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Hacker runs Debian Linux on Sony Bravia TV, soon XBMC enabled?

Posted at 21 June 2012 15:43 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

If there’s something we like here at Myce.com, then it’s fiddling around with firmwares. We’ve released many firmwares here, which allowed you to purchase a 16x CD/DVD writer and overclock it using a firmware of a faster model. This means that with purchasing a 16x writer, thanks to our firmware patchers, you could end up with a burner writing at 32x. So if someone is able to patch firmwares for TV’s, then we can only admire them. If then Sony is the victim, the fun factor is only increased.

A hacker has found a way to get root access to the Linux based firmware of Sony Bravia TV’s. The root access was gained by using a Python script that goes by the name Nimue and which is available on Github. Due to a buffer overflow initialized by the script, it is possible to get root access and start a telnet server.  According to the hacker he was able to run a working Debian version, on an USB flash on the USB port of the TV with all Debian programs running correctly.

To try the hack yourself, you’ll need an USB network adapter connected to the TV and a telnet client to connect to the TV. While there isn’t much you can do at the moment, it should enable the possibility to run e.g. XBMC on the TV.

Also discuss this in our Televisions Forum.

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There are 4 comments

debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 22 Jun 12 17:21
    Awesome. It'd be nice to know which model.
    Mirror007
    New Member
    Posted on: 22 Jun 12 22:39
      Get a Samsung TV. It can play everything without the need for a firmware hack.
      _chef_
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 25 Jun 12 08:18
        I also would avoid most of all $onY devices....
        DoMiN8ToR
        Management
        Posted on: 25 Jun 12 10:16
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by debro
          Awesome. It'd be nice to know which model.
          The hacker reported all HDTV models...

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