Samsung TV firmware hacking

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[Erdem] is leading up the efforts to reverse engineer Samsung TV firmware with a project called SamyGo. Official Samsung firmware uses the Linux kernel, making it a familiar system to work with for many developers. So far they’ve implemented NFS and SAMBA for sharing files over the network, improved playback from USB devices, and unlocked the ability to use non-Samsung WiFi dongles.

In order to make changes to the system, you need to enable a telnet connection on the device. The SamyGo team accomplished this by changing an official version of the firmware in a hex editor to start the telnet daemon at boot time. This altered firmware is then flashed using Samsung’s built in upgrade system. Once telnet is enabled, non-official firmware can be manually flashed.

We’d love to see this project expand to other TV Brands in the future. In fact, we were looking for something like this back in June when we realized that our Sony Bravia runs a Linux kernel and can be updated via USB drive.  Be careful if you want to try this out. We can only imagine the fallout after telling your significant other that you bricked a high-priced LCD.

Comments

  1. heigibogakari says:

    Grant me a hint how to wire my Dell notebook with Samsung HDTV? I want to connect my computer to my plazma HDTV (Samsung PN50B650 50-Inch Plasma HDTV) that has 3 HDMI Inputs. {What you can suggest|What are my selections & what do I have to find to plug-in my notebook to HDTV. Looking to plug it to the TV so that the videos I usually find in a net can be seen in my plasma tv.

  2. THE ONE says:

    i own the new samsung led tv’s and it plays almost all video formats right from its internal memory,i also connected a 1 tb external usb harddrive and it plays them right from my on screen menu.i am also able to rewind forward and pause.

  3. BTF says:

    Hi. Can anyone help me. I bneed to reload teh firmware on a failed update for a Samsung LA32A450.

    Is there a cold boot strap option? Unfortunately I can not access the menu system voa the on screen menus. Is there a default reemote code or process on power up that reads the USB p[ort and looks for a firmware boot file? Where can I get a owrking image file? Thanks in advance

  4. Matt says:

    Some may ask why? Well, because they can! The 2010 LED line is packed with features that beg to be jail broken (if you can actually call it that).

  5. wassim says:

    I have a LED samsung UE40C6700 with integrated tuner sat. so i want to say if i can use the intégrated sat receiver in may LED to do a sharing and to insert codes for crypted channels. and thanks

  6. pege63 says:

    Hello m8,
    I have a LE40B658T5WXXE with FW T-CHL7DEUC 3000.2, after update to this FW ANYNET+ stoped working with my Samusng BD3600 Player.

    Now Samsung want me to change my B658 to a LEC659T5WXXE, but there is a BIG BIG differance betewen them, MY B658 picture is CRISTAL CLEAR and the C659 is not even the half off it on this matter, they both have samsung S-Panel.

    Is there a way to FIX the BUG in T-CHL7DEUC 3000.2 so that ANYNET+ will work again OR is there a way to PUT in the FW from The LE40C659 FW T-VALDEUC 1014.3 INTO my B658??

    I see that SamyGO forum have FW but i cant register there just get som code and the email does not workin. Does some one have FW for this B650 series and wath is the benefits of this FW?

    In T-VALDEUC 1014.3 ANYNET+ works, Samusng its a SOFTWARE problem so why dont they FIX this probleminsted of changin the whole LCD TV

  7. Raymond Ling says:

    Great article

  8. Jivs says:

    Hi guys, great articles.

    I was wondering if its possible to write the firmware so that I can create a looping playlist for video files and control the power management all remotely via lan or wireless setup?

  9. penduleum says:

    hey all.

    First, great info on this site, some great ideas also. Dint know that the lcd’s are runing linux :)

    I getting tomorro a le32c630. I ame willing to try some things out, ofcourse, only when i ame 100% secure whit what i ame doing, so read a lot..

    The most intrested thing (at least for me) is to be able to play more codex. Not only the samsung supported formats. The other thing that can be intrested, is rooting the device.. But that is a complete other story.. Lets see what we find out… :P

  10. Neiton Fabio Holtz says:

    hi, this firmware Enable write the video in the USB pen drive??? thanks so much!

  11. Randy man says:

    Hi guys, I just wondering if some one can make a video tutorial about this amazing hack SammyGo? and posted on this site or youtube? only for educational purposes. thanks

    samsung serie 6 lcd

  12. MicoMaco says:

    Hey guys!

    Anyone of you figured out how to bypass/hack Samsung’s LED TV DRM of recorded tv show?

  13. mattox says:

    2 things i wish the samsung hd 3d tv done, record anythin on screen and be able to edit it on a pc ie record xbox gameplay, and also would like to install an app to browse the net my tv has not got that option but im sure the new model dose :(

  14. Mr.T says:

    Hey guys… i a newbie on this samsung thing…
    got a series 5 LED uac46qr.
    ive managed to do a firmware update via usb.
    No wireless
    ANY TIPS TRICKS ETC ETC PLZZZZ

  15. giuzeta says:

    hi. i hace a samsung c6000 edge led tv. the quality is good but the great problem of this tv is the imput lag. you can see it in games… is impossible to play good … and you can see it in fast film for example matrix and others.
    like the games in films and also in normal tv mode tou can see that the imput lag causes that the audio arrive before and the video after about 60ms… is a lot… but i know that it is a good tv and the fact that the retard is caused by the costant rendering of the image, the motion plus etc etc… in options there is not game mode and if you switch off motion plus and other effects the imput lag doesn’t change.
    whit a MODDED FIRMWARE i’m sure that this tv can be normal… anybody can mod it? anybody can give me some ideas to modify it? it’s hard for me…
    it is a great problem for everybody has c6000 c6500 and the majority of c models. help US thanks

  16. Steve Nordquist says:

    Which C6000? Did you check http://wiki.samygo.tv/index.php5/Compatibility ? You can’t add audio lag at the TV? It sounds like your source (console) has some odd settings. The c6000 vary with years: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/UN60D6000SFXZA Any updates for yours? Likewise, try a different cable from your console if not another console to see what’s going on.

  17. giuzeta says:

    Thanks to you, i solved the problem of audio lag. in the menu there were the option to set audio lal.
    But the big problem isn’t it. the big problem is the IMPUT LAG for example when i play console the imput lag is orrible, when i put left the signal arrive in about 65ms so it’s very hard to play whit fast control game… it’s impossible to play…the tv function and media player avi mkv etc etc is very good but i can’t play, it’s orrible. in setting there is not “game mode” but i tryed manually to switch off all settings that works on image :result the lag is about 55ms…
    The samy go project is for pvr, internetTV and other function but here the problem is the firmware that is made for elaborate constantly the image. I set the xbox360 to 1080p to have the rendering in the console and not by the tv. I WANT ONLY THAT THE TV SHOW ME THE IMAGE, NOT ELABORATING IT, NOTHING… I NEED ONLY THE IMAGE ON THE PANEL :D …
    there is not a way to bypass everythings???
    thanks to you very much…you are great and you solved my audio lag…now i hope you understood my great problem whit my bad english :) GREAT SITE

  18. Nils says:

    I bought a Smart TV. Then I found out it got no webbrowser. Is it possible on UE32D5705? I can only found D6 and D7 support?

  19. giuzeta says:

    anybody can hel me for the imput lag? hel help heeelp :( the problem that i talked in the previous post …

  20. Crashtec says:

    Any way to change a sony usb wifi to work on a samsung c550 tv.extra points for video

  21. Adriano says:

    Do you know where I find the firmware upgrade to UN55C9000SM model? The SmartTV function does not work. Thanks for any help.

  22. Andre says:

    Any updates for firmware on a LA46C750R2R. The “LA” version of the “LE46C750R2R” made in South Africa has most of it’s features locked down (like Recording) and it would be great if there is a way to unlock it. Unfortunately the default system do not allow us to just upgrade to the LE46C750R2R firmware as it does some sort of check for the local supported firmware only :( .

  23. ApogenA says:

    Hello folks!… Skype is disabled on my Samsung LED TV. Some on the Internet say its dependent on the model, but I don’t know. Anyone know a backdoor way to enable Skype with? Would much appreciate some help!

  24. KiLLeRDuDe says:

    I would love someone who make XBMC run on this. That is the only thing i want.

  25. Allan says:

    those asking about XBTV or MYTH should look into the ability of the Samsung Smart TV to run the PLEX client Ap, and play all the media from your PLEX server. That’s why I bought this TV. I think it work great. I am running a Plex Media Server elsewhere in the house (on a Mac Mini), serving up about 1000 movies, 2000 TV episodes, and all my music. BTW, the Plex Client Ap is free at the Samsung Ap store; also the Plex Media Server is a free download.

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