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


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253w 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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#257 - int0 - 252w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Scrapy View Post
i think the keys they are talking about will enable people to decrypt files, and possibly re-encrypt.. if i am right, this would allow for a custom firmware to be created, and encrypted using a proper key/signature.. meaning a retail ps3 will be able to read the new firmware and install it, its up to whoever creates the firmware to get things going in terms of actual homebrew, and if this is correct, it should work for the slims aswell.. it will take quite some time i'm guessing, need the keys first... thats my understanding atleast.

as far as needing the otherOS, i think thats just for using the method GeoHot is using to perform the hack, the end result being the keys.. will open the doors to using homebrew/hacks without needing otherOS on all ps3 models

i'm a real noob at this sort of stuff, but to me that makes sense.

Don't mix encryption with signature, keys will give possibility to decrypt all ps3 firmware files and analyze them if you will re-encrypt signature will be broken and SPE won't load it.

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#256 - TUHTA - 252w ago
you are true! i think so! just for start i think it will be playstation 3 spi flasher! And then i think it will be some thing like usb dongle and e.t.c. yes its cool!! Good job Geo hot!! You just kick it out!

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#255 - Warrorar - 252w ago
i think we should wait and see that direction it goes.

when i started to flash my psp i had to use a downgrad exploit in 2.7x i remember. my friend updated to 2.81b and had to use the gta exploit.

whats now. you only have to find a friend with a jigkick battery and then you can flash your psp in 1minute. and even better. you dont have to worry about a brick. because at this time its possible to reflash the system.

i think the same will happen to the ps3. at startup its hard to get it hacked and ut on the homebrews etc.
but afte r1 or 2 years the system will gets updated form many people and there will be several tools who helps you. even easy installer or usb dongles who doe the work for you.

just stay calm people and wait for the day. i will do.

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#254 - boybergamo76 - 252w ago
yes i think you'right scrapy, i really hopes whatever will came out from this thing, that can work on slim too ^^

Scrapy's Avatar
#253 - Scrapy - 252w ago
i think the keys they are talking about will enable people to decrypt files, and possibly re-encrypt.. if i am right, this would allow for a custom firmware to be created, and encrypted using a proper key/signature.. meaning a retail ps3 will be able to read the new firmware and install it, its up to whoever creates the firmware to get things going in terms of actual homebrew, and if this is correct, it should work for the slims aswell.. it will take quite some time i'm guessing, need the keys first... thats my understanding atleast.

as far as needing the otherOS, i think thats just for using the method GeoHot is using to perform the hack, the end result being the keys.. will open the doors to using homebrew/hacks without needing otherOS on all ps3 models

i'm a real noob at this sort of stuff, but to me that makes sense.

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