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SVLUG meetings are first Wednesdays of each month at 7PM-9PM!

Next Meeting

Aug. 3rd, 2016 Symantec, Mountain View Allan Cecil,
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 vulnerabilities.

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: Allan 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 OpenStack Network Functions Virtualization orchestration and Linux packet performance optimization testing.

Future Meetings

Earlier meetings and more details are available on our previous meetings page.
Possible future meetings, yet to be scheduled, are listed on our TBA page.

Note to presenters: At present, we have no Internet connection in our meeting room, so please plan accordingly. If you will be giving a presentation using a Mac, please bring your own Mac > VGA adapter. Symantec does not provide these, and this is the one accessory Mac users forget to bring.

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