Originally Posted by winmacme
i cant guess a hacker's motivation.. maybe for fame or for fun or for challenge
i wasn't expecting the internet functionality of HD DVD to be two-way (running a Internet service that accepts outside connections vs only running as a client).
Is the benefit of such functionality outweigh the possible security concern?
The ability of a 2nd or 3rd gen HD DVD player to do anything is very firmware controlled, a hacker could really only do something on the network that is a identifed function in the firmware, like look and seek to a specific network storage location, when that kind of feature is enabled.
I guess in theory the Linux operating system in the first gen HD A1s and HD XA1s could be hacked but there is no joy joy in that as they are two years old next year and limited in number.
Not a lot of mischief to be found versus the hacker joy in multifunction PCs.
This kind of interacticity is permission granted, probably from a optical disc's menu , so unless you had a hacker burn a HD DVD ROM and send it out, or get a backdoor into firmware , the website you connect to is going to be secure.
But a zombie HD DVD player is no fun, the only possible bad thing would be a hacker spoof or takeover of a linked server that would download naughty pictures or videos to the players persistent memory or network storage.
Any real bad thing like having a home networked HD DVD do bad things to other networked PCs or storage device is firmware limited, and would not be enabled unless the firmware was really screwed up to enable it.
But studios and the HD DVD PRG and Toshiba have already been thinking about stopping that.