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PS3 Blu-ray Drive Project Begins to Run Game Backups via HDD


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214w ago - This weekend SKFU shared news of a research project that himself, iQD and a few others have began work on with the PS3 Blu-ray drive in order to, among other goals, run PlayStation 3 game backups from the PS3 HDD.

Getting Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system to function without a BDD was not a difficult challenge for them, however, many may recall previous attempts by MysticHades among others to examine PS3 hacks which allow running game backups from the hard disk drive.

Earlier this year, knightsolidus detailed the Blu-ray drive PS3 CXD4302GB Chip Test Points, and Spanish site Elotrolado reported on a PS3 exploit found to run PlayStation 3 backups along with a leaked Sony Disc Boot Game Patch Programming Guide.

Prior to that, PS3 developers examined several PS3 Blu-ray Flash Dumps and utilized [Register or Login to view links] via PS3 Linux to command the PlayStation 3 drives to return their respective Firmware revisions for comparison.

Finally, pictured below is a PS3 Test (DECH) unit with a PlayStation 3 HDD connected to USB port 4 (which actually registers as USB0) in order to utilize the PS3 Debug BD Emulator with Final Fantasy XIII on the screen. More details will be posted as they become available, and to quote from SKFU:

"The project started as one to let PS3 work without the BDD. That's easy by ripping the drive hardware but the firmware board. This was just a fun project.

While I sniffed all ports used by the BDD I started thinking about an emulation of the drive. At the moment iQD, me and a few more friends collect the correct hardware which is needed to realize a decent analyze of the Blu-Ray drive. We'll keep you updated ;-)"



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xrayglasses's Avatar
#28 - xrayglasses - 214w ago
..there won't be. It's not a feasible solution to modify the firmware. And I don't think he's good enough to actually write a wrapper into an existing firmware.

So.. this one is probably the most likely solution - a way to map an external hdd to be read as a blu-ray.. actually a good idea. The wrapper could be written externally, that kind of thing, if the hardware board reads it as a bd.. would basically circumvent the entire security system if successful.
PUP is based mostly on well documented formats. You basically do exactly what you do when keygenning except here you have limited methods of tracing and animation unless you roll your own IDA plugin or disassembler front-end.

Over half the work is already done on the CFW concept, just simply nobody is working on that vector I guess cause most people don't know how to reverse RISC.

urbanracer34's Avatar
#27 - urbanracer34 - 214w ago
Two new tweets from SKFU. I'll be posting them as I get them:

first retail ps3 showed HELLO WORLD white on black
3 minutes ago via web

basic code finished
about 1 hour ago via web

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#26 - nipsen - 214w ago
nice progress! i want to see this console get hacked, but are there any updates from geohot?
..there won't be. It's not a feasible solution to modify the firmware. And I don't think he's good enough to actually write a wrapper into an existing firmware.

So.. this one is probably the most likely solution - a way to map an external hdd to be read as a blu-ray.. actually a good idea. The wrapper could be written externally, that kind of thing, if the hardware board reads it as a bd.. would basically circumvent the entire security system if successful.

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#25 - tjay17 - 214w ago
I really hope this works, the ps3 really needs to be hacked.

urbanracer34's Avatar
#24 - urbanracer34 - 214w ago
Here's some tweets from SKFU himself about this twitter-project. Whetever it is, it sounds really big:

back @ the project. it's going well so far. can' t tell more yet. stay tuned!
about 2 hours ago via web

external script loading via usb/sd/ms/cf/cd/dvd/bd works fine on any retail units
about 4 hours ago via web

atm we're testing on different ps3 retail models. after first tests are over i'll tell you the status
about 4 hours ago via web

progress is going well. trying to load the poc via memory stick slot for a better debugging. will keep ya updated...
about 4 hours ago via web

18:00 i'll start coding the poc. let's hope it works...
about 8 hours ago via web

bd research has to wait a bit. a very tiny other project started. let's hope the best for first ps3-only-code homebrew poc.
about 9 hours ago via web

I wonder if they found some way of running unsigned code without using linux..

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