Google Tech Talk: Deconstructing The Xbox Security System

Another Google Tech Talk personal review, this time:Deconstructing The Xbox Security System: In late 2001, Microsoft released the Xbox, their first gaming console, to compete against Sony and Nintendo in the living room. As the real money is made with the games and not the consoles, Microsoft had to make sure (as much as they could) that nobody could play pirated games or use the machine for anything other than games. Although the original security design idea was a good one and has been copied a lot since then, Microsoft’s inexperienced team made a variety of design, implementation, and policy mistakes. This talk first (re)constructs the design of the Xbox security system from Microsoft’s point of view, and then deconstructs it from the hacker’s point of view. As a bonus, the talk will feature some insights in the security system of the Xbox successor, the Xbox 360.Michael Steil is the founder and maintainer of the Xbox-Linux Project. He oversaw most of the Xbox hacks and also contributed to hacking, reverse engineering and porting Linux on the Xbox.


Personal small review: Very appealing talk! Hilarious geeky and technical talk. The youth and joy of Michael Steil about hacking Xbox takes this seminar to a must have place for all who are interested about how a computer works and how hacking can reach into a so deep hardware complexity. This seminar makes cracking seem almost easy.. (5 stars, for the enthusiasm, remarks about security issues and learning value).

One thought on “Google Tech Talk: Deconstructing The Xbox Security System

  1. It is generally incredible to see where technologies goes and the future of gaming is no different. There are several cool and incredibly progressive technologies arising. There is no way to inform which one will make the subsequent massive wave, but a person thing is for positive, it will have some thing to do with getting rid of the remote as we know it!

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