Wonderkik: That was a common misconception when rumours of jailbreak first came out, but it is since proved to be a proper hack.
It just uses the power and eject start sequence to initiate, also it uses the sony jig ID during exploit but this is not anywhere near a real sony jig, This works pretty much like an old school psp buffer overflow exploit, put simply it confuses ps3 into writing to an area of memory it not meant to allowing an xml to be patched along with a few hyperviser patches to stop ps3 panicing.
Anyway aside from that I really think these guys haven't got half the credit they deserve, I find it extremely hard to believe that that some random new hacker/team popped up with this as a first piece of work on the scene. I see it being much more likely that either:
- It's a sony leak, an employee who knows ps3 inside out and has tried to cash in (Why not, I probably would in that position!)
- It's an already well known dev or group possibly from psp or 360 scene, but they are staying quiet due to inevitable backlash for not releasing it for free and legal problems (I'm thinking BIG well known name if this is the case, I have no problem with them charging really, their time and they can charge for it whenever the want)
- It was something to do with geohot as he dumped the hardware and might have seen this bug in code somehow. he seemed to be making headway on ps3 very quickly and even said he could make a 3.21 that would retain otherOS, not really a guy to talk crap either, then he just stoppped. maybe he sold his discovery to a thirdparty (so Jailbreak name is maybe not just a coincidence!)
- Possibly There was just a lot of money and people thrown at the problem by a big company, enough paid devs working on a console for months would probably find a hole!
To me it seems impossible for this to be developed slowly from scratch by a unknown dev or devs as the amount of trial and error involved to get the hack to this stage would be ridiculus especially when the dev would have no way of knowing if each step was successful unless all steps succeeded.
I would be very suprised is this story turns out to be true about 3.42 - 3.50, jailbreak team are good but I doubt they are that good! I still hope its true though, maybe original jailbreak devs did discover more exploits and they only released this one!