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President, North Bay Linux User's Group
Topic: How TASBot Exploits Video Game Consoles (DEF CON talk preview)
This will be a preview presentation of an Aug. 5th DEF CON talk.
TASBot is an augmented
Nintendo R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) robot that can play video games
without any of the button-mashing limitations we humans have. By
pretending to be a controller connected to a game console, TASBot
triggers glitches and exploits weaknesses to execute arbitrary opcodes
and rewrite games. This talk will cover how these exploits were found,
and explore the idea that breaking video games using Tool-Assisted
emulators can be a fun way to learn the basics of discovering security
An overview of some of the details that will be described in the talk
can be found in an article Allan co-authored in PoC||GTFO journal
issue 0x10 (Pokemon Plays Twitch, page 6).
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Cecil (dwangoAC) is President of
North Bay Linux User's Group, and acts
as ambassador for Tasvideos.org,
a Web site devoted to using emulators to complete video games as
quickly as the hardware allows. He participates in
Games Done Quick
charity-speedrunning marathons using TASBot to entertain viewers with
never-before-seen glitches in games. By day, he is a senior engineer
at Ciena Corporation, working on
Virtualization orchestration and Linux packet performance optimization
Earlier meetings and more details are available on our
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