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Video: PS Vita Dual Firmware Boot Proof-of-Concept Demo Arrives

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36w ago - Today Sony PlayStation Vita hacker Katsu released a VPS Vita Dual Firmware Boot Proof-of-Concept demo video with details below.

To quote: It didn’t take long for Yifan Lu’s investigations to become useful for other hardware hackers! Our community member katsu, guided by Yifan’s precise description of the Vita’s NAND pinouts, was able to hack his PS Vita in order to boot from a previous firmware, technically performing something very similar to a downgrade. Check the video below, it’s cool and full of “electronicsporn”, like your favorite cyberpunk movie.

What katsu did was dump his firmware 2.12 (on the NAND), probably using Yifan Lu’s technique. He then copied that Firmware dump to an SD card. In the meantime, he upgraded the PS Vita to firmware 3.01. On the video, you see him inserting his SD card in a reader connected to the Vita. The Vita then reads the content of the SD card (the firmware 2.12 he dumped earlier) instead of its own 3.01 NAND.

What the hell does all of that mean? First of all, that Yifan Lu’s little experiment in the hardware world is proving successful, by providing inspiration and documentation for other talented hardware modders.

Secondly, that downgrading a PS Vita is a possibility under certain...
 

Sony Announces PS Vita 3.01 System Software Update, Details

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42w ago - Following up on their previous PlayStation Vita Firmware update, today Sony has announced PS Vita 3.01 System Software Update which fixes some UserMode exploits as expected.

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To quote via wololo: Firmware 3.01 available - Some usermode exploits fixed, ... this little devil of a Firmware patched again some (at least 2) usermode exploits. This time two games were patched, one that wasn’t used at all, it just functioned as a hello world, and one game, that might got leaked some weeks ago. But what about our kernel mode relase and TN-V4? Well ...

It was confirmed that the kernel mode exploit and TN-V4 are still fully working at the new Firmware...
 

PS Vita System Software Update v2.61 Incoming, Details Available

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57w ago - Following up on the PS Vita Firmware 2.60 update, today Sony announced that mandatory PS Vita System Software update v2.61 is incoming (which blocks the VHBL Arcade Darts exploit) with details available below.

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From Sony's Twitter PlayStation Vita announcement, to quote: "PS Vita system update 2.61 is coming soon, system software stability during use of some features has been improved."

From Wololo (via wololo.net/2013/08/30/ps-vita-2-more-vhbl-ports-for-firmware-2-61/):

We mentioned recently that both The Z and xXShinkirouXx are in possession of PSP exploits running on the latest Vita firmware 2.61, which was released yesterday....
 

PS Vita 2.60 Firmware Exploit Released by Cosimo98 for Arcade Darts

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58w ago - Following up on the previous PS Vita Hello World on PS Vita Firmware 2.60 demo video, today Cosimo98 (aka Principino8) has released a User Mode exploit from Backtrack and Agrippa for PS Vita Firmware 2.60 alongside details below.

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Video: PS Vita Hello World on PS Vita Firmware 2.60 Demo Arrives

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60w ago - A few days ago Sony released PS Vita System Software Update v2.60, and today The Z has shared a demonstration video of a PS Vita Hello World on PlayStation Vita Firmware 2.60 with details below.

To quote: PS Vita Firmware 2.60 was released yesterday by Sony, and, unsurprisingly, this firmware patches the latest VHBL exploit from Qwikrazor that we released for game Gamocracy: Legend of Robot on firmware 2.12 a few weeks ago.

But, and this will not be a surprise to those who follow this blog regularly, solutions still exist to run (PSP) homebrew on the latest PS Vita firmware 2.60. The Z proves it to us in the video below.

In the video, what we see is not a VHBL port but a “simple” hello world. This is the same code pretty much everyone has been using since the sparta exploit back in 2009, and, in case you’re wondering, we’re talking of course of a user mode exploit running inside the PSP emulator of the Vita. With the same possibilities as usual of seeing a port of VHBL coming one day to this exploit.

This is even less surprising...
 
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