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


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261w 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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#207 - PS3 News - 261w ago
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Another interesting twist, if it's legitimate... from: ps3gen.fr/sony-reagit-hack-playstation-3-actualite-8701.html
We'll give you some information about this hack in the next few hours because we recovered the dump done by geohot.

#206 - igijo - 261w ago
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It's a pitty that the Ps3 haven't got an ARM Processor like Iphone

#205 - cfwprophet - 261w ago
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At this point i wouldnt say "claim". Its a fact that nearly every ps3 hacker have told him to do other things and not to do the way he hase done and successful hacked the console.

So the also said you need root key and private key for games and with this hack he can not do backups.But he hase the root-key and the master-key.

The also sayed that hacking lv1 doesnt lead in anything becouse the sys works like that and yada,yada,yada.But...he hase found a way to get into the sys and alter it than from inside.

So i really dont would say "claim" from now on.

#204 - semitope - 261w ago
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Mr Hotz said that he was continuing to work on the hack and, once finished, would publish details online in a similar way to his previous iPhone exploits.

In particular, he said, he would publish details of the console's "root key", a master code that once known would make it easier for others to decipher and hack other security features on the console.

Getting interesting. He also claims to be able to do anything he wants with the system...

#203 - fonzi09 - 261w ago
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BBC News jumping on it PlayStation 3 'hacked' by iPhone cracker ([Register or Login to view links])
A US hacker who gained notoriety for unlocking Apple's iPhone as a teenager has told BBC News that he has now hacked Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3).

George Hotz said the hack, which could allow people to run pirated games or homemade software, took him five weeks.

He said he was still refining the technique but intended to post full details online soon.

The PS3 is the only games console that has not been hacked, despite being on the market for three years.

"It's supposed to be unhackable - but nothing is unhackable," Mr Hotz told BBC News.

"I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."

Sony said it was "investigating the report" and would "clarify the situation" when it had more information.

'Open curiosity'

Mr Hotz said that he had begun the hack last summer when he had spent three weeks analysing the hardware.

After a long break, he spent a further two weeks cracking the console, which he described as a "very secure system".

He said that he was not yet ready to reveal the full details of the hack but said that it was "5% hardware and 95% software".
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The hack could allow gamers to play pirated games

"You can use hardware to inject an insecurity and then you can build on that," he said.

He admitted that he had not managed to hack the whole system, including the protected memory, but had worked out ways to trick the console into doing what he wanted.

Mr Hotz said that he was continuing to work on the hack and, once finished, would publish details online in a similar way to his previous iPhone exploits.

In particular, he said, he would publish details of the console's "root key", a master code that once known would make it easier for others to decipher and hack other security features on the console.

He said his motivation was "curiosity" and "opening up the platform".

"To tell you the truth, I've never really played a PS3," he said. "I have one game, but I've never really played it."

Opening the system could allow people to install other operating systems on their console and play homemade games, he said.

In addition, he said, the hack would allow people to play older PS2 games on their consoles.

Recent versions of the PS3 do not have the ability to play PS2 games after Sony controversially removed a piece of hardware.

He admitted that it could also allow people to run pirated games.

"I'm not going to personally have anything to do with that," he told BBC News.

Gaming firms do not take the issue of game piracy and console modification lightly. Recently, Microsoft disconnected thousands of gamers from its online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.

Mr Hotz said that the nature of his PS3 hack means that Sony may have difficulty patching the exploit.

"We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information," said a Sony spokesman.

Mr Hotz rose to fame in 2007 at the age of 17 when he unlocked the iPhone, which could only be used on the AT&T network in the US at launch.

The hack allowed the popular handset to be used on any network.

He has since released various other hacks, allowing people to unlock later versions of the popular handset.

#202 - chipsy - 261w ago
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Geohot posted update in comments

George Hotz said...
the stupid hypervisor is PPC and C++

if it were C and ARM, maybe i'd have a public sw exploit already.

#201 - xxkrizxx - 261w ago
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ps2 took 2 years to hack, ps3 took 3 years to hack, ps4 4 years ? i think sony is learning from mistakes

#200 - semitope - 261w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by int0 View Post
I'm not really into PS3 architecture but as I understand from this document SPU has hardcoded private key inside and it's a part of SPU(something like CPUID) that can't be changed, system loads code into Local Store (LS) and SPE verifies it and if its valid it begins decryption and allows execution of code that is loaded into LS. To me it looks like Sony gave private key to IBM so SPE can decrypt what Sony encrypts with their public key. Even in case if you will figure out the private key you will be only able to decrypt/verify selfs. So only possible way its to buy this this public key from Sony

PS: Maybe it's possible to compromise the system with DMA manipulation + exploit but who know...

See, this is the purpose of a hacker. To hack what other people say is not hackable or will be hard to hack. Let him/them find the loophole and stop rubbing the challenge into their face(s). Thats why I still can't understand when people mention these SPUs etc what they are getting at.

#199 - int0 - 261w ago
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I'm not really into PS3 architecture but as I understand from this document SPU has hardcoded private key inside and it's a part of SPU(something like CPUID) that can't be changed, system loads code into Local Store (LS) and SPE verifies it and if its valid it begins decryption and allows execution of code that is loaded into LS. To me it looks like Sony gave private key to IBM so SPE can decrypt what Sony encrypts with their public key. Even in case if you will figure out the private key you will be only able to decrypt/verify selfs. So only possible way its to buy this this public key from Sony

PS: Maybe it's possible to compromise the system with DMA manipulation + exploit but who know...

Please correct me if i'm wrong i just speculating with info that are on public thnx.

#198 - modzila - 261w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cenoxdj View Post
Well we do not have to forget that hacking ps3 MEANS more ps3 to sell out! Of course sony couldn't be greatful with hackers, but IF things will works, can be possible similar psp? CFW cames out even BEFORE (lol) orignal. I don't know what they do but seems that sony not changing so much, or not? Doing us a favor?


Hmmm, I posted a similar message last week; namely that if $ony listens and learns from George's exploits, they might be able to create the ultimate PS4.

Equally, if it means the PS3 can now be used as a HTPC and full Media Centre, then it might just boost sales. (and without being able to run Isos as that would harm the software side of their business).

I am not sure what SCE had in mind with regards to lifecycle of the PS3, but 3 years is not bad. I guess they know they need to move on, how would you explain those rumours about PS4 and Xbox720?

But wouldn't it be something to be able to use the PS3s hardware fully deristricted under Linux and add new codecs? Away with standalone players, etc.

Just a playstation and an amplifier Nice!

 

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