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PS3 Firmware 3.21 Update Arrives, It Only Does Less Than It Did!


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225w ago - As scheduled, today the PS3 Firmware 3.21 update is available for download and as Sony previously confirmed it disables the OtherOS functionality in an effort to make the PlayStation 3 entertainment system more secure.

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PS3 hacker GeoHot ([Register or Login to view links] to [Register or Login to view links]) has promised a solution to those who hold off updating their console which may include PS3 Custom Firmware alongside a [Register or Login to view links] open-source PS3 RSX driver rumored to be in development.

More details to come as they are available, including a full PS3 Firmware version 3.21 changelog. At the moment, all that is available from the [Register or Login to view links] site according to [Register or Login to view links] is the following, to quote: "Firstly it appears the quality of of PlayStation format software from the Store has been improved, presumably referring to the PS1 functionality (FFIX?).

Secondly, it appears that the security of MP4 video playback has been boosted too, removing some vulnerabilities."

RSX objects:

0x0 -- 0x30 -- NV01_NULL
0x31337000 -- 0x4097 -- NV40TCL
0x31337303 -- 0x39 -- NV_MEMORY_TO_MEMORY_FORMAT
0x3137C0DE -- 0x39 -- NV_MEMORY_TO_MEMORY_FORMAT
0x31337A73 -- 0x309E -- NV40_SWIZZLED_SURFACE
0x313371C3 -- 0x3062 -- NV40_CONTEXT_SURFACES_2D
0x3137AF00 -- 0x3089 -- NV40_SCALED_IMAGE_FROM_MEMORY
0x31337808 -- 0x308A -- NV40_IMAGE_FROM_CPU

Changelog:

• The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been deleted.
• The playback quality of some PlayStation® format software that is downloaded (as a purchase or for free) from PlayStation®Store has been improved.
• A security patch was added to address security vulnerabilities that may occur when playing MP4 format video files.

Finally, those who don't plan to update may want to check out the guides on How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN.



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FKell's Avatar
#101 - FKell - 224w ago
Actually not so much infos runs through dns, it's only a protocol used to bind an IP address with a nameserver...

Yeah, it only points your system where to go when you specify a server name. No one has ever setup a fake site that looks like the real thing which redirects to the real thing after authentication (and logs the username/password for later use). It's not like anyone has ever thought of that before, so there is no problem with this type of thing.

Oh, wait, it HAS been done before? F-Me!

(If no one picked up on the sarcasm, I am saying the above is all sarcastic). For proof, see below:

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ruger1234's Avatar
#100 - ruger1234 - 224w ago
Actually not so much infos runs through dns, it's only a protocol used to bind an IP address with a nameserver....
The point is of course that whoever controls DNS can perform a MITM attack.

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#99 - moneymaker - 224w ago
Unless it's been verified by the community as being safe, I'd stay away from it.

I tried that DNS, and while yes it does work, I have no idea who's looking at that traffic (or what intentions they may have with it).

After trying it once, I immediately changed my login email and password. So far I haven't heard of anything bad happening from it, but we still have no idea who/what is running it.
Actually not so much infos runs through dns, it's only a protocol used to bind an IP address with a nameserver...

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#98 - Pretikewl - 224w ago
I've been looking everywhere for a way to setup my own PS3 firmware bypass site because I really don't trust the one that everyone has been saying to use. I'd rather be sure my passwords, etc. are safe. Thanks!

Unless it's been verified by the community as being safe, I'd stay away from it.

I tried that DNS, and while yes it does work, I have no idea who's looking at that traffic (or what intentions they may have with it).

After trying it once, I immediately changed my login email and password. So far I haven't heard of anything bad happening from it, but we still have no idea who/what is running it.

t3nk3n's Avatar
#97 - t3nk3n - 224w ago
It's seems the only method of bypassing 3.21 is to run a local proxy server, so when the PS3 check for system updates it get redirect to the local proxy server. Not bad, at you know all information get sent to the local server.

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