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How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN


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252w ago - With the release of PS3 Firmware 3.21, many are now planning to hold off updating their PlayStation 3 consoles and use one of the PS3 Proxy applications to bypass the required PS3 Firmware update to connect to PSN.

While most of the applications, guides and videos are quite dated (from 2007-2009), below are links to some to make navigating easier. Special THANKS to ekrboi and themiker for making recent guides as well, also available below.

We will continue to add relevant links as they are dug up, and also links to posts with all new guides that prove useful.

How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN Guides:

- LG5Tool (Logan5) Guide
- PS3.ProxyServer.GUI Guide
- PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed Guide
- PS3 Proxy Server GUI Bypass Method Guide
- How to Bypass PS3 Firmware Update 2.30+ via PS3 Proxy
- How to use PS3 Proxy Server Guide
- PS3 Proxi v1.0 is Now Available
- Video: PS3 Proxy Server Demonstrated on Firmware 2.60
- PS3 Firmware 2.35 and PS3 Proxy Guide
- How to Block PSN and Retain PS3 Media Server Usage
- Bypassing the PS3 Firmware Check Guide
- Guide on PSN Links Questions
- How to use PS3 Proxy Server Guide
- Guide: How to Bypass the PS3 Firmware Check
- PSN Firmware Bypass using only PS3 Proxy
- Installing PS3 Demos / Bypassing PS3 Firmware Check Guide
- PS3 Online Without Updating When an Update is Available

Related PS3 Files:

- PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3
- PS3 Proxi v1.1 R2
- PS3 Proxi v1.1
- PS3 Proxi v1.0
- PS3 Prox v3.3
- PS3 Proxy/Update Bypass v0.1
- PS3 System Update Bypasser BETA v0.1
- PS3 Proxy
- PS3 ProxyServer Installer (ENGLISH)
- PS3 ProxyServer Installer
- PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed Video
- PS3 Proxy Multi-Region Standalone Background Service
- PS3 Proxy Standalone Background Service
- PS3 ProxyServer GUI Controller v1.0.1011 With Source Code
- Auto-start PS3 ProxyServer GUI Final With Source Code
- Auto-start PS3 ProxyServer GUI With Source Code
- PS3 Firmware Check All-In-One Remover

Feel free to reply to this thread with which application and guide you found easiest, as they all accomplish essentially the same result.



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#178 - 0verdrive - 250w ago
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just curious if PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3 still works. trying to get onto psn, and i heard reports that none of the proxy programs work anymore, but there isn't anyone on this thread that has said that PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3 is not working. just curious.

#177 - weii - 250w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Vortex3D View Post

Sony's idea is if you don't want to update to each latest firmware, your PS3 will eventually become incompatible with newer games even you don't play online. That's the power of today's electronics that are required to be updated. The electronics manufacturer can choose to take away any functionality whenever they want. As consumers, we have no control left of electronics functionalities that we originally bought the it for if we want to stay compatible.

And this is going to get worse as more electronics that are designed to be connected to the internet for updates. Just wait until your fancy cell phone gets certain functionality disabled because it's required for a new firmware update. If you don't want to update, you can't use your phone.

Yep, that is actually a sad story for consumer these days. On the outside, it appears that when you buy/bought a product, it is yours. But the truth is, these days, companies are making it that even though you buy/bought their product, you do not own it, they still owns them, they just "lent" or "rent" or "borrow to" you that particular product. Ownership never left their hand.

#176 - Vortex3D - 250w ago
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With each firmware update over the last year or so, Sony always changed something on the PSN side to prevent any kind of firmware update bypass to logon to PSN a few weeks later of the latest firmware release.

I'm guessing, PSN can request what version of firmware the PS3 is trying to logon. If that is true, then DNS or Proxy bypass wouldn't be able to get around it.

Firmware 3.21 is probably has the largest use of the update bypass to logon to PSN and this time, Sony was quick in updating the PSN prevent any older firmware to logon to PSN.

Sony's idea is if you don't want to update to each latest firmware, your PS3 will eventually become incompatible with newer games even you don't play online. That's the power of today's electronics that are required to be updated. The electronics manufacturer can choose to take away any functionality whenever they want. As consumers, we have no control left of electronics functionalities that we originally bought the it for if we want to stay compatible.

And this is going to get worse as more electronics that are designed to be connected to the internet for updates. Just wait until your fancy cell phone gets certain functionality disabled because it's required for a new firmware update. If you don't want to update, you can't use your phone.

#175 - moneymaker - 250w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by 50437 View Post
i am set to Primary DNS IP to 67.202.81.137. Worked flawless.. but now it saying playstation network FAILED ??

Yep, it seems it has been shuttered OR they've added a check... not sure but I'll go "check" this 8002A212 out.. time allowing, of course...

#174 - Tamikaze - 250w ago
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I've pretty much tried about 5 or 6 different methods to bypass the firmware check and they all seem to refuse to work. So it looks like the PS3 Linux community is back to square one.

#173 - BucN - 250w ago
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comcast dns bypass, motorola sb5101 with cfw = free internet

i'm updating to 3.21 the hell with it, I have a clan war @5:00

#172 - Kev7381 - 250w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by BucN View Post
i used 4.2.2.2 and 4.2.2.3 (hacking comcast) dns.

what kind a hack is that of your DNS...

#171 - BucN - 250w ago
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i used 4.2.2.2 and 4.2.2.3 (hacking comcast) dns.

#170 - weii - 250w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by 50437 View Post
i am set to Primary DNS IP to 67.202.81.137. Worked flawless.. but now it saying playstation network FAILED ??

I wonder if they simply somehow banned the requests that come from that DNS. I am not network savvy, so this is my guess.

Yeah, but unless majority of people do that, otherwise, Sony is not going to care much.

#169 - PS3 News - 250w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ju2ef View Post
From Mathieulh twitter:
The consumers ps3 3.15 Firmware can no longer connect to the psn. P.S. I still strongly advise anyone not to update their consoles to 3.21.

LOL he's a little slow, as it's been reported since this morning here.

From IRC though, hopefully GeoHot cares more than Mathieulh seems to:
guessswh0 wireshark wont work
the auth uses ssl
the only way would be to decrypt the vsh and reverse it to find where the check is
not for the psn auth at least
even if anyone is to ever figure out what the check actually is
then remember that you can't just run unsigned code like that
which means it is likely you would have to run a patched lv2
I believe replacing most of the vsh to the 3.21 version is likely to do the trick though
the problem is it isn't gonna work more than once, when sony releases 3.22, you all get screwed
not sure yet but I assume vsh sprx, unless they are just the ones in the cert folder
(which I happen to have)
those are probably the webbrowser certs though
well I am not leaking sony's certs in there so I guess you'll have to dump these on your own xD
who cares about the psn anyway ? :P

 

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