r00t advisory: Madden 97, Madden 64 (Nov 25 1997)
-- Platform: Sony Playstation
-- Program: Madden '97 (John Madden Football)
-- Info: Sony and Nintendo have been notified of this vulnerability,
but do not see this problem as being a security risk.
Perhaps they have not seen the sort of people that play
these games for hours on end.
-- Synopsis: A vulnerability exists in Madden 64 that allows local users
to lock up the system, thus rendering the system unusable
and forcing the administrator to reboot the machine.
-- Exploit: This problem is very hard to exploit and r00t presumes
that the majority of the security community does not
widely understand the vulnerability. We don't expect the
average BUGTRAQ reader to understand this vulnerability
since there is no exploit script.
When an offensive player (with the ball) is running down
the field, he has the option to pitch the ball backwards
to a player in order to block a persuing defensive player
and allow for a gain in yardage. If the player that
receives the pitch is standing out of bounds, the system
-- Fixes: To follow r00t's workaround tradition, we recommend that
you downgrade to Madden 96.