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Entries from January 2010

The STM Release Exploit

January 27th, 2010 · 22 Comments

Wow, time does fly. More than a year ago, on October 23rd, 2008, Nintendo finally released an update that fixed the strncmp (fakesigning) exploit in all forks of IOS. This disabled any direct methods to install unofficial content on all updated Wii consoles. At the time, version beta9 of The Homebrew Channel had been in […]

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The weird and wonderful CIC

January 17th, 2010 · 29 Comments

I have been spending some time on reverse engineering the Nintendo CIC ROMs. The CIC is the “lockout” chip in NES/SNES/N64 cartridges, used to get an iron grip on the market prevent people from copying games. It was manufactured by Sharp and is likely one of their old “one-chip microcomputers”, used in calculators and TV […]

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January 16th, 2010 · 6 Comments

One thing CCC shows me every year is how amazing it can be when you get a bunch of random hackers (who have never met each other) into a room, and you start bouncing ideas off each other. I’ve tried to create a similar environment here (on this blog), on IRC, and to a lesser […]

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