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Rumor: PS3 Master Key / Device Key Finally Uncovered?


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190w ago - As a follow-up to the Infectus and E3 Card Reader PS3 Downgrader news, today the PS3 Break Team (and the PS3Key/EcliPS3 Teams) have also confirmed they have a PlayStation 3 Downgrader for 3.50 Firmware consoles incoming.

Below is a picture, and the announcement from their site, linked above:

Currently, news spreads on Internet regarding some brand dongle companies have capable of downgrading PS3 firmware from v3.50 to v3.41.

PS3Break dongle is ultimate testing. It will be officially launched in the next few days! please expect together !

So it appears all of the PS JailBreak PS3 modchip clone devices will utilize the PS3 downgrader functionality, and here is to hoping a free version also surfaces soon.





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#5 - PS3 News - 190w ago
I guess we'll know soon enough, eh? Estx stated: "If graf doesn't find it by tomorrow – I'll release the key."
Damn it!!! If this is real then CFW is on da' way. You're such one lucky dude... but why not just sharing it for a proof??
This was his explanation on why, for what it's worth: "Only reason I'm holding it back – is because no one helped me when I asked for it. (;"

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#4 - al5911 - 190w ago
Damn it!!! If this is real then CFW is on da' way. You're such one lucky dude... but why not just sharing it for a proof??

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#3 - DeViL303 - 190w ago
Wow, If this is really true then this has been an extra busy productive week for PS3 hackers, great progress, keep up the good work guys but ill wait for conclusive proof too! The layers of Sony's security do just keep falling though, what next I wonder! I wouldnt be surprised if a full-on open source downgrader is on the way before next week!

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#2 - evilsperm - 190w ago
Calling BS 27 mins... lmfao this is just too damn funny, someone can go ahead and do the math on how long it would actually take to brute force a key and by all means you can factor in luck if you really want because I would love to see 27 mins.

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#1 - PS3 News - 190w ago
Update #2: Now zAxis reports that the news of the PS3 Master Key was not legitimate after all.

Update: graf_chokolo has now confirmed he found the PS3 Master Key, and plans to release it publicly after PSGrade is updated with it and is spread!

Today Estx on xorloser's blog (linked above) has announced that he has uncovered the PS3 Master Key and will post it shortly, however, some users including phiren believe it is really the Device Key and are awaiting more details.

Below are some comment and code excerpts, as follows:

Estx: I’ve found the Masterkey from bruteforcing dumps from my system.

Took 27 minutes, over 8,100,000 possible keys. Lol – could’ve waited but ah well.

If anyone is interested in doing the same, you can find it on 3.41.


Challenge and response I took from the dumps reported on psx-scene. If graf doesn't find it by tomorrow – I'll release the key. Only reason I'm holding it back – is because no one helped me when I asked for it. (;

phiren: Either your code you supplied is nothing like the actual code you used, or you managed to fluke the correct device key for the device that was used to generate that response, not the master key.

Estx: It’s just psuedo code. Actual code has a few more lines than this. Inclusive of byte conversion, list generating from binary dumps and other trivial functions.

I have no way to dump the data between my at90usb192 and PS3 so I can’t post any challenge/response logs.

And it’s not a magic key – it is the master key. I have tried it so far from 3.41 and 3.50 on my slim and fat.

That’s the actual loop there: [Register or Login to view links]


Prior to this is generation of the list etcetera.

phiren: I’m thinking more of the code which does an SHA1-HMAC between the master key and the dongle ID to generate the device key which is finally SHA1-HMACed with the challenge. A single device key will work on all firmware versions, which makes it just as useful as the master key for our purposes.

It just means that Sony can revoke that single device and you can’t possibly generate another device key. But since Sony will probably revoke every single device and start again with a new master key with the next firmware version, having the master key isn’t that useful.

Estx: That’s what I was thinking as I was learning how to generate the correct response before constructing a quick loop. The expected response is 20 bytes of what you suggested above.

I’ve found no other use of the master key yet.. so you’re quite right. Mind you, I’m not as talented as some of the other developers here, I’m still playing around with new things I’m finding in the firmware’s. And thank’s to graf’s work – there’s even more to play around with.


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