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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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#252 - boybergamo76 - 255w ago
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i understand what you mean Dante489 but if the security sistem is the same for all ps3, if he gets the keys something can work even on slim or im telling a stupid thing ? Sorry for my bad english too ^^

#251 - dante489 - 255w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by boybergamo76 View Post
But i don't understand a thing, if he get the keys, this are the same for all ps3, fat and slim or are different ?

From what i did understand here this hack is going to be possible only under otheros method i mean in Linux but i'm wondering too how did the guys here come up with that his hack is only going to work on fat systems? did he say it latterly you need the otheros for my exploit, and if he succeed to decrypt those encrypted keys in the isolated SPE doesnt that mean the ps3 system is hacked too since they use the same security system.

anyway after all this i would only say even goehot needed sony's help imagine the ps3 fat didn't have the otheros option in the first place then the hack thing is going to be even harder (sorry for my bad english though).

#250 - boybergamo76 - 255w ago
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But i don't understand a thing, if he get the keys, this are the same for all ps3, fat and slim or are different ?

#249 - jayjo - 255w ago
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Here is an other update:
archie4oz said...
SPE's aren't "deactivated", they're just stopped, i.e. idle. PS3 Linux isn't using them out of the box. It doesn't mean you can't. YDL comes with an SPE-gcc compiler and you can compile and execute code on the SPEs. You can even get IBM's XLC for PPE and SPE along with threading and matrix math libraries for free from IBM's website.

George Hotz said...
@archie4oz Spot on about the SPEs

And actually, the RSX being restricted is just theory as far as I know. OtherOS under the hypervisor may have the access required to write a 3D driver, just no one wrote one.

George Hotz said...
Details of the exploit are still private, hence why I'm hoping to get keys to give people something to reverse and document.

#248 - Awayze - 255w ago
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This is going to be annoying as people will cheat online!! You have to update to play online, so I wouldn't be able to stop myself from updating.

If it does get hacked, I hope there's someway of running the whole of the 360 firmware so I can laugh at XBox 360 users even more. A similar method to Apples Bootcamp but for PS3 should be possible, right?

According to BBC it needs 5% hardware modding, modchips? And in the pictures it shows various components connected to the motherboard that are not in the PS3, yeh I know they're not PS3 componenets as I opened mine up when it got the YLOD.


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