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PS3 JB2 Dongle Called True Blue, Official Features Now Confirmed


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170w ago - Following up on the PS3 JB2 Reverse-Engineering news, today Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA) has confirmed that the official name of the JailBreak 2 USB dongle will be True Blue.

A list of supported PlayStation 3 games is outlined HERE, and below are the details, to quote: "The actual name of the JB2 dongle has now been announced along with official confirmed features and specs:

Welcome to the era of True Blue for your PS3 which enables all your Jailbreak dreams and needs!

True Blue features:

  • Booting of games from v3.6+ (up to v3.73) from special BD-R discs available from official resellers
  • Runs games up to v3.56 from HDD in conjunction with backup managers
  • Does not require the Power/Eject trick
  • Custom v3.55 Dongle firmware behaves like OFW when True Blue is not inserted
  • Manufactured from highest grade components and Actel based
  • Durable and high quality metal case design
  • Tough and durable plastic packaging
  • Further features to be added as they are developed
  • On board 2 MBytes SPI flash
  • Supports Fat and Slim consoles currently running any firmware up to v3.55
  • And any PS3 which can be downgraded from v3.6+ to v3.55 (NOTE: Requires other tools, True Blue currently can't downgrade a Console)
  • Supports all regions of consoles
  • Supports all regions of ISO’s to be released
  • Rock solid crystal oscillator on board for flawless timing

The True Blue dongle allows booting of the latest the ISO’s (3.6+) from special BD-R discs which can be purchased from all official resellers. The discs can be burned by any BD-R recorder and there are no special requirements on either PC or BD burner types.

Whilst we can disclose that the discs are specially manufactured to allow booting of the latest ISO’s, further technical information on the way by which the BD-R discs can allow booting cannot be provided, for obvious reasons.

Update: Clearer note on the above info, in regard to questions being asked!

The special BD-R discs being SOLD are BLANK, they are not warez in some cases less shady modshops operating in countries like Asia were local law enforcement turn a blind eye to 'flea market' operators they may infact FILL the disc with information turning the blank disc into warez, but that is not fault of the True Blue designers, and those places will NOT be official resellers. Information and pricing and list of official resellers will be forcoming in new news post later this week once details are confirmed.

Second, there is a lot more games working then the 5 listed in the forums and emails from the original JB2 rumors, and the full list of all the tested games will be published once it is official and confirmed by us, don't trust other sources of information there a lot of people out there trolling and passing around mis-information still for various reasons.

Third, even tho there is effort to crack this dongle already even tho it is not in the actual hands of any of the people posting information about it, there is a lot of stuff unknown about how and why it works and for many reasons we can't give further technical information but there is KEY reason why you have to buy special BLANK BD-R discs, due to some background research on the Blu-ray specs and maybe you understand why this is only way to get your dreams filled on running the latest v3.60+ games on your PS3 correctly!"

Sony PlayStation 3 hacker [Register or Login to view links] states the following on the PS3 JB2 USB dongle device to quote:

"They actually do encrypt the elf data sections on the fself and have fself + decryption support handled in lv2 but part of the routine is decrypted through the dongle, it'd be possible to dump it from ram, but honestly, I don't own a dongle and I am not interested."

Below are some PS3 JB2 / True Blue in-depth testing demo videos from leksetengah:

There are 3 Element in JB2:

1. Dongle-FW (3.55)
2. USB Dongle JB2
3. Burning Game (which being Modified)

In order to play game you need all of 3 element above, can't work if one is missing.

PS3 Backup game can't work without JB2 dongle





First thing is update your PS3 with Dongle-FW. In this video i show that after Update PS3 with Dongle-FW you CAN'T PLAY any backup game without JB2 dongle.

Backup PS3 game works with JB2 dongle





In this video i show that after Update PS3 with Dongle-FW you CAN Play any backup game WITH JB2 dongle.

Playing burned PS3 disc without JB2 dongle





Note: Burning game also have cover and label disc but made with printed sticker. PS3 cannot play burning game (3.55 above) without JB2 dongle. XMB and Multiman can not detect the burning game. PS3 cannot play Original game (3.55 above) without JB2 dongle. Update software needed, you Know what happen next if you update, don't you?

Playing Burning Game with JB2 dongle





PS3 can play burning dan modified game (3.55 above) with JB2 dongle. XMB and Multiman can not detect the burning game. But multiman can not backup burning game, also file manager multiman can't open root of Burning game.. same result with comgenie, after press start to copy nothing is happened.

PS3 cannot play Original game (3.55 above) with JB2 dongle. Update software needed, you Know what happen next if you update, don't you? Backup original game in multiman is no problem.








Finally, to quote from PlayStation 3 developer [Register or Login to view links] on the PS3 True Blue USB device: "Appears to be pretty simple. Apparently the dongle itself is just DRM so I would expect this to be completely cloned in software. Don't bother wasting your money on these."








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#790 - Xyth - 137w ago
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Wololo's thoughts are ridiculously nonsense. Who cares if TB team will change encryption scheme. They still want us to believe if someone hacks TB, there will be no more new games. This is the same logic if we share PS3 exploits they can patch it. Who cares if Sony of TB patch their exploits. Of caurse they'll patch it, it is their job to protect their property. But if you call yourself a scene developer you can always comeup wit a new solution. This is what makes a scene The Scene.

These "It will lead to piracy" and "They can patch it" execuses are just a cover for their fear of Sony.

#789 - technodon - 137w ago
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following up on shad__'s excellent work on the modified true blue eboot, i repacked it as a installable pkg and also modified the text so it now reads remove the dongle and press x to return to the xmb. download link here: [Register or Login to view links]

#788 - PS3 News - 137w ago
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Below is an update from wololo (via wololo.net/2012/06/06/ps3-more-dongles-info-decrypted-by-oct0xor/) dubbed PS3 - More dongles info decrypted by oct0xor (covered a few posts above), as follows:

PS3 hacker oct0xor, who was already behind the base work that led to initial reverse engineering of the True Blue dongle, just twitted that he can decrypt True Blue’s stage2, as well as critical information from other clone dongles.

I can decrypt TrueBlue Stage 2, Cobra EBOOT.BIN, ps3usercheat cheatlist.dat and lv2 stage 1 and 2, right on PC.

You really can call me “DongleBreaker” now Thanks to flat_z who was with me all along.

As I said earlier, the people behind True Blue are not amateurs in the hacking scene and could definitely leverage that type of information. Hackers like oct0xor are not fighting against “we don’t know about it until it’s too late” Sony, but against people who regularly check all scene websites, and take action.

I have no doubt that the next True Blue firmwares will change their encryption scheme, and if not, another “magical” dongle will pop up in the months to come, from another random company (the same people who made true blue, of course), with a completely different security system.

That is, unless PS3 hackers completely reverse engineer the system behind the True Blue dongle, in a way that Sony can finally understand how True Blue are able to patch 3.6+ games so easily, and hoping that future games will be protected against the True Blue patches. That would calm down piracy on the PS3, and people who don’t get it will claim that this could kill the PS3 scene.

#787 - jabberosx - 138w ago
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This is good news. But at the same time ANOTHER frikking dongle is down right shameful. I mean whats the frikking point. arrgghhhhhh I know make more money by pirating from pirates. knowing still doesn't help.

#786 - RobertoSlip - 138w ago
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should be transparent, this would greatly facilitate..

#785 - userix - 138w ago
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Can I flash back to kmeaw 3.55 after flashing tb cfw 3.55 or is it a one way street ordeal?

#784 - PS3 News - 138w ago
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Today PlayStation 3 developer Naehrwert has blogged (nwert.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/reversing-tb-part-1-the-vm/) on reversing the TB (True Blue JB2 PS3 Dongle) Part 1: The VM with details below, to quote:

Thanks to oct0xor (twitter.com/#!/oct0xor) we could get our hands on the decrypted TB payload (stage 2). Of course the first thing to do is to fire it up in IDA, our favourite tool of the trade. The entry code of the payload looks like this:

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In the first loop it will relocate itself using 0x1337C0DE as an identifier for the upper 32 bits and rewrite that to the actual base. The disassembly above was already loaded using 0x1337C0DE00000000 as base. While scrolling through the data section at the end of the payload one quickly figures out that the RTOC is 0x1337C0DE00017E40.

As I was analyzing the code I found a sub that was basically just a really big switch with random looking case values. Once I reversed the sub at 0x1337C0DE00002578 and some of the following ones and analyzed their usage in the switch sub, I knew that I was looking at a fricking virtual machine.

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Paranoid TB developers even used XOR-tables to obfuscate the VM instructions and data. The virtual machine is mostly stack based but the instructions let you work using registers too. The next thing to do is to reverse all the instructions and write a disassembler and emulator. Here (pastie.org/4015202) is some code to unscramble the embeded vm binary for further investigation. I’m going to write more about this topic in the future.

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From shad__ on IRC for TB DRM dongle users: [Register or Login to view links]

[shad__] if it can help, you can play tb eboot without tb plugged in. Just, patch sys_sm_shutdown call in TB update pkg and unplugg Tb dongle then press x to exit.It will exit without reset lv1 and lv2.
[shad__] POC: [Register or Login to view links]
[shad__] Now you can share your dongle with your friends
[shad__] was ~chatzilla@55.219.73.86.rev.sfr.net * New Now Know How

Also this weekend Team E3DIY claim that they have also managed to run all PlayStation 3 games on 3.55 PS3 CFW (similar to TB/JB2) but they will likely peddle another dongle to do it unfortunately instead of a free PS3 scene solution.

Finally from oct0xor (via twitter.com/#!/oct0xor):

ps3usercheat skip r4=%x,r5=%x main_EBOOT.BIN main_vsh.self

I can decrypt TrueBlue Stage 2, Cobra EBOOT.BIN, ps3usercheat cheatlist.dat and lv2 stage 1 and 2, right on PC. pic.twitter.com/b2awqYLv

You really can call me "DongleBreaker" now Thanks to flat_z who was with me all along.


#783 - PS3 News - 139w ago
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Below is an update on the True Blue PS3 JB2 Dongle new security packaging, as follows:

30 - 5 – 2012

New packaging for True Blue incorporating security measures and an updated picture identification reference for clones

Due to the recent emergence of clones we are introducing a new packaging system and a security sticker on the dongle itself to help ensure customers receive original True Blue dongles.

Firstly, a new blister pack with a label over the blister will be introduced, as shown below. This provides several measures for the user to identify if the True Blue device received is likely to be original.

Note the unique security patterns in silver which are difficult to counterfeit, due to the colour variations on the background colours, materials used and complexity of the pattern itself. If the label appears to be stretched or appears to have been used before, then careful attention should be paid to the security sticker on the dongle itself.

s3nint3!
The security sticker adhered to the dongle itself (shown below), partially covering the cap will provide the user with an indication of whether or not the dongle has been tampered with before delivery. Therefore, if the portion of the sticker covering the dongle cap has been broken, then it is possible that the dongle may have been tampered with. If this is the case, please use the TrueBlue 2.7 firmware as a means to check the authenticity of the dongle.

If the word clone appears in the PS3 XMB where the TrueBlue 2.7 version number is stated, then you should contact your reseller for assistance. Security stickers are designed with a number of security considerations in mind and are very difficult to reproduce exactly. This will aid retailers and end users in determining whether the product received is an original.

s3nint3!
Some original True Blue dongles are in the supply chain yet to be sold, which do not have the new packaging. If you receive a True Blue dongle without the new packaging, then simply use the True Blue 2.7 firmware to identify whether or not it is an original. Details can be found on the information page and inside the 2.7 firmware download package on the downloads page.

Finally, we are updating the picture references for users to identify whether their PCB is an original True Blue or a CLONE. We have released several revisions of the True Blue PCB’s which are shown below. The recent CLONE posing as True Blue in a similar casing is also shown below and referenced as CLONE. If you have received one of these clones instead of the original True Blue you ordered, then you should contact the retailer who you purchased it from for a refund.


#782 - PS3 News - 139w ago
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Today True Blue PS3 JB2 v2.7 Firmware has been released for those with the dongle, with details below as follows:

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24 - 5 – 2012

True Blue dongle firmware v2.7 has been released.

Changes include:

  • True Blue dongle authenticity status displayed on PS3 XMB system information screen
  • Fixed yet another important game compatibility issue affecting recent 4.xx games

The authenticity status display can be used to determine if your True Blue dongle is either authentic or a clone.

For further details, see the information page. How do I know if I have a TB clone?

Q: How can I verify that my True Blue is authentic and not a clone?

A: Install True Blue dongle firmware v2.7 or later.

Then in the PS3 XMB, navigate to Settings -> System Settings -> System Information. Next to the "System Software" version will be information relating to your True Blue dongle. If your dongle is authentic then it will display something like "True Blue v2.7" (this will vary depending on the version of the dongle firmware you have installed).

If your dongle is a clone then it will display "True Blue CLONE" as shown in the following image:

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True Blue Payload v2.7

Download: True Blue Payload v2.7

Payload (2.7)

located in unself'ed eboot.bin @ offset:

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TB_payload_27.bin (382 KB): [Register or Login to view links]

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#781 - PS3 News - 140w ago
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Today True Blue has issued another warning about a TB PS3 dongle clone, as follows:

21 - 5 - 2012

A new clone has appeared (item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=13491601183) using a very similar external housing to that of True Blue. However, after removing the clone PCB from its exterior casing it becomes evident that there are a number of major differences:

  • Actel used is A3P125 instead of larger A3P250 used on True Blue.
  • Clone uses a cheap MCU and cheap dip type crystal in addition to cheaper Actel instead of full Actel integration in the original True Blue design
  • Clone has a tact switch which the original does not require, and switch can only be accessed by pulling PCB out of the case
  • Actel logic on clone is based on partial guess work of the original and will not function correctly in future updates
  • PCB circuit design is highly congested, with numerous visual differences evident, such as programming pads for the MCU and addiional resistors/caps

Please refer to the pictures shown below, to compare the original and clone.

A new software update will be made publicly available in the next few days which will allow users to differentiate original from clone by performing a firmware update.

 

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