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Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo


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93w ago - Following up on the PS3UserCheat and True Blue unnecessary DRM-infected dongles being hacked alongside zadow28's work, today PlayStation 3 developer oct0xor shared a video of his OpenCobra Payload which aims to render the current Cobra USB dongle from Max Louarn useless.

Below are the details from his [Register or Login to view links], as follows: "First I am going to say that this is not going to be an article, just a first blog post and some info about my recent project.

Finally I got my hands on cobra it was quite a lot of time since I touched this last time. There was s good things happened since then eg. I reverse engineered usercheat and true blue, had done a lot ps3 and not ps3 related hacking. There was a bad things eg. BlueDiskCFW, lv0 leak, a lot of devs leave the scene...

Cobra was for me really "the last" thing I have to do.

The last time when I worked on this I didnt had a dongle, and all what I had was a dump by JaiCraB. I reverse engineered it as much as possible, figure out almost all tricks, encrypton and etc. And figuare out that it reads a lot of data from dongle, and I cant do much without dongle itself. Thats why I put this project to the back burner.

Well... I had never buyed anyone dongle, and I never was not going to. All my dongles was donated (thanks again ) but not that time.

it was hard for me to make this decision but a few days ago cobra finally shipped to me...

3 days and now its all over.

Security is good enough, but not without big security risks. But it still the best crypto/obfuscation what I had seen on ps3. Sony have something to learn from this guys, especially now.

Cobra / True Blue almost identical, have the same source code, if you ever hacked 1 thing, 2nd wouldnt be a problem. The main functionality, honestly, not changed since original jb. Thats a shame. Thats why I cracking them like nuts





On the fourth day I taked a decision to make my own "OpenCobra" payload. only clean code without drm and garbage, to be able to port it to any new firmware, and change/add features. It taked 2 days, 3000 lines of asm, and you had seen the result.

Atm it based on 4.1 payload, plans for future is check/add new features from 4.4/5.0. Port to a new firmware (if cobra will not do this for me), and realize all nice innovations from new version of psp emu, such as better emu accuracy, 3D and etc...

In video you had seen Payload Loader. Thats the all code it has:

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This tag related patches handled by mngr. So far I want to move it in payload. First I have to check how it handled in 4.4 / 5.0

Not sure yet when it will be released, if it will be, but we will see.

Keys!

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If this subject will be interested for people, maybe I will write a full article about True Blue / Cobra analysis and hacking.

btw: Me and ~ some psp mysterious dark figure ~ reverse engineered algo for generating valid psp isos back to jule. But saves and a lot of games dont work without patching. So cobra's patched emu much better there imho."

Below are some additional pics from his blog which simply states: Usercheat + Cobra = <3

From flat_z: Here is some explanations to make things more clearer. If you read my twit about ps2_netemu you can see that I reverse-engineered it. It includes almost all things which are required to make custom disc images of original PS2 discs and run them on the PS3 if everything will works fine. So it can lead us to the process of remastering PS2 discs which includes making of ISO.BIN.ENC (the encrypted version of original image which can be read by the PS3), creation and encryption of .VME files (virtual memory cards), ISO.BIN.EDAT (includes the title ID of disc).

The only thing which is not currently known is the format of decrypted CONFIG file (I can decrypt the file and encrypt it back but it have a complex format). It is optional and can be empty but I'm afraid that some games requires it to run on the PS3. My plan was the creation of PS2 remastering tool and I wanted to share it. Although I even not sure will it work or no but there are many chances that it will.

But something happened before I started to do it. My HDD on the laptop died and I have all information regarding PS3 on it. Although I was able to restore some important files but not all. So I need a time to buy components for a new computer and build it. For the same reason, I have a delay on my real job (I'm working as a free-lancer) so I will going to do my job before I start to do something new for PS3.

P.S. I see many questions about compatibility. You don't need a backward compatible PS3 console to run PS2 games through ps2_netemu because it is software emulator and doesn't require any PS2 hardware components. Also I think that ps2_netemu is more better and stable than ps2_softemu but this statement requires testing.

Finally, from naehrwert (via twitter.com/naehrwert) comes some related Cobra ODE EID0 information (ECDSA from pastie.org/6169158) , as follows:

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While this is definitely interesting news, odds are it's just a ploy for the Cobra Team to release a new dongle that will be 'required' for their upcoming PS3 4.3x CFW unfortunately or the PS3 ODE in order to further line their pockets with PlayStation 3 sceners' hard-earned cash once again... as always, time will tell for sure.








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#198 - PS3 News - 121w ago
Following up on their previous release, today Team Cobra has released multiMAN mmCM update v04.03.01 with the mmOS changes detailed below, as follows:

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (25.19MB)

4 - 06 - 2012

mmCM ver 04.03.01 BASE

Changelog:

  • Added option to mmOS context menu: [Paste as Link] to create shadow copy of one folder copied to
    Clipboard
  • Added ability to create desktop shortcuts to devices (hdd, usb, ms, cf, sdhc)
  • Added free space information for devices when browsing PS3 Root
  • Added information to the window status bar about selected entries and their size
  • Added "Home" menu with options to Enable Direct Disc Access Mode, to Restart/Quit to XMB, to
    Restart/Shutdown PS3
  • Added key-combo "SELECT+TRIANGLE" to minimize current window (holding the combo will minimize all
    windows) (press or hold [SQUARE] to switch/restore)
  • Fixed issue with loading Blu-ray movies in ISO format which contain jacket images in BDMV/META/DL folder
    (introduced in 04.02.04)
  • FTP Service: For best performance use ACTIVE mode and 2 concurrent file transfers
  • Improved loading of PSX games burned to CD (no eject/insert procedure)

Recorded non-PSX CD/DVD/DVD-Video discs:

  • No need to enable Direct Disc Access Mode *if disc is inserted while mM is running* (for best results
    insert the disc after mM is loaded)
  • It allows users easier access to content on recorded discs (video/music/pictures/data) in mM and spawned
    applications (Showtime)

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#197 - smokyyuwe - 122w ago
Just a quick note to people, the movement of the windows is super sensitive.

Over all though, amazing work. Can't wait to see what else he is able to add to the OS or mm itself.

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#196 - jabberosx - 122w ago
Don't know how i missed this. But isn't this more important than the mmOS release ?? Any dev's looking /working on this to release the free cfw version of cobra ?

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#195 - SwordOfWar - 122w ago
I just hope the new mmOS feature doesn't make transferring video files to my PS3's HDD more difficult (more steps) since that is my current main/only function for it during the past several months.

So, for that to happen, let's hope that currently open windows/directories get saved on exit and appear on next use.

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#194 - PS3 News - 122w ago
Following up on the previous Cobra mmOS multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) updates, today condorstrike has made available the mmCM v04.03.00 changelog alongside mmOS PS3 File Manager functions detailed below.

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To quote from Tortuga-Cove.com (linked above) and via pastie.org/4004077 on the changes:

04.03.00 -

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  • Added support to launch DVD-Video titles (disc/folder format) from mmOS and other display modes (Showtime Media Player required)
  • Added support to load DVD-Video movies in ISO format from DVDISO folder (Showtime Media Player Required) (for non-Cobra Firmwares)
  • Added option to override SBS/TB modes in stereo player for .avi3d video titles (with L3/R3)
  • Changed: File Manager is replaced by a new powerful and memory efficient engine (mmOS) to resemble desktop environment

mmOS features:

  • Uses just 1-2MB of RAM (about 10-15 times less than the old File Manager mode), intuitive and faster
  • Desktop + Taskbar + 7 Windows + Desktop Shortcuts + Clock + Tray + Clipboard
  • Clipboard and each window support up to 4096 entries
  • Window properties: minimize, restore, close, move, sort contents by name/size/date (asc/desc), fast scroll in rows and pages
  • Window history: 16 path levels deep (forward and backward), window state and current scroll/cursor position
  • Window contents: content icons/names/size/date, status bar, header, scrollbar
  • Window actions (single click/tap): single/multiple entry selection
  • Window actions (double click/tap): start music playback, image viewer, hex/text viewer, launch executable files (.self/EBOOT.BIN), play video titles (standard 2D and AVI3D), play DVD folders/ISO, direct-boot or load "folder/jb" games, load Blu-ray/DVD-Video/PS3/PSP/PS2 ISO files and BIN+CUE PSX images, load AVCHD video folders, mount folders to install PKG files, install themes and launch PSX games from CD-R discs (when DDA mode is enabled: PSX.EXE/SYSTEM.CNF/ps1_*emu.self)
  • Taskbar actions: minimize/restore a window, minimize all, change active window
  • Context/command menu functions: Copy (copy selected entries to clipboard), Cut (copy selected entries to clipboard; entries will be deleted after "Paste"), Paste (paste clipboard contents), Paste as ISO (create an ISO file from a single folder selected with "Copy"), Delete, Rename, Properties, Create New Folder, Create Shortcut, Shadow for PKG game (when a PS3_GAME folder is selected from a game under /dev_hdd0/GAMES), Activate BD-Mirror (when a PS3_GAME folder is selected from a game under /dev_usb***/GAMES), Eject Disc, Open in HEX Viewer, Refresh Net Host
  • Added option in "Settings" - "Swap Sticks In mmOS - Change actions of Left and Right Sticks in mmOS."

Navigation:

  • Right Stick - Move mouse pointer (can be changed to Left Stick in Settings "Swap Sticks in mmOS")
  • Left Stick - Move active window (can be changed to Right Stick in Settings "Swap Sticks in mmOS")
  • LEFT/RIGHT - One directory level back (history) / forward
  • UP/DOWN - Scroll up/down window contents
  • L2/R2 - (PgUp/PgDn) Scroll window contents in pages
  • CROSS - (single tap) Select/Deselect entry
  • CROSS - (double tap) Execute/View/Play/Open folder
  • CIRCLE - (right click) Open command/context menu
  • SQUARE - (ALT-TAB) Switch active window
  • SELECT+(CROSS double tap) - Open folder in new window
  • SELECT+(CIRCLE) - (ALT-F4) Close active window
  • SELECT+(SQUARE) - (F5) Refresh active window
  • SELECT+(UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT) - Move mouse pointer (useful with BD-Remote Controller)

Finally, below is how to launch PSN games via multiMAN for those interested from sealhealy (via psx-scene.com/forums/content/tutorial-2280/):

Launch PSN Games from multiMAN like any other PS3 backup:

1. Install your PSN package game like you normally would
2. In multiman go into file manager and navigate to /dev_hdd0/game
3. Find the corresponding game folder to the game you just installed eg. 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell HD' = NPEB00527
4. Copy this folder to your USB game folder /dev_usb000/GAMES
5. Now rename the copied folder to something meaningful eg./dev_usb000/GAMES/NPEB00527 becomes /dev_usb000/GAMES/[Splinter Cell HD]-NPEB00527
6. Inside the [Splinter Cell HD]-NPEB00527 folder create a new folder called PS3_GAME eg. /dev_usb000/GAMES/[Splinter Cell HD]-NPEB00527/PS3_GAME
7. Now move all files inside /dev_usb000/GAMES/[Splinter Cell HD]-NPEB00527/ into the PS3_GAME folder.
8. Go back to your Game list and refresh it, the new game will appear
9. Mount the game
10. When kicked back to XMB start the game from App_home not the disc icon

Notes:

  • You don't always need to copy all files sometimes just creating the file structure and copying the eboot.bin and param.sfo is enough.
  • I also think the reverse maybe true for some other games that don't work copying only eboot.bin eg. leave behind only eboot.bin param.sfo TROPDIR in the /dev_hdd0/game folder.
  • Creating a shadow copy of the USRDIR may also work? Nope

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