Hacking the Xbox

An Introduction to Reverse Engineering

by Andrew Huang

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Book Description

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 today's legal challenges on legitimate reverse engineering activities. The book includes a chapter written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the rights and responsibilities of hackers, and concludes by discussing the latest trends and vulnerabilities in secure PC platforms.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Hacking the Xbox ebook for free in PDF format (17.9 MB).

Table of Contents

Prologue
README.1ST
1
Chapter 1
Voiding the Warranty
15
Chapter 2
Thinking Inside the Box
31
Chapter 3
Installing a Blue LED
53
Chapter 4
Building a USB Adapter
67
Chapter 5
Replacing a Broken Power Supply
73
Chapter 6
The Best Xbox Game: Security Hacking
89
Chapter 7
A Brief Primer on Security
101
Chapter 8
Reverse Engineering Xbox Security
119
Chapter 9
Sneaking in the Back Door
137
Chapter 10
More Hardware Projects
151
Chapter 11
Developing Software for the Xbox
161
Chapter 12
Caveat Hacker
173
Chapter 13
Onward!
193
Appendix A
Where to Get Your Hacking Gear
207
Appendix B
Soldering Techniques
211
Appendix C
Getting into PCB Layout
223
Appendix D
Getting Started with FPGAs
237
Appendix E
Debugging: Hints and Tips
247
Appendix F
Xbox Hardware Reference
257

Book Details

Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
No Starch Press
Published
2003
Pages
291
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9781593270292
ISBN10 Digital
1593270291
PDF Size
17.9 MB
License
CC BY

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