Will Sony be able to patch the fail0verfl0w hack?
A few days ago, team of developers fail0verfl0w revealed major issues in the security system of the PS3. This was quickly followed by major discoveries in the PS3 code, that seemed to mostly show that Sony was relying way too much on obfuscation for the security scheme of the PS3. One of the consequences of this was also the discovery of some critical information regarding the PSP security.
Independent devs all around the world started releasing their own tools to go further in revealing the PS3 internals.
After being quiet for many days, Sony said in a short statement to technological website Edge:
“We are aware of this, and are currently looking into it. We will fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details.”
Given the details of the security flaw, which basically gave away the entire signing/encryption mechanism on the PS3, including parts that cannot be updated by a simple software update, the statement by Sony is really surprising. Are they trying to mitigate the buzz around this hack?
Several devs involved in this breakthrough stated that Sony cannot patch this without a hardware upgrade… maybe Sony will soon patent a way to upgrade your PS3 Hardware through network 🙂
That being said, it isn’t impossible that Sony revoke some of their keys to play some cat and mouse game with hackers…To me the best move would be something similar to what is done with the XBox: ban people who use a hacked console online. This way hackers can still have fun offline with the hardware they purchased, while normal players still enjoy a good gaming experience online…
Meanwhile, team fail0verfl0w showed a new video of Linux booting on a PS3 (see below), Geohot showed homebrew running on firmware 3.55 (see below), the PSP Eboot signing announced by MathieuLH seems to get closer, and KaKaRoToKS released a MFW for the PS3 (Modified FirmWare)… seems like things are moving really fast on the PS3/PSP development scene.