170w ago - Update: Several users who updated to PS3 Firmware 3.42 have now confirmed (along with Sony directly) that Sony has indeed added 'additional security features' and patched the PS3 exploit used for PS JailBreak, PSGroove and PSFreedom as expected so it is advised you do NOT update if you plan to use them.
For those who just signed in to PlayStation Network, PS3 Firmware update 3.42 is now available to download.
While we can speculate on whether Sony blocked PS JailBreak with it, etc feel free to grab it below and report in the comments any changes you notice and we will update the news accordingly.
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I haven't seen it mentioned yet but don't think that the hardware is totally patched out I would be suprised if it is. The reason I think this is because on my ps3 american 60gb 3.42 the ps3 takes 8 seconds to boot normally and 17 seconds with the ps3 trying to boot into jig assisted recovery mode. That would mean the jig hardware id is blocked or the software is patched or both but not unable to go into jig search mode.
Regardless of any of that the Ps Jailbreak team has already overcame this once and it is allways hardest the first time. Even if they bought the jig they should still have the contact or someone the contact knows who still works with them for the updated hardware id and such.
But then again with peak and poke multi firmware softmods and custom firmwares are only a matter of time.
Actually, depending on your model of PS3, some of them do indeed store part of the firmware on the HDD instead of entirely in flash, but as I said, only PART of it. Sony isn't stupid enough to store the entire firmware on the HDD so somebody can simply swap it out to downgrade.