Apple TV hacking: “Add Site” hack follow-up

by tomek on February 12, 2014


raspberry pi on apple tv Apple TV hacking: Add Site hack follow up

Some time ago we reported on a new hack discovered by an iOS hacker David Schuetz that let us put our own apps on Apple TV. By enabling an Apple TV OS feature called Add Site, Schuetz was able to add a custom site pointing at a Raspberry Pi media server which he added to the Apple TV. The hack quickly got closed as Apple disabled the Add Site feature. In a new post Schuetz explains what exactly happened and speculates on the future of his hack.

atv accessories 3 Apple TV hacking: Add Site hack follow up

You can go through the article for the detailed explanation of what happened with the Add Site feature, here’s the conclusion:

If your ATV is on 6.x, and it doesn’t already have the Add Site profile loaded, then you can’t add it, unless you get a profile signed by Apple. And since the Apple TV program isn’t open to the public, you can’t get that profile. So, we’re pretty much stuck.

Great for Security. Lousy for DIY Apple TV hackers. Right?

Well, there is one workaround: If your ATV is on 5.2 or 5.3, you can still add the profile (you just won’t see the button), and then upgrade to 6.0, and, boom!, the Add Site application is available, and fully functional.

Unfortunately, Apple also introduced a signature test when using the Add Site feature. How to deal with this? Schuetz promised to discuss it in the next post.

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  • ut666

    Really loved this hack when it first came out, the use I found is I run on my rasppi my own atv channel, where I have:

    movies,
    which displays my movie collection in atv menu style, where the play button then just fires up xbmc and autoplays the item. note I have all my movie metadata in the each movies folders, as I use, media center browser, so I don’t rely on a db.

    hue lights,
    I have a simple button interface to turn on/off my hue lights and also a few lighting presets.

    wondering what other uses people have found for this?
    ut.

  • ut666

    typo:

    media center browser = media center master

    (metadata fetcher)

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