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Roku Player Software Cracked Open Temporarily, Root Now To Run XBMC Later

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Roku player software cracked open temporarily, root now to run XBMC later (click for full article)

    by Richard Lawler - Dec. 28, 2013

    -- Roku's line of set-top boxes have been popular thanks to their simple controls, large set of available apps (recently expanded to include YouTube for the new Roku 3) and hardware ranging in price from inexpensive to downright cheap. Still, despite an active and encouraged developer community with custom channels and well-supported media player apps like Plex, the hardware has remained largely on lockdown -- until now.


    The GTVHacker team that previously unlocked Google TV and Chromecast has found a way to run its commands as root on any Roku 2 or Roku 3 using the most recent software version (unfortunately, that does not at this time include Sky TV's cheap Now TV player, which runs on older software). While the player overall is credited as "considerably more secure than others in the entertainment field" (Samsung comes to mind but it's from from the only one) a development password field provided a way in.


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    Roku Root: LCE + Secure Boot Vulnerability - GTVHacker:
     
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  2. ponghclub

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    thanks.... still decide for ouya or..... all i want to have the new xbmc run smoothly and stable.

    send from my b&n nook hd+
     
  3. ChrisG8

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    I would think the processors used in all but the Roku 3 are not suitable for any kind of hack, running XBMC or most anything else special someone would want to run. The Roku 3 on the other hand might be a great little box after opening up, its processor should be up to the task.
     
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    ChrisG8 Well-Known Member

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    I am not going to bother with trying to hack a Roku, just read a little about it. The UI and content available as is does pretty much everything I could want from Roku and it works great.
     
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    Certainly an interesting development.
     

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