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PS3 HDD Decrypted: How-to Guides Don't Make it Less Fake!


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290w ago - The PS3 HDD getting decrypted is starting to become quite the joke of the week for anyone not blind in both eyes.

At first, it seemed like there was some truth to it and many of us were quite excited, as the files looked legitimate.

The files were infact, real. Unknown to many (including [Register or Login to view links]) at the time, they were just from the PS3's flash filesystem that was accessible with a PS3 TEST.

As we dug deeper, we found out that it was all a web of lies, and what little research was done was stolen from knightsolidus by DemonHades.

Uninformed sites are posting a "decryption" How-to Guide that is nothing but a false proof positive. Said method (involving swapping blocks of known encrypted data for unknown), was used by many of our DEVS including NDT and ggparallel months ago with no success.

So far, every file that was released has been taken from a dump of a Debug firmware, and posted (without permission) in attempt to be played off as something from the PS3's hard disk drive. Why bother.. for attention?!

Now, if this was any true decryption there would be information about the crypto algos, the key lengths, among other things present - but are there? Nope! And there won't be, because this method will not lead to those at all.

The "method" is simply being used as a stopgap to try to soothe the clueless masses after those involved were called out on said crypto algos (for being wrong) and the keys being missing.

Rest assured, if the PS3 HDD is ever actually decrypted you will hear about it first right here!



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#19 - PS3 News - 289w ago
We DO appreciate the support posts, up until today the guys here who have been doing the work the last 2 years didn't see as much of it so to all and I am +Rep'ing those who had some kind words to say.

On IRC today NDT said he was going to make a news post that will basically share his views on this situation, which will come as little surprise to most anyway but it needs to be done so things can move on.

Update: He said he will do it tomorrow, as it's very late for where he lives now.

Update 2: NDT's post is here now: [Register or Login to view links]

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#18 - saviour07 - 289w ago
lol iv gotta agree with jeffj on that one!

and how phn can think that brdgen is fake and that ps3news posts fake stuff is beyond belief??!

its always labeled "rumour" or "for entertainment purposes" if ps3news mods arent 100% convinced/proved its real, as was the case with the hdd decryption - it was clearly named as a rumour!

ps3news is the first, last and only place you need to get your insider info for the ps3 stuff!

anyways, as for keeping any info on how-to's on HDD decryption (*when* something legitimate hits the forums) i think its best kept quiet untill everythings worked out otherwise a firmware update can fix it just as fast as them tut's hit the forums.

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#17 - d4ny - 289w ago
There is nothing to patch because its done by modification of encrypted file data and such modification returns meaningless results.

Think about it as inverted plain text attack. You can replace part of the file with for example zeroes and then you can copy this file under GameOS to usb stick. What you get is decrypted unencrypted file, so its still needs bruteforcing to find the key used to decrypt this file.

The keys to encrypt and decrypt files on the HDD are per box unique as keys used to encrypt NAND contents - which provides similar level of security and you should remember that HDD is much more vulnerable to read and write operations than built in NAND flash because it has SATA interface and anybody can easily connect it to PC.

Nevertheless, I hope this is a little step forward in this one side battle.

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#16 - BluEvo - 289w ago
I agree with you, PS3News.com and ****** want the same thing (to find an exploit) and therefore I don't think it is unreasonable to delete the information on the PS3 HDD Decryption in order to keep the low profile.

However I doubt one of the parties which I mentioned *cough* ****** *cough* will be willing to comply

You are right about Sony already knowing, the last thing Sony wants is a hacked PS3 and it seems to me that they are doing everything to stop that from happening, so that why I wont be updating anytime soon I just hoped the PS3 is hacked before FF XIII otherwise I'll be

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#15 - aries2k6 - 289w ago
Hold it stop the presses. BRDgen is fake.
lol, that's hilarious.

As for the HDD, I really think the subject should be kept low profile but the info s out on the web and I think the damage is already done. IF there's something to patch, then I'm sure sony knows about it already.

I'm all for giving credit to where it's due and find it shameful somebody stealing somebody else's work. Now my spanish is not that good but I could have sworn that Demonhades was sorry about losing friends, like Knightsolidus. he admitted that his actions had cost him the trust of those friends

Then a few days later he posts Knightsolidus'work on his forum.
that's a funny way of showing your sorry

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