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


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226w 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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#76 - lilstevie - 226w ago
however, if geohot does make cfw for the ps3 what is to stop him from inserting code that records your user email address, password, and payment information that you have for the ps store? then he could sell the list for personal gain to some third party that will use the information for no good purpose.

personally i wouldn't trust anything geohot puts out unless i can see the source code and read through it myself before compiling it myself to make the "executable." even if he offers just a "patch" to the official firmware to keep the otheros option, he could still write in code to steal peoples log in credentials.
Well 1 thing that i can see that would stop him is that it would hurt his reputation.

Geo is quite trusted in the iphone scene, and in the iphone scene we have the AppStore which also uses email address/password authentication. To date nobody has done something as deceitful as this.

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#75 - moneymaker - 226w ago
..don't think anyone who knows how this works is going to be fooled by that.. it's intended for Sony's interests, to "push back" against "the hacker".

Sony could've just gotten a statement from their linux team and from their engineers, of course, and explained the extent of work left before a cfw, along with how useless this move is... but no, Sony can't do that for some reason..

Strange, isn't it.. how the system with no piracy has the most problems like this. Sony's shareholders and department leads certainly haven't gotten any smarter in the last couple of years..
Yep, this is not an "I agree" only post, but I've to, cause you focused on the situation, shareholders opinions are easily exploitable, more than PS3 itself for sure but it's not up to them to take this kind of decisions and the "go get some anger out of our more faithful customers" it's something that leaves me speachless.

PSX, born in 1995, death in 2000, PSOne born in 2000 death in 2006, PS2 born in 2000, death in 2006, PS2slim born in 2005, still (someway) alive, PS3 FAT born in 2005/6 death in 2009/10, PS3slim born in 2009/10, death ? We are in 2nd cycle of PS3, this means hardware is not so fresh and also interest into modding are nearly gone by far, despite some hope behind claims that furthermore were transparent and not "aimed to piracy" like the GeoHot's ones after his discovery...

They've done a lot of work improving PSN and offering demos of the games, this has done more than what many ones can imagine against piracy and has given a good image of the company, internet has cooperate along this, seeing a review of a game helps many to choose exactly the game they like taking away many needs to "try" games in a illegal way, now, when they were ready to shot the 3D cartridge telling to the world that PS3 has still some shell to fire going out with this move is really wrecking havoc on what they've done in the last years.

PS3 from an hardware side has a shorter life-cycle for the most of the users than previous consoles, it generates more heat and the lens is not rugged as the PSX ones, FAT PS3 will die sooner or later, why not leaving them die in peace with everything those ones had from the birth ?

Let say that 0,1% of PS3 owners were full-fledged hackers of whom only one to date has taken really interest into opening a system and furthermore claiming that it would have been only to relese the full-linux-power of the console..

What is it ? They don't believe him ? They fear that some "businessman" could have taken billions dollar to put into a linux-game producing company, furthermore nearly at the end of the console life-cycle ? A linux GPU locked console even ?

I hope they will realize soon this is the worst bad joke they could have played to themselves...

And now let we unleash the true power of a 5 years old console, go granny, you're not retired yet...

Sorry for the very long post...

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#74 - PS3 News - 226w ago
Sony could've just gotten a statement from their linux team and from their engineers, of course, and explained the extent of work left before a cfw, along with how useless this move is... but no, Sony can't do that for some reason..
I did see this today, as expected of course: [Register or Login to view links]
Hi Everyone,

From April 1st, 2010 my work assignment within Sony will change, and I will longer be assigned to work on PS3-Linux. After the change I will continue to maintain PS3-Linux, but as a personal hobby, and not as an effort supported by Sony Computer Entertainment.

Please use this address for all future PS3-Linux maintenance inquiries:

geoff at infradead.org

If you have any questions or comments regarding the PS3 please contact the Playstation Customer Support in your country. Using Playstation Customer Support will insure your inquiry is processed through the correct channels within SCE.

-Geoff

nipsen's Avatar
#73 - nipsen - 226w ago
...maybe I'm completely wrong too, this move leaves to believe they're stopping something with it, but it could also be a psychological pressure to hijack focus of those ones working on it....
..don't think anyone who knows how this works is going to be fooled by that.. it's intended for Sony's interests, to "push back" against "the hacker".

Sony could've just gotten a statement from their linux team and from their engineers, of course, and explained the extent of work left before a cfw, along with how useless this move is... but no, Sony can't do that for some reason..

Strange, isn't it.. how the system with no piracy has the most problems like this. Sony's shareholders and department leads certainly haven't gotten any smarter in the last couple of years..

Kiriller's Avatar
#72 - Kiriller - 226w ago
logan5 works for me, confirmed on fat 80gig, REMEMBER TO UNCHECK THE BOX and you'll be fine happy gaming.

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