SKFU keeps digging into the Vita (also he probably found an exploit but nobody seems to realize it)

I’ll be the first to admit it, PSP exploits are fun but we all know that VHBL and eCFWs are just the appetizers until true Vita hacks bless us with their glory of hi resolution, dual nubs, and back touch panel… With Yifanlu’s UVL project being rather quiet these days (although he confirmed he’s been making some – albeit slow – progress), news are quite sparse on that front.

But developer SKFU might have something going on, as revealed by a mysterious blog post he made last week.

Some of you might remember SKFU from his work on the PS3, as well as an (aborted? Or secretly succeeded?) attempt at raising funds for a PS Vita devkit for the purpose of investigating the beast. Last week, after a long period of silence, SKFU came back with some details on the installation paths of common applications on the Vita. You’ll be happy to learn that, for example, the “Near” application apparently is stored in vs0:/app/NPXS10000/eboot.bin.

Hold on, who cares where apps are installed on the Vita? Well that’s where it’s interesting: in theory there is no way to know the internal structure of a Vita’s memory stick, it being a proprietary format with (most likely) some nasty encryption and all… what that means is that SKFU found a way to access that information, which to me screams he has an exploit… Has he been sharing info with YifanLu? Not as far as I know. Could it be that he has access to hardware that allows him to read the Vita memory stick? Or that he finally got access to a devkit, and that (maybe) those are more “flexible” in terms of how much data one can access on the Vita? (although, if you remember correctly, there didn’t seem to be anything about accessing the internals of the memory stick on Debug firmwares that had been spotted at gamescom)

Exciting times ahead, but only time will tell us if this leads to something. Below are examples of the paths found by SKFU

  • SceShell       vs0:vsh/shell/shell.self
  • SceWebBrowser vs0:/app/NPXS10003/eboot.bin
  • SceWebCore     vs0:/app/NPXS10017/eboot.bin
  • SceParty(?)   vs0:/app/NPXS10001/eboot.bin
  • SceNear       vs0:/app/NPXS10000/eboot.bin
  • SceFriendsApp vs0:/app/NPXS10006/eboot.bin
  • ScePsnMail     vs0:/app/NPXS10014/eboot.bin
  • SceTrophy     vs0:/app/NPXS10008/eboot.bin

 

Well, if anything… ms0 was for memory stick, so if the new path is vs0, I assume we can officially call those Vita Sticks now.

The full list of paths and source on SKFU’s blog

  1. KJHMAGIC’s avatar

    cool… first!

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    1. stOneskull’s avatar

      hey, it’s been up for a few days and you still have time to ‘first’ on a couple other mentions around the place as well! eg. dcemu

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    2. KJHMAGIC’s avatar

      Oh, meant to say cool… story bro. XDDDDDD

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      1. E’s avatar

        hahahaha XD @kjhmagic THAT mess made me crack up lol

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    3. zzjcc5000’s avatar

      Hi,wololo
      When I play Survival mode of the psv COD,my vita always go wrong.
      And it showed that NPXSxxxxxx went wrong.
      How can I solve it?

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      1. nero’s avatar

        try restarting or rebuilding your vitas database. thay may help you out

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  2. HaYNigloo’s avatar

    Hurray!! Vita’sploits are “near”!

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    1. Youssef8308’s avatar

      Yea, I think you’re right.
      Does this mean this work by SKFU is for nothing?

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  3. idontknow’s avatar

    is it really vita stick ? or is it internal flash memory ? cus it’s impossible for live area shell installed on vita stick (memory stick), well you see, it still there even when there’s no stick.

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  4. Ross’s avatar

    Great news, i hope this leads to CFW in near future.

    Continue great work guys.

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  5. Jhilliard1800’s avatar

    instead of calling it “vita stick” seeing as it doesnt relate a stick at all, why not call it “vita storage” since i’m sure when they get further into the system you will find that the memory cards are more then likely the new “ms0″. just a personal theory and suggestion.

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    1. Yukon’s avatar

      It’s best to call it Vita stick, because you can’t put anything into the Vitas storage.

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      1. IgnusArmagadan’s avatar

        That may be, but Near isn’t stored on the memory stick, it’s stored within the Vita somewhere. If it were on the stick, then you wouldn’t be able to use Near while there is no memory stick inserted into the Vita. Could there be a possability that there could actually be some internal flash hidden from the user, just enough to have these pre-installed apps?

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  6. rafael707’s avatar

    interesting news

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  7. Rufus’s avatar

    I saw this a week or 2 ago. It kinda made me wonder since it has the file paths. I sure hope he’s found an exploit, and even more so, I hope he’s willing to share.

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  8. Thecoldest1’s avatar

    I know this a stupid question but is there any kind of way we can access the vs0:/ with like pspfiler don’t get mad people it’s just a question

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    1. Mr. Jack’s avatar

      Well since psp filer is within the PSP emulator it is going to access the PSP memory within rather than the Vitas own memory. So I would say no. But in the future we would use a similar app to access the vita memory with a full on Vita hack.

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  9. Biohazard’s avatar

    Thanks wololo for the news =)
    What do you think, I’m 1.81, in case SFKU found a new exploit is that I can go through on 2.00 at the next November 21 or is what it is safer to stay in 1.81?

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    1. idontknow’s avatar

      as long as it’s exploit undisclosed Sony has no means to patch it :D

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  10. CM’s avatar

    I think we should just go with “vita storage” for now, considering it really isn’t stored on the card itself, as idontknow stated.

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    1. Snowx’s avatar

      Let´s just ask him, then we should know.

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  11. psvrox’s avatar

    imho is this a internal storage or flash of the vita cauz the apps are there also w/o memory card

    on psp there was a folder called vsh containing keyboard, wave, icons and other stuff

    maybe theres also a vs1
    vitastorage0
    vitastorage1

    but this must mean we got acces to the flash’s

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    1. idontknow’s avatar

      sony hide details about how big the size of internal flash :(

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  12. Frank’s avatar

    I love reading your news, it’s like reading my morning newspaper. Really interesting !

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    1. Danio’s avatar

      Yh it is a verry interesting website i check it every time i get a chance to thanks for the update wololo i seen it last week but didnt realy think much of it but now you have coverd it i think he is getting somewere :)

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  13. Brenza’s avatar

    Emh.. you can find these thing by loggin into the vita with the target manager, no exploits here!

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    1. idontknow’s avatar

      what is target manager ?

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      1. wololo’s avatar

        Same question here, what is the target manager?

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        1. stOneskull’s avatar

          what’s google?

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        2. Jd8531’s avatar

          Upon my research I discovered this:
          http://sce-target-manager-server-for-playstatio1.software.informer.com/
          which seems to be a program however it leads me to http://www.scedev.net/
          It seems he was able to indeed get a dev kit if this is correct.

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          1. wololo’s avatar

            Right, this seems to be information that only official devs have access to. so Brenza is probably right that there is no exploit here, but then it does mean SKFU finally got his hand on a devkit

        3. garrei’s avatar

          hmmm if you google it it takes you to softwareinformer and that site links you to the SCE development site. but you have to be a licensed dev to get access. maybe SKFU is registered with a devkit?

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  14. Maccle’s avatar

    Looks like he got his Vita dev kit and is now trying to sell it….
    http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?42700-PS-VITA-DevKit

    Surplus to requirements?

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    1. Jd8531’s avatar

      Nice find, interesting but that hdmi port is nice :)

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      1. Niceneasy92’s avatar

        I don’t get it, why would he be selling it? I thought he wanted to hack the thing?

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    2. wololo’s avatar

      Nice finding, thanks for the info!

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    3. idontknow’s avatar

      >.< dat HDMI port ..

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  15. kosuke’s avatar

    yea that has to be vita flash memory. cause when you format your memory stick everything disappears but those

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  16. itsmeMimi’s avatar

    i think the near,party and web browser apps are installed in the vita’s internal memory?

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  17. Efus35’s avatar

    Please dont relase a vita exploit please…

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    1. Diceaurora’s avatar

      I wonder if you are the guy who always leaks the dev’s progress to sony

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      1. nero’s avatar

        most likely is.

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      2. EFUS09’s avatar

        yeah i look like, anyway a hack will be nice but not for now, maybe the next year… currently i have the urbanix cef tn-b 6.60 and i am happy with it

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  18. gliitch’s avatar

    ive looked into the PSVita via the ftp, & have got a hold of SCEVMC0.VMP & SCEVMC1.VMP (these are virual memory cards the vita uses on the psp side) as of yet no way to write to them. :( will try hexediting though. :)

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  19. Captain Obvious’s avatar

    You should wait a while before releasing it, game developers will not develop for a console hacked so early.

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    1. NakedFaerie’s avatar

      The PSP was hacked from the start and there are still games getting released for that so your comment is totally wrong.

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    2. Jd8531’s avatar

      To be fair not many game developers are developing now for the vita, even Sony admitted that themselves recently.

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    3. Meringue’s avatar

      The 3DS outsold the Vita last week 47 to 1

      The Vita sold less than 40k last month in the US.

      This thing is already dead, all you’ll get developed for it is a few ports and a few token Sony games/localizations.

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  20. Dovlek’s avatar

    Wow good news but yeah looks like a dev kit
    Keep it up wololo And skfu

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  21. gliitch’s avatar

    hex edited a SCEVMC0.VMP erased a part that says PMV, when trying to edit the file, i cannot load the save anymore.

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  22. notder’s avatar

    wow!! the new path. interesting.

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  23. nCadeRegal’s avatar

    once again nice read. i was wondering what ever happened with skfu’s work on the vita. its nice to see some progress is being made. badabababaaaah im lovn it.

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  24. Jason’s avatar

    Oh Creature From other Side, Please Hear my cry
    come out from shadows when i say your name “DARK ALEX”

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  25. Jason’s avatar

    I miss M33 Team.

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  26. Scorreggione’s avatar

    Gotta warez ‘em all !!!

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  27. mangosteam’s avatar

    IM GONNA LOOK FORWARD TO THIS!! THATS JUST GREAT!

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  28. garv’s avatar

    when you do the hack. release the 3G network? would be excellent that unlock the 3G network.

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  29. razor’s avatar

    WOW Great news!
    Pic of SKFU’s Vita DevKit with HDMI and mini USB port.
    http://www.anony.ws/i/2012/11/14/YrUSF.jpg

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  30. alvin’s avatar

    we buy that thing or not to exploite the vita or not its very expensive eh?

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  31. Hatemeidontcare’s avatar

    The vita doesn’t have a future , this new find may not be an exploit but if anyone tries to hack the vita or releases a full cfw then it’s game over the handheld , Sony is already struggling to attract game developers for it, and to be honest the vita is the most boring console I’ve ever had , I’ve had ecfw on it, enjoyed it for awhile then got bored it quickly so I deleted it now I’m back on psn and bought 70% of vita games and I’m still bored of it, remakes are killing this console , sony hasn’t brought anything new and exciting to the vita and that’s why it remains a fail handheld console, I’ll put mine on eBay soon,
    I can see Sony and hackers putting this little machine into a grave

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      But if the timing is right, hacking could mean a second life to the console. I’m not saying that should happen now, but I’m just saying…

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    2. Tonakai’s avatar

      People that really have no idea of what they’re talking about seem to be the most verbal with their opinions, it’s a shame. Many people said that the PSP had no future, yet look at it today (same goes for the PS3).

      If you do not enjoy your console, that’s fine, but I don’t really see Sony putting it into a grave for a long period. Even if they did, I really do not see hackers doing so. I mean, the amount of interest this console has had, and the fact that it has been bringing people over from other scenes such as the PS3 and iOS is great.

      Due to how powerful it is for a handheld, I really do not see people just giving up on it as it were. Many people can actually see the potential of the console.

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    3. illLoGiQ’s avatar

      This F@*&$ing idiot right here. REALLY? REALLY? Well then Great One from the Future did you bring back some evidence of the fall of the Vita cause I’m pretty sure it will be hacked, also I’m pretty sure the people hacking it are way smarter than those that created it or this thread or site might not even be here.

      Also WTF is this SH!T = “I’m back on psn and bought 70% of vita games and I’m still bored of it, remakes are killing this console , sony hasn’t brought anything new and exciting to the vita and that’s why it remains a fail handheld console, I’ll put mine on eBay soon,
      I can see Sony and hackers putting this little machine into a grave”

      LOL Sony masturbates over consumers like you, so quick to buy then complain but you bought 70% of the Vita games but they still have not brought anything new…WTF? You just boosted sales, lol on 70% of crap. Congrats all that is encouragement for more crap. Sony does not care cause they know someone out there is going to buy 70% of there crap. So you go sell your Vita on Ebay while 70% of your crap on PSN that you bought sits unplayable unless maybe you have a PS3 and even then cross play games don’t make up 70% of Vita games. Wasted money pocketed by Sony but you go ahead pumpkin and make that stand.

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      1. CJW’s avatar

        I am going to take both sides of this arguement. On the one hand $ony is recycling a lot of old stuff. I don’t totally mind it as some PSP games actually seem like they were made to be played on Vita because of the bigger screen and programable second analogue and virutal touchscreen buttons. MGS PW, the Logan games and others play much better and still hold up pretty well grafx wise. Some of the PSX stuff is really starting to show its age but others like FF series and ChronoX still look and play great. SOTN is always a favorite and lord I have bought and played that game 5 times now over the years.

        On the other hand, their has not been a great flow of worthy or top end titles for the Vita and that is dissapointing. Also I really wish their would be more remote play functionality. There are some PSN PS3 games that would be great for remote play. I love rocketbirds and rockhard and journey. Those games would tranlate wonderfully to the Vita for remote play. Other full ps3 titles maybe not as well but so much PSN content would rock. I would really hope we see more unique Vita content as it is a unique product in the market. It has way more horsepower than any other handheld or tablet to do proper gaming. It has great input functionality with a good standard gaming config as well as the dual touch/gyro/mic/cameras. I mean so many cool portable game concepts could be utilized that have yet to be done.

        In the end I would say have some patience. It is a great kit and $ony has shown with PS2/PS3/PSP that they can be patient and even though all of those products had slow or stumbling starts they became great over time. Vita needs some killer apps though to get its sales moving. For me Drake is still the best game and Gravity Rush and MGS are close behind. Seems as though no one bought GR and MGS is a rehash of 5+ year old games so its not enough to attract those that are not $ony fans. A killer multiplayer online FPS or MMORPG would really help. Why not something like everquest or WOW for vita. Something like that with high quality would bring the sales they need.

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        1. SofaKing™’s avatar

          i would like to see games like “RISK”,”UNO”, and/or “monopoly” crossplayable. but i am stuck here in North America where we dont even have “angrybirds” or “crash bandicoot” for our psVITAs

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      2. Meringue’s avatar

        Vita’s problem is that the whole “portable console” thing has no market. Western gamers don’t want dedicated handhelds, especially ones without Mario games.

        Instead of pouring money into trickle down console trash, they should have reinvested in their otaku scene stuff, and their other cult openings. How they let Monster Hunter slip away I’ll never understand, MH2G was the game that saved the PSP and the series was the backbone of their system in general.

        They should have thrown money at Monster Hunter, did a Demon’s Souls spinoff (SCEJ owns the franchise) and in general for their console type games, they need to focus SOLELY on the ones that sell, ie; Uncharted and Gran Turismo. No Killzone, no Resistance, no America only type software.

        They wanted to get America though, and they were convinced piracy is what slayed the software sales in the US, when it wasn’t. Adults and contemporary gamers just don’t want handhelds here and the fanbase for it that opened up was one for niche Japanese games, not stuff like CoD.

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  32. Nickolas’s avatar

    Even if he had an exploit he’d still have to RE the Vita Stick’s format to get that info. How did you guys launch VHBL in the first place? Just by guessing the path? Or is it stored in the exploited game’s folder? Sorry for asking, I do not own a Vita only a PSP and things seem to have changed a lot…

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      VHBL worked because the psp emulator on the vita is a perfect reproduction of the PSP system. We just did all the development on a PSP, and it worked out of the box in the emulator

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  33. zzjcc5000’s avatar

    Hi,wololo
    When I play Survival mode of the psv COD,my vita always go wrong.
    And it showed that NPXSxxxxxx went wrong.
    How can I solve it?

    Is there the problem on the Server?

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  34. Tonakai’s avatar

    This was a very interesting read, and I’m hoping that this could lead to some real progress into hacking the vita (although, I’m not saying that the usermode and psp emu kernel exploits are not progress, but there’s only so far they can go with regards to progress).

    I would really love to find out that SKFU has been sharing information with YifanLu since I’m really looking forward to UVL.

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  35. psVitovic’s avatar

    how the hell did he obtain an dev kit? and how does he think that noone will find him… it’s not like there are 1000000 of dev kits around… just one wrong person, and if that serial number goes viral, there will be $ony knocking at his door.. how does he intend to sell something like that on the internet and knowing that the whole international company like $ony is going after it?

    also, logical way of thinking is that he works for $ony or some game dev company, so one should ask a question: what are the moral standards of the man named STFU and what are his intentions, as he is able to work in an high-class company and steal their property and sell it on the internet… one thing is reverse engineering, the other is human engineering that is particularly ugly (at least to me)

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  36. deathbydevice’s avatar

    just out of curiosity. sony has forgotten tech, the memory stick micro. about the same thickness of the vita card with 2 extra notches. it also came with a memory stick adapter to fit a computer. if i remember it was for the Ericsson, but i could be wrong. anyway to tamper with it to fit a vita card? just a question ive wanted to share.

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    1. kikershadow’s avatar

      Aun asi con un adaptador, ¿como darias el formato correspondiente a la memoria? MICRO SD

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    2. thedicemaster’s avatar

      the MS micro actually already fits a vita memory card slot.
      it’s also a bit thinner than a vita memory card(about 2/3 the size of a vita memory card)

      you will face 2 issues though:
      you’d need a really thin converter card because the contacts are in different locations and sizes.
      and there’s probably more than just a memory chip in there to prevent counterfeiting or tricks like you’re suggesting.

      and the MS micro was used in the psp go as well.

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  37. kikershadow’s avatar

    conocer la raiz es importante.

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  38. Resinmg’s avatar

    Okay dont know if this will help but i got a Vita game backup on my pc and it was not taken from the vita with Open CMA. I took this game off the vita on my ps3 with CFW 4.21 then transfered it to my pc i can see everything inside the game folders. If this will help i will send this to SKFU or Wololo.

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    1. StepS’s avatar

      psvimg? pointless, encrypted, and also illegal

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    2. z3’s avatar

      When you backup on PS3, it is exactly the same as taking a backup using CMA. You can see all the game folders when taking a backup using CMA as well.

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  39. bosanovaX’s avatar

    Very interesting, I like :)

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  40. gliitch’s avatar

    not really illegal if he owns it already. play sony are but hurt because there are people who outsmart them . :)

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  41. dimy93’s avatar

    wait,wait the vita apps are actually in vita’s flash rigth?
    I think that those are paths to vita’s internals not the ms?
    Can someone clear my confusion?

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  42. Davee’s avatar

    very bold headline, especially since SKFU is using a devkit which has access to filesystem.

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    1. Rafael707’s avatar

      ^ buy the dev kit davee, surely you would have fun sploiting it xD

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      1. ok’s avatar

        XDDDDDDDDDDD
        Cancer.

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  43. nega93’s avatar

    wasn’t the psp go had the same root name??? “vs0/…”

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  44. stevothekilla16’s avatar

    Wololo i would like to imform you that i have a psv and the intrenal sever is very similar to the ps3 original do you think since the original ps3 came with a ps2 emulator mby u guys can try hard mods to the system

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  45. AyeGuy’s avatar

    I prefer if vita games not get pirated but I would love to be able to play N64 games on it at full speed

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  46. ViNNYVITA’s avatar

    Sony dev programmers assholes must have got even more tight
    now after reading this lol!

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  47. mali’s avatar

    SKFU is no dev. Anybody from the old scene will know what I mean by this.

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