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PS3 is Hacked by George Hotz - Hello Hypervisor, I'm GeoHot!

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256w ago - The PS3 is hacked, at least according to [Register or Login to view links] on his latest blog entry (linked above)!!!

This news comes just under a month after he resumed PlayStation 3 hacking!

To quote: "Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot

I have full read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor.

In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me.

Took 5 weeks, 3 in Boston, 2 here, very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.

Shout out to George Kharrat from [Register or Login to view links] for giving me this PS3 a year and a half ago to hack. Sorry it took me so long

As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG.

A lot more to come..."

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#282 - Warrorar - 256w ago
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A programmer of a great studio said some months ago in an interview.

"i dont think that games piracy is a big problem, because poeple who burn those games does not belong to our main target group".

i think its 50% truethness in that. if people burn games, then they are not 100% interested in the games, or they are to dumb to understand that games who are great needs to be supported.

for myself i cant say that i allways played legal copys. but if i like a game, i buy it original. online mode, multiplayer or what ever. i want to play it with other people if i like it.

best example. command & conquer. i own all titels (the first two times O.o) and i would never burn one of these games because the guys do a great job and deserve to be supported by my money.

i can only say, i hope that the ps3 doesnt get a backup launcher, or sony implements a system that every game can only be locked on ONE account with a serial.

#281 - cusy214 - 256w ago
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well, well, well we got it! he and the team got it, or will i say have it.

#280 - fonzi09 - 256w ago
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uf6667 said...
if you're able to modify HV code, why don't you modify your interrupts? this way you modify machine check (0x200?), illegal address translation (0x300?) and illegal instruction (0x400?) to output you the last accessed addresses. evade the problem of rebooting everytime :P

George Hotz said...
Saw two intelligent posts here @Cameron and @uf6667. Awesome idea with the interrupts! Will try it today.

Filtered out from the JUNK

#279 - pro2oman - 256w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Corradoc View Post
I think it's just a FW locking... no more

I don't think Sony builted a 2 differnts kind of consoles... i think it's like the PS2 Fat and slim, same functions, just smaller sizes...

I think that many sceens could be open with a "real understanding" of the internal structure (software) of the ps3 sistem...all we have to do now is just to wait for something new or just try to be "usefull" if we know something about programming and dev!

So then when sony send out an update to ps3.. do they have multiple versions of the update for each model or one file with all info... and further more... if there is one universal update.. when installing it/updating the ps3... is the install the same on all models or do the install vary and pick out only thing it uses depending on it's hardware model... (ex. slims leave out the the ps2 play and other os)

As for keys, wouldn't all the updates also have to be incremented the same way.. with a master key so that all models can use them?

#278 - siacotos - 256w ago
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Personally I only bought a 360 because I can download games. I buy the games that I know are worth it and burn all the others. I have owned the ps3 from the beginning and only own 5 or so games. i've had my 360 for less than a year and already own 8 retail but have all the other interesting ones. I have two controllers for the ps3 and 4 for the 360.

I bought the $100 hard drive and subscribe to live, my son is the only one to play the ps3. I don't even waste money renting ps3 games. geohot is the only reason I bought an ipod touch. I hate apple and their business practices. but they made a great piece of hardware and geohot opened it up, so the way I see it sony will be getting more revenue (from me anyways) by not fighting him too much.


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