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


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233w 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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Raze1988's Avatar
#277 - Raze1988 - 232w ago
Ok, so right now he tries to extract "encryption keys". Those are the keys you need to sign your own code, right?

Sounds like the first "Hello world" is imminent.

dondolo's Avatar
#276 - dondolo - 232w ago
Posting dumps, exploits, keys and whatever he had been able to discover till now, would be an huge mistake/own goal for us. sony already know, knows who and when, but doesn't know how he obtained all the priviledges

ps3proxy, hdd decryption and lot of other stuff have been patched after become pubblic, it's useless for me, for us, for devs and for all the community making pubblic those dumps, i believe this time for us it's better to wait for the release of complete tool, also because geohot is not a stupid/unknow guy, we know him, we trust him, now it's time for him to work for us

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#275 - semitope - 232w ago
And the other thing is, as far as I'm concerned, each PS3 unit is entitled with its own unique key, which means that getting the key from one unit won't do the job for all other units. The hacking process done by Geohot would have to be indiviadually redone on each console at unlocking, thus making it necessary for the console to run OtherOS. You'd have to get the keys from YOUR console only.

Apart from that, the hack is 5% hardware, and that means there won't be a software that you can download, run and it'll unlock your system. The PS3 is much more complicated than that. I figure you'd need to take your console to some expert to perform the hack and then, after extracting the keys, something we don't have yet would have to be done in order for your console to run unsigned code. But as many have stated, it's still too early to say something about that.

Probably, since the keys are individual to each console, some sort of modchip would be necessary to do the decrypting/encrypting thing, given that the keys are gotten, but all that are just mere speculation.
Unlikely, unless all games are programmed with all keys a system having its own decryption key would not work with most applications for the console. Mass production limits things like that really.

If keys allow you to create essentially legit applications what would stop the hack from being software only? getting at them is the hard part but like the iPhone situation it could really be software only.

If someone writes a CFW that the system thinks is legit and an updated version...

b4rtsimps0n's Avatar
#274 - b4rtsimps0n - 232w ago
Lol I just realized, Microsoft will be loling now as not only did Geohot hack Apples iPhone and Sonys PS3, both big MS rivals.

I hope Geohot totally blocks off access to the "Game" part of the PS3 so no copied games and no cheat plugins like on PSP which ruined online.

How could he "block off access to the Game part"? He's not releasing a CFW or something like that, it seems to me he's just making the first steps so other devs can have a go at making software for the PS3. He's just opening the platform up, like he said on his blog he isn't going to release a tool for everyone to 'hack' their systems with.

fonzi09's Avatar
#273 - fonzi09 - 232w ago
Heres to hoping! What a time to have a break through, right in the middle of Uni mid term exams

Fonz,

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