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


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249w 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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#262 - int0 - 248w ago
Quote Originally Posted by mondoparalelo View Post
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.

Theoretically if even PS3 has own key for NAND you don't need to fish it, all what's needed its to fish a key which is used to decrypt ps3 firmware update since ps3 using AES (AFAIK) one key is used for encryption/decryption therefore it should be same for all consoles. But as I said before it seems keys are in SPE and you won't be able to get them

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#261 - livpool - 248w ago
oh wow awesome news! i wasnt expecting this when i got back from my holiday! i knew he could do it!

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#260 - pro2oman - 248w ago
i knew i should have waited befor buying that slim last week lol... but could some one clarify: is the otherOS feature only locked in the newer slims (hidden but still in the FW?) or is the slims hardware to different that it just cant do the otherOS like the original fats?

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#259 - mondoparalelo - 248w 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.

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#258 - mekisi - 248w ago
will we be able to play backups with this when everything has done?

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