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Apple TV's USB port hacked

updated 09:50 am EDT, Fri March 30, 2007

Apple TV USB Port Hacked

Hobbyists have successfully reverse-engineered the Apple TV's USB port. Although the port is officially reserved for diagnostics and service, those curious about the device have documented steps that change the media hub's Mac OS X code to allow more than just the handful of approved USB devices. Devices such as keyboards and mice are already known to work, the testers have written. The technique has already been demonstrated running third-party media center interfaces (pictured) and could be used to run general programs. (More details and video in the full story)

The discovery marks the latest in a series of compromises to the Apple TV's security, which began first by using a Unix-based security workaround to install XviD and later to run the customized OS outside Apple TV. No programmer has yet managed to run a full version of Mac OS X on the entertainment device. An example of the current progress made in altering the device's functions is available below.

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  1. mmmdoughnuts

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    Now Lets get to work

    on getting my EyeTV from Elgato to work over the USB and hello Apple DVR!!!

  1. doemel

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    imagine the possibilities!

  1. Fishtank22

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    that video was completely useless.

  1. TonyIC

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    Like all great geeks...

    He lives in a basement, most likely his parent's.

  1. Gee4orce

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    Joined: Dec 2000



    A picture is worth a thousand words....

    ...although it seems a video is completely worthless !

  1. eldarkus

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    and it wasnt leaked... Leaked is unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of information. Since Apple themselves posted the info on their own website, it could hardly be categorized as a leak.

  1. cho

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    Joined: Sep 2006



    And usually, they are white and male.

  1. UberFu

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    Joined: Oct 2002


    hack software...

    he might do - but a videographer he is Not_

    FishTank22 has the right idea_

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    Basement dweller

    You can hear the dryer running in the background.

    This guy seriously need to move out of his mother's basement.

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