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Google's Chromecast Already Exploited

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Published on 28 July 2013 03:11 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
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Released this past week by Google alongside Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 tablet was the Chromecast, a $35 device to essentially relay web-pages and video content from your PC or mobile device to an HDMI TV. The Chromecast has now been exploited so a root shell is accessible.

The Chromecast is a nifty device as it costs only $35 and works with any HDMI-enabled display while being powered off USB and communicates over WiFi. Android/iOS devices can beam video content to the Chromecast (such as Netflix) or you can also enable any web-page to be shown via the Chrome web-browser on a desktop PC. It's really an interesting device especially due to its low price point.

GTVHacker.com has already managed to find a software exploit on the less than week old device. Their exploit will create a root shell on port 23 by using a modified boot-loader for the hardware, which turns out to be a single-core Marvell ARM SoC.

The software stack Chromecast runs on is for Google TV but with the Dalvik/Bionic code stripped away.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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