In related news, graf_chokolo has now detailed how to decrypt PS3 PKGs as noted HERE.
To quote: Today he's shared his work with the public, however, it still requires some work, before it is fully functional. Right now, his code still requires the dongle master key, one that is buried within the PS3 console. The good news, is zAxis feels this key can be retrieved via a 3.15 fw console.
He is asking the community, anyone with a 3.15 console, to help retrieve this key. Once retrieved, PSGrade should become fully functional. Below, is his request to the public.
To anyone who wants to help, here is what you have to do:
1- run the PSGrade I posted (just like jp)
2- reboot into linux (no power cycling!!)
3- dump HV (and post it)
If you dont know how to dump HV in linux, then google it (you will need to open your ps3 and solder it DONT DO IT IF YOU ARE NOT AN EXPERT!!!)
Once you get the key, post it in key.h and try it.
Please remember, this is a work in progress, nothing is working yet (so don't ask for hexes), and nothing is for sure. Good Luck.
Oh, and thanks to graf_chokolo for ... everything, Hansi for the dump, and mathieulh for PSGroove (PSGrade is a derivative of PSGroove) and everyone else.
Update: Thanks to d0zs and Tripleblacklac, PSGrade is know confirmed to initiate the challenge/response protocol on 3.50. What that means? it means that once we have the right key, 3.50 will be in service mode using PSGrade. REMEMBER we don't have a working key yet, so no service mode.
According to graf_chokolo, to get the ps3 to decrypte the master key, then you have to call "Verify Response" and the master key will saved in plain text. it is called when plugin a jig, and that is what PSGrade is.
Once we have the key, we will have a working jig :-) And no 3.41 is no good even if you have dump the HV. Here is my discussion with graf_chokolo: http://xorloser.com/?p=297&cpage=5#comments
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For a start posting the key is "illegal" so there might just be someone out there sitting on one dumped by one of the methods out there but not too keen on having ynos on their backs... (although it would be put out in the wild like the rest of YNOS files...)
Besides its not an easy process dumping the key. However we shouldn't be too far now as Graf_Chakaloko has just got his PS3 on 3.15
This is great news that we are close to a downgrade, what I don't understand is why isn't this the top thread on the ps3 hack forums, I mean if i could help the scene i would but i have two ps3's with 3.50.