156w ago - Update: CodeTwink has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update version 3.55 blocked access to lv2 kernel "execute" access, however, if you can patch back in a method to lv1_write_htab_entry, you can re-enable this area.
Today Sony Network Operations Americas VP Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware update v3.55 has arrived and simply adds a security patch.
Currently it is possible for PS Downgrade / JailBreak users to exit the PS3 Factory/Service Mode and get back to a normal Retail PS3 console using the lv2diag.self file_2.
Finally, although not recommended for PS3 homebrew fans, PS3 Firmware 3.55 is a mandatory update for those seeking to use PSN.
While some have reported the various bypass methods are temporarily working, more promising solutions include PS3 hackers continuing work on decrypting PS3 Firmware 3.50 with version 3.55 next in their sights.
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While you say crippling it, you understand what they are blocking is exactly what the PS3 was not made for. Full Customization and Hacking. So you cant really complain legitimately. They own the rights to the console and firmware and can modify it when and however they want to.
Also, I know youre probably just kidding around, but they would never release a patch over a rumor. I would think the people there would investigate further.
It's awesome that people communicate so freely on these boards, but I seriously think we need like a devs only section for people that have built up credibility, or those guys need private channels to talk in.
I think it sucks that we have people working so hard to decrypt 3.50 keys, and firmware, and get the jailbreak and downgrade working. Then we release this information weeks before its ready and how it works. All this does is give time for the fools that make money off these devices to develop something and sell it, and for $.on.y to develop a patch.
Now the problem I can foresee will be reaching 3.50, but now 3.55 is required for PSN Access.
Also, they must've been following our scene, if they only released 1 change, and have increase 5 build/version numbers.
PS3 Fat / 160GB at 1TB / Uncharted Bundle WDC 1TB Ecogreen 32MB EADS 3.5" internal through male to female cable.
Formatted the drive & made a fresh install with 3.50. Updated to 3.55 by downloading the full PUP to Pen Drive. No problems so far. I'm waiting for my JB stuff to arrive. I'll test them with the 3.55 and post the results.
PS: Did anybody test larger capacity drives, like 1.5TB or 2TB to see if they added support besides blocking the downgrade?