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    The PS3's private cryptography key may have been cracked, leading to the console to be cracked forever, with no firmware updates capable of stopping the exploit.

    Due to poor design in the PS3's security control systems, where a randomized variable was made a constant instead, the hack means that any code can now be signed to made to look like officially sanctioned code, and there's not a thing Sony can do about it.

    In other words, the PS3 can no longer tell legal, authorized software apart from pirated ones that have been signed using the leaked key.

    The group responsible for the hack, fail0verflow, says their intentions behind the hack was to re-enable the running of Linux on the PS3. The "Other OS" function on the PS3, which Sony once promoted as an unique selling point for the game console, was used by many to run custom versions of Linux on the PS3 to allow the console to do much more than what is was designed to do. Last year, Sony removed the "Other OS" function on the PS3, ironically due to fears of piracy, and it was this move that ultimately led fail0verflow to begin work on cracking the PS3, and the result could be more piracy for the console than Sony had ever imagined.

    This follow the release of the separate PSJailbreak device, its origins was also inspired by Sony's removal of Other OS.

    It appears Sony's two major mistakes, one of using a constant instead of a random variable, and two, pissing off the hacker community by removing Other OS.

    Here's a video of fail0verflow presenting their hack to the world at the Chaos Computer Club Congress:



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    Finally...now I'll get the PS3.
    Goes to prove what I've always said, and may others....if a man made it another can break it.....jsut have to piss the right one off.

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    So does this mean I can downgrade my firmware?

    Or maybe put Linux back? I've held off on upgrading my PS3 because I like having Linux on it, but that means I can't sign into PSN, and thus any "Digital Copy for PSP" movies won't transfer, I had to put them on my friend's PS3 until I can update mine and get the videos authorized on my console. But I refuse to update if I can't use Linux...
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    I think it's probably wise to wait a bit just to see what kind of software/firmware can be developed out of this, and whether it can bring back Linux (perhaps someone will just make a Linux CD/DVD that can be used on the PS3 to installs Linux to the HDD, in the same way you install games). Or at the very least, allow firmware downgrades. I would hold off on upgrading until something more concrete. But the signs are good...

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    Custom firmware out, but it will be a while before it can do anything cool like run homebrew:

    http://kotaku.com/5725088/you-can-no...m-ps3-firmware

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    Sony says they plan to fix this latest security breach via updates.

    "We are aware of this, and are currently looking into it. We will fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details, " Sony told Edge Magazine.

    Fail0verflow, the group that made the hack public, feels different. Fail0verflow member pytey told the BBC that "The complete console is compromised – there is no way back ... The only way to fix this is to issue new hardware. Sony will have to accept this."

    It appears Sony have not accepted it.

    http://www.next-gen.biz/news/sony-responds-to-ps3-hacks

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    PS3 hacker geohot shows off jailbroken PS3 (with 3.55 firmware) running homebrew:


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    geohot releases jailbroken 3.55 firmware for all to use on his website:

    http://www.geohot.com/

    "would be pirates, don't waste your time" is posted on the website

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    Sony sues geohot and his team over the PS3 firmware 3.55 hack. They're being sued under the DMCA, the violations of the computer fraud and abuse act, for contributory copyright infringement and a bunch of other laws, even "trespass".

    http://www.geek.com/articles/games/s...reak-20110112/

    You can read the filed complaint here:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/46739943/Complaint

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    The court case is being delayed by jurisdiction issues at the moment it appears.

    Meanwhile, geohot says Sony is wasting their time with a lawsuit, since once the leak has occurred, it's pointless to have the temporary restraining order in place.

    One of geohot's, or George Hotz's, attorneys says that this lawsuit is all about Sony sending a message to those thinking about attempting to break future Sony devices, not about any actual "bona fide relief" for this particular hack. "Rather, it is an attempt from Sony to send a message that any individual using Sony hardware in a way Sony does not deem appropriate will result in harsh legal consequences from a multi-billion dollar company, irrespective of any legal basis or authority for such action, " said Stewart Kellar.

    And another custom 3.55 firmware has been released, this time by Waninkoko, and this firmware does allow pirated games to be played via the included "backup manager". But users should be careful since there are reports the firmware bricks PS3s that have an onboard 256MB NAND chip, not to mention any actions Sony will be taking too to ban modified consoles.

    And a more negative side effect of the hacking - cheaters! The security system's flaw now allows Modern Warfare 2 "gamers" to mess around with player stats and all sorts of other things which the developer, Infinity Ward, says they are unable to prevent. MW2 used PS3's own security framework, as opposed to relying on a custom framework.

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    http://www.zeropaid.com/news/92091/p...ck-in-the-bag/

    http://www.justpushstart.com/2011/01...bricking-ps3s/

    http://gamerfront.net/2011/01/ps3-ha...ayability/5564

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    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    And another custom 3.55 firmware has been released, this time by Waninkoko, and this firmware does allow pirated games to be played via the included "backup manager". But users should be careful since there are reports the firmware bricks PS3s that have an onboard 256MB NAND chip, not to mention any actions Sony will be taking too to ban modified consoles.
    It's now confirmed that the Waninikoko custom firmware bricks consoles with the 256MB NAND chip. Here's a list of PS3 models that the firmware *does not* work on:

    CECHA
    CECHB
    CECHC
    CECHE
    CECHG

    You've been warned!

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    Does this let you install Linux on your PS3 again?
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    Yes it does, but this isn't something you should do w/o fully understanding what you are doing. READ and RESEARCH "BEFORE" you ever use the custom firmwares coming out. This is still in the early phases and the firmwares will get better in time, but it is not something you should be doing without fully understanding the process. You can and will brick your console to possibly a non-reversible or unrepairable state.

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    Well I'm not sure which PS3 console I have - it's at home and I'm at a college dorm right now. Next time I'm home I'll check.

    If it's compatible with the CFW, though, I should look into it.
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    I, personally, would not use it even if it is on the compatible list. I think it is too early to assume that it will not create issues on those consoles as well. Just my opinion. The firmware will get better and I'd suggest you wait for some extended usage and testing to be done.

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