding the Warranty
Tools of the Trade
Tools to Open Things Up
Tools to Attach and Remove Components
Tools to Test and Diagnose
Tools for Design
Deconstructing the Xbox
Safety First
Remove Case Screws
Remove the Top Cover
Move the Disk Drives
Remove the Disk Drives (Optional)
Reassembling the Xbox
Thinking Inside the Box
Reading a Circuit Board
Circuit Board Basics
Components
Test Points
Xbox Architecture
High-Level Organization
Functional Details
CPU
Northbridges and Southbridges
RAM
ROM
Odds and Ends
Pattern Matching
Comparison: Xbox Versus the PC
Contrast: Xbox Versus the Gamecube
Installing a Blue LED
What You'll Need
Removing the Xbox Front Panel
Removing the Front Panel Circuit Board
Installing the Blue LED
Reassembling the Front Panel
Debugging
Building a USB Adapter
Starting Materials
Strategy
Implementation
Replacing a Broken Power Supply
Diagnosing a Broken Power Supply
Replacing the Power Supply
Strategy
Procedure
Building the Xbox Power Cable
Installing the Replacement Power Supply
Operating with the Replacement Power Supply
Debugging Tips
The Best Xbox Game: Security Hacking
First Encounters with a Paranoid Design
To Snarf a ROM
An Encounter with Microsoft
Analyzing the ROM Contents
A Brief Primer on Security
Who Needs Security, Anyways?
A Brief Primer on Cryptography
Classes of Cryptographic Algorithms
SHA-1 Hash
TEA
RC-4
RSA
The Rest of the Picture
Reverse Engineering Xbox Security
Extracting Secrets from Hardware
Eavesdropping a High Speed Bus
Tapping the Bus on a Budget
Building the Data Logger
Determining the Bus Order and Polarity
Making Sense of the Captured Data
Sneaking in the Back Door
Back Doors and Security Holes
Visor Jam Table Attacks
MIST Premature Unmap Attack
Microsoft Retaliates
Reverse Engineering v1.1 Security
The Threat of Back Doors
More Hardware Projects
The LPC Interface
LPC Interface on the Xbox
Using the LPC Interface
The Other 64 MB of SDRAM
Xbox VGA
Mass Storage Replacement
Developing Software for the Xbox
Xbox-Linux
Installing Xbox-Linux
"Project B"
OpenXDK
Caveat Hacker
Caveat Hacker: A Primer on Intellectual Property
Classical Intellectual Property Law: An Overview
Copyright
Patent
Trade Secrets
The Constitutional Copyright Bargain
The Traditional View of Reverse Engineering
Trade Secrecy and "Improper Means"
Copyright Law and the Problem of Intermediate Copying
Patent Law
New Challenges for Reverse Engineers
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Problem of Unauthorized Access
Unauthorized Access
Circumvention Technologies
Navigating the DMCA's Exemptions
1201(f): reverse-engineering for interoperability
1201(g): encryption research
1201(j): security research
End-User License Agreements and Contractual Prohibitions on Reverse-Engineering
Trade Secrets and the Economic Espionage Act
The Responsible Hacker: Ignorance Is No Defense
Civil and Criminal Offenses and Penalties
Reverse Engineering as "The Freedom to Tinker" and Other Legal Issues
Onward!
The Hacking Community
Hacking Fora
Making a Contribution
Trusted Computing
Taking a Step Back
Palladium Versus TCPA
Hacking the Trusted PC
Looking Forward
Concluding Thoughts
Where to Get Your Hacking Gear
Vendors for Hobbyists
Prepared Equipment Order Forms
Soldering Techniques
Introduction to Soldering
Use Flux
Starter Tips
Surface Mount Soldering
Technique for Simple Components
Technique for Complex Components
Technique for Removing Components
Getting into PCB Layout
Philosophy and Design Flow
Refining Your Idea
Schematic Capture
Board Layout
General Placement and Routing Guidelines
Leave Space for Via Fanouts on Surface Mount Devices
Decoupling Capacitors Fit Nicely Under SMD Pads
Know Your Special Traces
Circuit Boards Make Fine Heatsinks
Establish Preferred Routing Directions for Each Layer
Stack a Board with Orthogonal Layers
On Two-Layer Boards, Use Fingers to Bus Power
Hints on Using an Auto-Router
CAD Tools
Board Fabrication Companies
Sierra Proto Express
Data Circuit Systems
Advanced Circuits
Alberta Printed Circuits
Starter Projects
Getting Started with FPGAs
What Is an FPGA?
Designing for an FPGA
Project Ideas
Where to Buy
Debugging: Hints and Tips
Don't Panic!
Understand the System
Observe Symptoms
Common Bugs
Recovering from a Lifted Trace or Pad
Xbox Hardware Reference
Power Supply Pinout
Video Connector Pinout
USB Connector Pinout
Ethernet Connector Pinout
ATA Connector Pinout
DVD-ROM Power Connector
LPC Connector
Fan Connector
Front Panel Connector
Index