193w 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.
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 PlayStation Japan site according to TheSixthAxis.com 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."
• 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.
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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:
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.