Vita CFW leaked, Coldbird leaves the scene


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434 Responses

  1. Randqalan says:

    Thanks Coldbird for everything you have done for the psp
    I know I am not the only one who will miss you

    Stay away from s**theads like Sam Jordam that seems to take more then give to all

    Good luck and stay safe:)

    PS hope you come back but understand why you had to take leave

    PPS hope Sam Jordam Sony gets this person for F’ing with a good person and coder

  2. hene193 says:

    This is really sad… Coldbird was a good hacker…
    Thanks for everything Coldbird!


  3. crow132 says:

    I’m agree with relasing a Kernel exploit I must say. After all I am forced to pay for the PSP games that I already have to play them on my Vita.

    What I can’t respect is the way that this tard have taken to do this.

  4. M.B. says:

    He’s right in both ways. The Vita doesn’t need this so early in its life when it’s struggling so hard, and the gaggle of blithering idiots that make up most of the scene’s leeches don’t deserve the exploit. Just reading the comments on that Youtube video (and even most blog replies on this site) with the masses that want every aspect of the exploit spoon-fed and explained to them like they’re children is enough to *** me off myself.

    Best of luck to him in his future endeavors; hopefully they will involve people who appreciate his work a bit more.

  5. Cheesethief says:

    While this turn of events is a little unfortunate, I honestly do not see a reason to leave this scene. People take things too personally these days… I really hope this scene does not turn into another PS3 scene where people are in it only for the efame or money.

    So because one tester decided to leak, this means the whole community is rotten? No, it means this guy was just a ***. Perhaps leave this project in the dust, but it’s no reason to leave a scene.

    • wololo says:

      There was lots of work involved, by many people. It is difficult to explain how bad this is, but some people spent months on this, including planning how this could be released in a safe way. That’s lots of work down the toilet. Sure it took only one guy to ruin it, and not everybody should suffer from this, but hackers will always find at least one guy like this one to ruin their work, and in that type of situation, it’s not worth the work, the stress, and in general it feels like it’s not worth fighting for the scene.

      It’s also not the first time Coldbird runs into that type of situation, it was the last one he could bear, I guess.

      Finally, there’s enough legal potential trouble with this that I understand if a guy just wants to completely dissociate from whatever is going to happen next. Really can’t blame Coldbird for that. The legal risk is not worth the Fame that this Sam Jordam is trying to get.

      • Cheesethief says:

        I understand this, I read Coldbird’s blog, but abandoning 99% of the scene because of the 1% seems a bit much.

        I respect his decision, but at the same time really hope that he comes back, he is an awesome and talented dev. What is especially rare is he took part in the forums here and interacted with Joe Blow.

        I don’t think Sony will go after anyone in this. Reason being that the files are not really usable by the public (can’t sue for damages as no damage occurred), can be patched by them easily, and the people who created it are unknown/unreachable. The leaker is nothing but that sadly, he did not touch Sony’s code and modified it. Well, I do hope Sony does manage to ram this leaker a new on in court, but I do not have any expectations.

        • matt says:

          “and the people who created it are unknown/unreachable.”

          That’s the problem, though, the people who have worked on this are not unknown or unreachable. And if it ever gets to the point where Sony sends a subpoena about your involvement, you can’t really lie.

          And I really wouldn’t wish a wasteful lawsuit upon “Sam,” even if he did really *** us over for his own greed. He’s just some idiot who couldn’t properly weigh the risks and possible benefits of his actions, and took no consideration for the feelings of the people who had actually spent much of their time working on this stuff. And, lucky him, he can get his fame, but as a pariah. Well deserved, since he managed to *** off a developer with some of the most promising work thus far.

  6. qwikrazor87 says:

    Hopefully no one else gets tied in with him if Sony decides to take action. I hope they slam him hard.

  7. ndh777 says:

    Thank you Coldbird for your efforts in the scene. We will miss you and most of us understand why you made the decision to leave. I for one do not blame you for leaving seeing as how Sony may want to take legal action as they did on Geohot.

    It’s really a shame that all of that work basically went to waste because of one leaker. But I suppose it won’t go to waste. Thanks for the help, Wololo, earlier.

  8. AsDraS says:

    I hope sony will get Sam Jordam and blame him for this.. he should be blocked from every homepage which has something to do with homebrew on psp or psvita to prevent him to do something like this again-.-
    hopefully Coldbird then comes back.
    btw. if you like the psvita page on facebook you will receive two games for free.. one of them is PSP Mini Urbanix 😉 but i dont know if this still works.

    • fate6 says:

      no it does not work any more but that was why we stressed people to get them, a release was planed and frankly it was not to far off but thats all gone now =__=

      BTW it sure would have made a nice Christmas present wouldn’t it :3

      • AsDraS says:

        Would have been a great christmas present 😀
        fortunately i already own the game and i’m still on 1.8 with monsterhunter exploit 🙂 hope someone is able to reverseengineer those files and work on it.
        i start thinking about learning to code for the vita.. i’m sure it will be difficult but i already program in C,C++,Java, Assembler and AutoIt. so maybe in a few months/years i’ll be able to make my own exploits^^

        • fate6 says:

          it sounds like you already know a fair amount ^__^

          well I suggest starting with finding a user mode exploit and porting HBl then start learning some MIPS cause you are going to need to be good with it to find kernel exploits

          also kxploits a few and far between so yea the loss of one is a very big deal >__<

          • AsDraS says:

            i think i will start by trying to understand how the hbl for monsterhunter works and as soon as i have enough knowledge to make one myself i will try to port it to urbanix. and if i get it to work perfectly i will also search for my own exploitable game so i can upgrade my vita without losing hbl 🙂

      • MikeBeav3r says:

        Is it possible to buy it from PSn on my PSP, transfer it to the PC with Media Go (or something, never actually used that with my Go) and then use open CMA to get it on my PS Vita?
        Don’t mind buying the game if I can get it over, but don’t want to lose my MHFU obtained VHBL at the moment.

        Thanks 🙂


        • AsDraS says:

          as i know it only works if you buy it on the ps3 and transfer it via proxy to your vita.. I didnt hear anything about a tool that could transfer from psp to vita

  9. Zoraktorok says:

    Well, im happy to be able to be “in the light”, but unhappy with the way this happened. Im one of those users that pretty much have to be spoon fed, i have the knowledge to use tools given to me, but given is the important word in that sentence. I add nothing to the scene except my own opinions which are rather useless. I would have been willing to wait had it meant a greater chance for sucess for the vita albeit the loss of someone who knew what they were doing with the device.

  10. Mr McGoo says:

    So sorry to see you cold bird but as it has been said in the past, we appreciate all of your work and will greatly miss you. Thank your everything and sorry that one goober ruined it for the future of all users. At this point I will be staying on 1.80 and not bothering with the pick up of this new game. I will be waiting for a legit release and the better of the community has been this entire time.

  11. svenn says:

    Coldbird isn’t leaving, hes hiding. (who can blame him) Its stupid, but we knew it was gonne happen. There is so much talent, we knew there where kexploits around, just not publicly and that was good, let the hackers enjoy, and let game company’s still make profit.

    Sad thing is, that the PSP is now also kinda dead 🙁

  12. Minimur says:

    ohhh 🙁

  13. Sined says:

    Wololo, now that everybody knows that Urbanix exploitable will we see VHBL port soon? Unfortunately I missed Monster Hunter ninja release but i’m on 1.80 and i already have Urbanix…

    • wololo says:

      I learned about this leak at the same time as everybody else, 2 days ago. I did try to port VHBL to this exploit on 1.81 but for now it doesn’t work. Since the exploit is now open, *everybody* can try to port VHBL and fix it, not only me.
      I’ll do my best either way, but I’m just saying, I’m not any more clever than anybody else out there 🙂

  14. psVitovic says:

    but, what will happen with the ProOnline? will it now go dead?

  15. Sam Lynch says:

    Goodbye Coldbird ;_;7

  16. The Budds says:

    Hah! I’m glad to see all this leaker got was internet hatred.

    Though I must note, It’s sad to see bonds of trust get smashed for oh so stupid reasons. I wish Coldbird nothing but the best in whatever he does next.

    Dammit, it’s just a sad day in homebrew for the Vita 🙁

  17. tricade says:

    What does the leak files do? running a iso loader or just showing us that a kernel exploit is possible?

  18. Zyphs says:

    I’m totally for Piracy and reason is to hard to explain in text but this guy seems like no good as a person, i’ll just keep watching your “blog” for more news about the vita, thanks for the VHBL its awesome<3

  19. Andrew Wright says:

    I’m a bit confused… I’d urbanix only got a user mode exploit? we don’t need it for this kernel exploit? if I stick with monster hunter vhbl will I still be able to use the kernel exploit or cfw of anyone manages to decrypt it.

    • wololo says:

      Yes, I believe if the kernel exploit gets reversed, it will work on Monster Hunter as well

      • Andrew Wright says:

        I don’t understand though. I thought kernel exploits were within games themselfs. like the monterhunter exploit is a user mode one. I thought someone had to find a exploit in a game that gave kernel access or is a kernel exploit something completely different entirely? so urbanix isn’t a kernel exploit will have no benefit for me if I’m still on 1.80 monster hunter freedom unite exploit?? so how does loading a kernel exploit via a user mode exploit work? sorry to bombard you with all these question, I’m not really that clued up in all this.

        • wololo says:

          Google for “privilege escalation”

          • MikeBeav3r says:

            So basically, you need a usermode exploit to access to kexploit, but the kexploit is not related to theoriginal games usermode exploit, it is in the firmware, would that explain it Wololo?

          • wololo says:

            Yes, that is a good explanation

          • Andrew Wright says:

            lol I read down to the name of the game then bought it with my ps3 but obviously I can’t transfer it without updating the PS vita. I should have read the full article before I rushed into it. atleast I’ve only wasted £1.74. has anyone ever played this mini, is it any good?

    • Norml says:

      $ony made the game free, do you really think it would be a good game???

  20. Caio says:

    Kids everywhere… Why can’t the hacking scene be limited to grown-ups only?

    It isn’t the first time Coldbird leaves the scene, though. Or is it?

  21. Necrotek says:

    On the one hand, it’s really sad that such a mess has happened. We lost a excellent scene member, 4 months of collaboration work, a good amount of scene trust and other stuff.
    On the other hand, I can understand coldbird’s reason to leave the scene, I might do the same thing in his place. I just hope that it will be a lesson to people who think (I wonder if they really think anything) that leaking doesn’t hurt anybody.
    Anyway, thank you coldbird for everything you did for the scene.

  22. Andrew Wright says:

    has this kernel exploit all been coldbirds work? of the files are encrypted and nothing is actually working then surly Sony can’t patch anything except this new user mode exploit. so why does he need to leave, does this not mean that his work is still safe at the moment.

    • wololo says:

      It will only take somebody skilled enough to reverse the encryption, from what I understand, it was just here to “delay” skilled people, and “stop” people with no technical skills. I assume people at Sony will find the exploit if they look for it. I am not even sure the exploit itself is encrypted.
      The only question is, will they waste time reverse engineering these files…

      As far as Colbird leaving the scene is concerned, that is a personal decision, with lots of parameters involved. It is difficult to explain without digressing too much into various personal stuff.

    • psVitovic says:

      no, sony can decrypt anything, remember, they made the security and they can open the security on their files, so when sony gets their hands on this files it will get patched in a matter of days, maybe hours…

      • hene193 says:

        Well, no. Sony didn’t make this security, coldbird and the team made this and all the security.

      • svenn says:

        Coldbird could not encrypt into what Sony uses to encrypt. Its a different encryption system, depending on the way it could take hours to years.

        I suppose it won’t be to hard to break. But then again its like blood diamonds, not cause its nice to have, you really want them as your center piece.

  23. SmoothCat says:

    This is the kernel exploit:

  24. ricerrr says:

    so theres no point in geting the mini Urbanix anymore is there?

    • psVitovic says:

      you can get it and wait for the unencrypted version to be released, but you must not at any circumstances update your vita if you want this exploit to work…

  25. Ambient_Malice says:

    Poor coldbird…

  26. meanmachine781 says:

    i knew it! i knew there was something good coming up, but thanks to this piece of ***, will probably never happen, and to Coldbird best wishes man!

  27. Dewey says:

    Hadn’t Coldbird already quit the scene?

    He is LiquidZigong, also known as Team Promotheus and is VirtuosFlame is well.

    Mark my words, he’ll come back xD

    • fate6 says:

      he is not VF but they are good friends ^__^
      last time some troll threw a cheap shot at him so he left in a fit-o-rage

      but this time its a bit different

  28. Will Goodluck to this swiper and Goodluck to him if he ever reverse engineered the code. Hope this will not be the last of all hackers ending their scene in PSvita earlier.

  29. Namana says:

    Thanks for everything Coldbird! I will never forget you!

    Goodbye 🙁

  30. Andrew Wright says:

    can somebody please give me a link of a tutorial on how to use Charles proxy to transfer games from my ps3 to Vita on 1.80

    • qwikrazor87 says:

      h t t p : / / w o l o l o . n e t / t a l k / v i e w t o p i c . p h p ? p = 1 7 2 2 2 1 # p 1 7 2 2 2 1

    • quetz says:

      i got urbanix almost since i bought ps vita, for free even… 😛
      along with jewel keepers.. thats maybe the only 2 gifts i ever received from sony
      good to know that one of these was a great game (jk) and the other one is xploitable

      point now is: i can’t manage anymore files with opencma

      could this be related to this new leak?
      it’s since it came out 2 days ago that it wont work anymore with me..
      ..i want to give the files a try, and suddenly it stops working, in 2 different pc

  31. Mr Jack says:

    All good things shall be released in good time.
    It only takes one person to screw it all up for everyone else.
    A lot of us would want to see that exploit released when the time is right. Now it is ultimately useless thanks to this guy.

    Thank you Coldbird for everything you have worked for. May you return someday with good news.

  32. Jvhellraiser says:

    Now this is a big hit in the face, I been around
    enough to say that this is not good news for anyone,
    CB has been a very strong coder If i may say one of the
    best the scene has to give and now gone because one little
    MF throw his work in the trash, what “Jordan Trash” did was
    not Only destroy month of work he manage to take are best
    Soldier on the scene,Is like ur building a house with lots of
    Details and after 4 month of hard work someone just come
    from no where and says demolish it i dont like the idea plus
    U are no longer the contractor. Iam not very happy with this
    The Psvita is not strong enough to have a CFW yet,as much
    Asi like playing homebrews this leak is just plain wrong,i under
    stand CB for taking this decision,iam still hoping one day he
    Can come back until then good luck,hope this jordan dude gets
    taking apart little by little by Sony. I’M SO MAD Right now ,dude
    jordan u dont even know what u did to the Scene/Psvita.

    the funny part of all this,is that the scene must pay the price of not
    having CB work,we will never get it,so by leaking it u did nothing but
    to hurt the Scene.

  33. jamesssss says:

    damn shame, Sam is an idiot!!

    Can’t believe we were this close to a CFW and some idiot trashed it, I have no problem in buying my PSP games BUT the games I want aren’t on PSN and unfortunately look like they won’t be (Kingdom Hearts, Star Ocean to name a few). This was possibly the only way we were ever going to see them on the Vita, and they deserve to be on the Vita.

    Good luck Coldbird, hopefully Sony take out there wrath on this idiot and not a dedicated hacker like you.

    I hate the PS 3 and Vita scene there is way to much drama, how come the Xbox scene just seem to get on with it release hack after hack and enjoy a great scene whereas the PS scene is a nightmare. They must laugh and point at all of this!

  34. quetz says:

    i got urbanix almost since i bought ps vita, for free even…
    along with jewel keepers.. thats maybe the only 2 gifts i ever received from sony
    good to know that one of these was a great game (jk) and the other one is xploitable

    point now is: i can’t manage anymore files with opencma

    could this be related to this new leak?
    it’s since it came out 2 days ago that it wont work anymore with me..
    ..i want to give the files a try, and suddenly it stops working, in 2 different pc

  35. gokuhs says:

    WOW!!!! Thanks!!! I can not wait to try it! Thanks for the New Wololo!

  36. surVfate says:

    I’m gonna cry… I about to get the Vita and then this? :((

  37. joseph says:

    dark alex can dycrpt these files probly take care coolbird and thank you for all you done

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