Our friend Eliot, from hack a day
, has tipped us off to the latest and
greatest in the Xbox hacking scene. TheSpecialist, a hacker on the xboxhacker.net forums, has managed to play a backup
DVD without using a modchip/softmod. Eliot explains, "He ripped the challenge response data block from
and then patched that chunk into the firmware of the drive. So now, no matter what disc
is placed into the drive, when the Xbox checks authenticity, the DVD firmware spits out the RalliSport
code instead of checking the disk." Clever!
Unfortunately, The Specialist
didn't want to release the hack to the public, explaining, "I understand that releasing this
hack would have major impact. Althought I serioulsy [sic] doubt that releasing a firmware *patcher* is illegal, I don't
want to take my chances on it :-) I think anybody who wants to do something like that should ask himself if it's worth
all the trouble he might get into. I feel it's not. That's why I'm not releasing anything."
before the hack is readily available for everyone to use?