Its going to be more than just a Hardware ID == boot debug. At the very least on that little dongle of their's there is an XML file that describes the 2 new additions to the XMB. As far as I know, its not included in the official retail firmwares.
If it's indeed a 18Fxx50 family PIC then it has a lot of internal flash memory.
18F4550 has 32k and sports self writing too.
Dumping it is out of the question as it's a pretty safe chip but sniffing it is surely possible and should be enough.
are the clones even worth getting? and if so whats the point?
Sony is already starting to ban the psn's of jailbroken ps3s.
With all due respect, but why do you guys think that this MCU can be easily dumped? Today even MCUs which are not meant to be used on smartcards have some kind of minimum requirements on the security which make them quite hard to hack using homemade stuff like glitchers.
IMHO there are three possibilities why there are clones coming up:
- The dump of the jigstick has been sold to different parties by the original hacker.
- The PS Jailbreak Team is selling the lower priced clones because in some parts of the world, 140$ or 110 Euro is way too much for the average.
- The PS Jailbreak stick has been dumped in a specialized lab and some other team wants to jump on the bandwagon.
Typically the PS3 would send encrypted random data to the stick and wait for the stick to respond to that challenge with the decrypted random data.
So sniffing won't help at all, since the response would be different at each challenge. Sorry to rain on your parade...
Last edited by Karl69; 08-23-2010 at 06:58 AM
I don't know if its just me, but i'm quite excited at the possibility of say, reproducing the chip's functions on say the psp, which can plug directly into the ps3. In my mind it seems like the highest potential for a free version of this. ofcourse the catch is, that you'd have to have a psp. but the price of the original psj is nearly the price of a psp anyway :s lol