Feeds

MS seeks ‘game hacker’ to beef up Xbox security

So it'll get tougher with Xbox 2...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft is clearly serious about stopping people messing around with Xbox, whether via mod chips, bios replacements or unauthorised insertions of alternative operating systems. The company is currently running a help-wanted ad for some kind of crypto gumshoe for the Xbox design team.

This individual, who will be known only by the codename "Software Design Engineer," will be responsible for "collecting, evaluating and conducting analysis of modification chips." Presumably this will involve an awful lot of hanging around web sites of indeterminate provenance in a virtual dirty raincoat. Yes, as you (did we say 'you'? - no, we didn't mean you, it must be someone else) will also be "tracking information & feeding back to the product team," a goodly bit of snooping would certainly seem imperative.

Rather more interesting is the rest of the job description:

"The candidate will also be responsible for conducting security design reviews on Xbox hardware & software, and will assist in designing hardware detection code fragments to be embedded in future versions of the product. To be considered, candidate must have familiarity with x86 assembler, PC bus architecture and boot sequence details. Hardware knowledge and low-level software experience required. Working knowledge of cryptography & common copy protection mechanisms a plus. Preference is given to those with hardware backgrounds and game hacking knowledge."

That means Microsoft intends to bury considerably more mechanisms designed to stop people with screwdrivers and soldering irons trying to pervert Xbox into (for example) a proper computer, and that monkeying around some more with the boot is probably going to figure highly in Xbox 2. But in that case, that familiarity with "PC bus architecture" is a bit of a dead giveway for a NotaPC Really, isn't it? ®

Related:
Xbox Linux project releases SuSE 8.0 howto
The Project's Debian howto - aren't they busy bees?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?