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Graf_Chokolo Working on PS3 3.55 HV CFW with Dual Boot Linux

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196w ago - Recently Graf_Chokolo revealed that he is working on a PS3 3.55 HV CFW, which will have dual boot Linux built in.

To quote from Dukio: I plan to implement dual boot feature in HV, just like i did on my PS3 3.41, and you can boot with it either gameos or linux or some other system like freebsd. You won’t need any bootos on gameos for that. I will also patch HV and enable more features

I will do it on PS3 slim, first i will resize HDD and add a partition for Linux there

Expect more features coming in as the HV patching continues. Oh, and he is working on a 3.55 FW only at the moment, although on the newer firmware versions is possible according to graf.

Now for 3.55, on other version offsets are different so the code is the same but offsets to patch are different.

When ask about the progress of his lawsuit and if he requires more legal funds, graf_chokolo had to say this:

It's very slow, for now it’s enough i think, thanks.

I have no huge news yet regarding lawsuit but soon I think I will have.

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#33 - Foo - 120w ago
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Mounting PS3's HDD on PC via Linux by Glevand: ps3devwiki.com/wiki/Mounting_HDD_on_PC

  • The goal is to mount PS3 HDD on PC Linux and make changes to it.
  • Use device mapper for transparent encryption/decryption.

ATA and ENCDEC keys

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Device Mapper

  • A really cool feature of Linux 2.6/3.
  • The device mapper is stackable.
  • You have to enable a couple of new kernel features like device mapper crypto, XTS crypto and so on.


  • Swaps bytes in each 16-bit word.
  • It is necessray for HDD/VFLASH encryption/decryption.
  • Tested on Linux 3.5.3
  • GIT repo: gitorious.ps3dev.net/ps3linux/dm-bswap16

What it should look like on a test run:

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On a Test with ps3da

  • Tested with Debian LiveCD and Linux 3.4.10
  • xts_aes: gitorious.ps3dev.net/ps3linux/xts_aes

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  • We don't need xts_aes application anymore.
  • Linux kernel does enctyption/decryption of data transparently for us.
  • One of the device mapper features is that it's stackable which is very useful for us.
  • VFLASH is encrypted twice. So we have to create a second DM crypto target based on the DM crypto target for HDD.

HDD Test
Tested on PS3 itself with Debian LiveCD and Linux kernel version 3.4.10 but you can use the same technique on a Linux PC. I was just lazy and it is easier to test on PS3.

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PS3 HDD Partition Table

  • Now that we can decrypt/encrypt PS3 HDD with Linux, we want to be able to mount HDD/VFLASH regions because only then we can do changes to UFS or FAT filesystems on the HDD.
  • We have to implement PS3 HDD partition table in Linux kernel.
  • The Linux kernel with this feature will create all partition devices automatically in this case and we could mount and modify any HDD regions easily.
  • A new Linux kernel patch is necessary.
  • PS3 partition table is of size 0x1000 bytes.
  • Implemented PS3 partition support in Linux kernel. See patch 0035-ps3-partition.patch here gitorious.ps3dev.net/ps3linux/kernel-patches-35


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#32 - Neo Cyrus - 123w ago
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It's nice to see so much progress being made recently. My hat's off to you gentlemen.

#31 - niwakun - 123w ago
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with these, we can use my PC to grab files from HDD? Like act.dat and rif files.

#30 - pinoytechno - 123w ago
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thanks for sharing this great news to us sir

#29 - PS3 News - 123w ago
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I have now promoted the news to the main page and +Rep for the update Foo!


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