PS Vita Exploit confirmed, HBL on its way


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57 Responses

  1. Ido says:

    First ps vita bricked? wow, hbl on the rocks again \o/

  2. wachu says:

    Now all I need is Vita itself.

    Wololo, if you manage to get it working please do not share it with the world yet, because SONY will patch it on 22th february’s PSVs

  3. Alpha says:

    @Wololo. Why is it that you never seem to find any “exploits” yourself or do you just simply let the rest of the “hacking” community do it because you are busy with life. I am just trying to say that someone with your expertise decides only to work on small projects (Like HBL) and usually just test “things” when you know yourself (And I think I know) you can do much more to contribute (If you have a job or family, then I understand).

    • Kirby1997 says:

      If you checked this blog daily for as long as I have you would have realised that Wololo is a very busy man. He is not young and does not have lots of spare time. He has “Wololo 2.0” Coming along XD. Maybe you should read earlier blog posts before criticising the most important people in the PSP scene…

  4. jlo138 says:

    Wow, this actually had me laughing. Simply because Sony tries so hard to prevent these things and they just can’t win can they… Honestly, I don’t want them to. They make excellent products though. The only problem is they sell them to you and they still own them.

    @Wololo, have you seen this “WAGiC” picture I made for you yet? I left it quite simple so someone with greater photoshop experience can do as they wish to make it better. I posted it in the forums and won a contest with it but the hosts of that contest apparently were fakers. They never contacted me for my so called prize.

    I did something similar here for a guy on youtube. He owns a video game store called “Level 1 Games”.

    • wololo says:

      Thanks for the art… although in all honesty I’m not sure where/how we would be using it in Wagic… the existing logo is very cool and was done by a professional designer too. For Wagic currently we would be more looking for heroic -fantasy art to illustrate the cards. The kind of work that takes loads of time 🙂

      • jlo138 says:

        I understand. I’m not that type of artist/designer so I just ported the Wagic name to my work. Lol, that was funny. I know it doesn’t exactly fit into the theme but it doesn’t need to be incorporated into anything. I do these things for fun because I want to do them. The other one I did for the guy on YouTube never knew I was doing that until I sent it to him.

  5. zabuza says:

    @wololo. Man you should have seen the smile on my face when ı first used HBL to play good old retro games like nes since ı m a psp3000 owner it was the first time that ı was able to use homebrews on my psp and ı used HBL for a long time until of course tn hen was released but my point is it really is a big project think about it this way: ı used it for a long time and now hopefully vita owners are going to benefit from it. Awesome job thanks again for your controbution to psp scene

  6. StupidCodes says:

    Is HBL for Vita really confirmed? And Why do you have to put flame effects? lol

    • wololo says:

      What I confirmed is that potentially HBL can run if we port it, the Vita will not prevent us from running homebrews. Now HBL needs to be ported, and maybe we will find problems along the way, but I don’t foresee any given what I know currently.

      The flame effects was for fun, I was tired of the “snowflakes” effect, and remembered the Noobz Era: (wow their effect is way better than mine)

  7. Silw says:

    Hey Wololo,

    i have a PS vita too (received few days ago) and i also work on it (some dev things) but different than what you are doing.

    Let me clarify some stuff about the PS vita hack and the possibility to exploit the PSP emu.

    The PS vita is totally different than the PSP or PS3, they make a new kernel and OS for the PS Vita with strong restrictions.

    I try to launch a PSP Demo on it, the PS vita sees this demo as a corrupted file, weird because the PSP demo is an official demo from the PSN store (eboot.pbp)

    as far as i know and also seen from my private works, when you launch the PS vita (a sub loader checks all the files and structures)…

    the PSP files need to be resigned with a private key/personal key of the PS Vita, it’s a unique key, this key is the validation to boot the program on the PS vita.

    let me you show an example .

    PSP ->Universal Sign Eboot -> Works on every PSP
    PS Vita -> Eboot -> sign with a unique key (the PS Vita one) -> only work on the PS vita including this key.

    hope i’m being clear, you can’t do anything without having your own key, a small part is based on the PS3 System but completely different to executing that… the PS Vita seems to have a stronger security than the PS3 but it can be easily hacked also… depends on what you do… i already explained that thing about the security system in the past.

    Sony prevents the hacking with more control of the product, the PS Vita is under one of the most hacking preventions… because only Sony can validate the execution of a program, all the things you do on the PS vita is logged in the place of the memory

    You can easily brick your PS vita but this is only a temporary brick, it’s just for the security of the PS vita, to prevent any brute force etc…

    if you press Power + volume -+ you can also make a glitch (debug test/mode for the PS vita) you can also get out from this mode by pressing power + playstation logo for a while after rebooting the PS Vita…

    About releasing an HBL for the PS vita, it’s better to do that now than later, because anyway , you would do nothing on the PS vita EU/US with this exploit, they validate every file you have on your PS vita when you connect the PS vita on the internet, the PS Vita euro/US will have a compulsory update in the beginning to validate all the files and to prevent the glitch debug too…

    • wololo says:

      Thanks a lot for the details, this confirms some of the things I’ve mentioned here:
      Edit: is the glicth mode something that happens only on firmware 1.0? I can’t seem to trigger anything “funny” by pressing power + the volume buttons

      • Silw says:

        If you need any help, i will try my best to help you… because i don’t like the media manager system and don’t support the SDK PS Suite, and other things are limited to Windows and too closed.

        Oh yes i forgot to talk about the media manager of PS vita…

        Media manager is like iTunes version of Playstation, when you want to transfer a file, media manager asks the sony server, there is some weird spying with media manager.

        I found something interesting about the USB connectivity, you need to have linux and force to mount the memory card of the PS vita as a mass storage, it works but with read-only, it’s complicated because the PS Vita format the memory card with a special native system made by Sony, you can see the memory card but you can’t check the files/copy/past/write… i tried a small usb sniffing on Linux and i saw some weird activity between the memory card and the internet access.

        but i was not surprised because on my recent work with an anonymous company of video games (working on PS Vita) i saw that Sony asks the developer to use specific tools and to add some special authorization

      • Silw says:

        About the glitch mode (it’s a debug mode) you need to press power + the 2 buttons of volume +/-

        Few PS Vita have this possibility to activate the glitch mode, it’s a manipulating error from the manufacturer to leave this option ON, they usually use this for some internal testing of the product.

  8. Silw says:

    Anyway Wololo, you have my email address, feel free to contact me 😉

  9. Silw says:

    OK few days ago a found a way with a PS3 CFW.

    the PS3 seems to recognize the PS Vita as a Unknown device (that remind mind the dongle/jig)

    if i can add the drivers of the PS Vita from the dump of the PS3 4.0 firmware and add this on the actual PS3 CFW, we can have the possibility to have more control on it.

    This is one of the best way, because the PS3 have a total control on the PS Vita with the last firmware.

    We can transfert everything between the PS3 and PS Vita 😉

  10. Silw says:

    Have a new entry on the Category_Game of the PS3 about the PS Vita

    -> seg_psp2appdata_vita

  11. jlo138 says:

    Vita question. So you only need the memory stick for psn downloads right? So that means you should be able to download your already purchased psp and ps1 titles? Or is sony limiting this to the previous models?

    • Guardian says:

      Sony is implementing this system in which you must register the games you have on your psp, then the software of the vita sends this info to Sony and you can download your already purchased games into the vita by paying a discount price, in other words, you have to buy them again.

  12. rafael707 says:

    its good to know that you guys want to save the exploit until the europe and north america release.

    i just hope no one leaks the exploit/game until then.

  13. black says:

    soo,you could boot psp hb?fully working?
    for ex. emulators *.*

  14. black says:

    i mean,we instead of you 😛 sorry

  15. Silw says:

    Wololo when you see this message try to contact me 😉

  16. dimy93 says:

    In my opinion Sony will only have benefits from HBl on the Vita. As we see it’s useless when we talk about any kind of piracy(well apart of downloading old snes and nes games).
    Btw one question that comes to my mind.
    Is the Vita psp emulator gives access to Vita’s touches as they are not part of PSP hardware but would be cool feature for some homebrews.

  17. Silw says:

    Ok have 2 way to enter on the glitch mode by holding power button + Vol +/- or by holding power + R button + logo PS but be carefull with that.

    Some PS Vita can’t back on normal mode, if you have this problem, try this.

    Hold Power + PS or Hold Power + L button + PS

    The glich mode = debug mode/internal testing product… don’t play that much with that… you can also check everything on this mode and not only a dolphin.

    • Guardian says:

      Hey, what would happen if I stay or play with the glitch mode for too much time? OK forgive me for this, but what is user/glitch/factory or whatever the name of the mode it is, is and why is it so important, sorry, I am too ignorant and want too learn.

  18. Asmith906 says:

    Hey wololo. I have two qustions.

    Can you put downloaded psp Demos on it like you could with psp. And can you put downloaded vita demos on it. Say if I downloaded a japanese demo and put it on my vita so I didn’t have to switch accounts

  19. Mapp says:

    We are following your work, always write your progress on our website, congratulations

  20. StupidCodes says:

    I’ve been reading many articles from different Hacking sites. And many of the articles is about you(Wololo) and the VITA.

    And this one makes me mad, because every time they post an article about hacking stuff, they always use a picture of a skull with pirate swords. This picture means “pirate” right?

    • silw says:

      I’m a french dev but i would never help the website like Gen, i don’t go argue about the stupid Gen team and other stuff (trying to make money with the hacking and trying to steal the work of someone else)

      I prefer to stay anonymous and do my own work than contribute it to the people like that.

  21. cscash241 says:

    can’t they wait for a us release first? what if they release an update that blocks the exploit and then the us version mobo can’t be downgraded?

  22. silw says:

    I can tell more about how the PSP Emu work on PS Vita but not on public and it’s gonna be more complicate to use it than what you think.

  23. dinho says:

    Wow god job guys … if the hbl will be ready until 22 february , surly i`ll buy a ps vita . keep up the good work . i`m waiting for news .

  24. 2die4 says:

    just waiting for the 22nd so i can get my hands on a vita going to keep it boxed up until its all exploited the heck out of

  25. Otaku says:

    It deserves to be hacked, i paid a game and now cant acess JP PSN to get the DLC all thanks to Sony tying their Vita to 1 psn account, *** is with those guys seriously? im tired of being ripped off, if i were a genious i would hack this *** out of hate for Sega + Sony.

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