The current state of PS3 hacking (September/October 2012) Continued

In addition to Darkanubis74 post, there are some things I’d like to add and address. In his post, he referred to 3.55 and its hackability. In regards to this I have found several different sources of information and possibilities.

First, you must ensure that your console is hackable by checking the date on the console. Unlike the majority of consoles, model number is unreliable as they shipped the same models with various Firmware at certain points – there are 120 and 160gb PS3 that have the possibility to be hacked, so bear this in mind. Having said that, it is known that 3000 models cannot be downgraded, and some 2500 also cannot. To downgrade the PS3 however, it is only possible to do so via a hardmod – either E3 Flasher or Progskeet AND Teensy ++ USB.

It is possible to DualBoot on the PS3, meaning you can run 3.55 CFW (read below) and up to 4.20 OFW although I have no information on whether or not this works with 4.21, so be careful. For those of you interested in developing homebrew, it is also possible to DualBoot Linux and FreeBSD with the use of OtherOS++.

3.55 hosts a range of different custom Firmware available. For instance, there are: Waninkoko, Wutangrza and Geohot. All of which host different pro’s and con’s, so if you are planning to look into this, then I have one piece of advice; Read, Read, Read and Read! (Then again, the same always applies, does it not?)

A recent exploit that has hit the scene like a storm is the CEX to DEX exploit. This allows PS3 users of 3.55 and below to convert their PS3 from a retail console, to debug. There are a few benefits to this, which I shan’t go into. The main however; is that you can update your FW to the latest, and revert as you do so desire. There are drawbacks to this however, as one would imagine. For instance, it’s possible that Sony could patch this in the future (if it has not been done already), also from what I’ve sourced, you lose the ability to play Bluray and DVD. If you want more information then click *here*. Also, zadow28 has found a way to run PS3 games in full debugging mode, which is also a nice addition to this.

Finally, Deank has confirmed that a new custom Firmware is on the horizon known as “Red Power’s 4.21”. As the name suggests, it’ll be working with the latest Firmware, which is a very nice surprise. There is little information regarding this at present, but for those with consoles that are unable to be downgraded, you may, in the future have the ability to get in on all of this juicy goodness!

  1. MikeBeav3r’s avatar

    Sounds good, my PS3 has sat gathering dust for many moons, think the last thing I played on it was Black Ops!!!
    Still sat at 3.55 cfw but very little on the machine interests me, some cool ‘brews would be nice, ISO loading is just not my thing tbh, if a current fw cfw comes out, I can actually buy some real games to enjoy AND use any nifty HB that comes along :)

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  2. psVitovic’s avatar

    kinda wondering why is there no update on the vita cfw leak story since it’s almost like a realtime-situation-development minute by minute… any update on the sony’s reaction to this? has sam j. been traced by sony as we all saw his mac number, and sony can easilly trace it to who owns it..?

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      I am a bit busy at work these days so I don’t have the time I need to write a proper update. But it’s coming.

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      1. Asdfjuma’s avatar

        Thanks for all the hard work wololo-tan! :)

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      2. Mr McGoo’s avatar

        Yes wololo, thank you for your dedication to the scene. I think that within 24 hrs of the initial posting, there were nearly 300 replys. please wish coldbird well from us the good side of the community.

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    2. letsrapetheleaker’s avatar

      Its already been explained many many times READ READ!! That was NOT his Mac address it wasn’t his video!!!!!!! Deeeerrrrrppppp!!!!!!

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  3. garrei’s avatar

    errmmmm im on 4.25 firmware… will there be a hack for this?

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  4. Green Ranger’s avatar

    Sorry Wololo ;)

    but the Red Power CFW will be likely installed on a FW 3.55. I don’t think that its possible to install a CFW on any FW above 3.56 because Sony changed something with the Updating-Process.

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    1. fate6’s avatar

      exactly right >__<
      it reminds me of the old PSP days ^__^

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  5. NBA 2k13’s avatar

    hey I know this have nothing to do with this but I have a question I have a vita that’s on 1.67 and I have the game super collapse 3 from the first Wololo HBL I put my vita up and now getting back in to it how do i by pass the update from sony when i connect to my laptop or ps3 ? and how do i add the save file i’m a noob to the vita scene but i was smart enough to know to get vita when it came out first and never touch it. Wololo could you help explain I need to do ? thanks

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  6. Abdou007’s avatar

    Fuck $ony expensive games and no hack

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  7. letsrapetheleaker’s avatar

    I like how just because wololo doesn’t like piracy everybody else doesn’t (when secretly everybody does as does wololo) :)

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  8. azwald’s avatar

    it’s CEX to DEX, not the way around :D

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  9. darkrcows’s avatar

    So will this RP cfw 4.21 work on ps3 slim 3006b 320gb?

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  10. jd20dog’s avatar

    3.55 is gitting older and older in an obvious way
    now with over half the consoles official library being unusable with it, and dex gaming being a pain at present
    it literally turned in to the psp 5.00cfw era
    it really is a major choice to choose ps3 cfw over ofw with loss of the better half of its official library of games

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  11. Mr Jack’s avatar

    I would love to have cfw on my ps3. I don’t care as much for emulators on it. I just want to play backed up coppies of ps3 games rather than having to get them from the PSN or even spending a small fortune on a new game. And I kinda want to play my psp games on my vita since it makes perfect sence but I don’t want to re buy all of the games… :( damn you Sony basterds!!!

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  12. pimpinpenguin’s avatar

    Going to DEX is well worth while if you don’t use your PS3 much for Blue Rays. I’m on DEX OFW 4.21 and it’s working perfectly. If i need to use CFW features i can easily flash my CEX backup and return to 3.55CFW in less than 10 mins.

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    1. Mr McGoo’s avatar

      Is there a link to a install tut you could hook me up with?

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  13. Darkanubis74’s avatar

    Thank you for expanding on that, There were some things I did not know. Thanks though :)

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  14. Mr McGoo’s avatar

    Hey wololo, do think that with the possibility of a new cfw coming out, there would be a back entry to the psv while connected to the ps3?

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    1. Mr McGoo’s avatar

      I ment 4.21cfw on the ps3 by the way.

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  15. Chabba’s avatar

    Would the Red Power’s 4.21 be able to upgrade a 4.21 ofw to this cfw?

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  16. F’s avatar

    In the midst of all the bullshit, I fail to see why the userbase should be punished for it. Given that the files are encrypted and tied to each console, therefore unusable, the only logical conclusion I can draw is that there was never any intention to release them to begin with.

    Having said that, all sides show equal degrees of petty selfishness.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      The point of the encryption was to avoid beta testers from leaking, and track down any person who would leak, to guarantee they would not get access to the next beta. Coldbird had also thought for a long time about how to release this publicly without risking any legal action. I can’t say much without revealing too much, but I can guarantee you a release was planned. If anything, I am one of those who kept begging Coldbird to not release this publicly because of the legal risk for him.
      Whatever people say, and even if it is “only” the PSP emulator, the truth is that PSP sales are once again a source of revenue for Sony on the Vita, and nobody knows how they would react to such a hack. It’s not like it’s yet another kxploit on the PSP: it would impact the PSP sales on the vita as well.

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  17. Helder’s avatar

    This makes me remeber the time of iPad 2 and jailbreakme, when a YouTube noob had hacked comex server with brute force attack and leaked the pdf file that jailbreak only a old os version 4.3.1 that is only installled in first iPad 2 units

    This makes comex work many ours to finished the jailbreak and release it before Apple patch it

    The differece betweeen coldbird and comex is, comex had released their work and worked hard to finnish it, and couldbird no, do what is more easy, left the scene.

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    1. Helder’s avatar

      Ups, wrong comment

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  18. wololo’s avatar

    As many others mentioned, I am not sure the Red Power 4.21 firmware will run on 4.21, it sounds more like a CFW that will bring 4.21 features to 3.55 owners.

    (to all, please note that I didn’t write the article, so no, I am not talking to myself :P )

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  19. sonic-iso’s avatar

    you can only update to 4.x cfw from a 3.55 console… they added hash checks to the firmware pups in later firmwares to stop people from modifying the pups.

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  20. sonic-iso’s avatar

    if you try to install a CFW on anything other than 3.55 you get This file is corrupted error.

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  21. huz’s avatar

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDGisygOD2M
    PS Vita: Running eCFW TN-V2 at Firmware 2.02

    think maybe week? that tn-v2 with 2.06 r163 load? work or won’t

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