Qwikrazor87′s VHBL exploit might be available on EU stores after all

As you probably know by now, developer Qwikrazor87 has an upcoming VHBL release for firmware 2.12. The sad piece of news we shared with you quite clearly though is that the exploited game is only available on the US store. Although I’ve explained how you can add credit to a US PSN account even if you don’t live in the US, we know this technically limits the audience of such an exploit.

However some testers have been reporting that the exploited game is actually available for some EU stores too, but there’s a trick…

The idea seems simply that, although the game is not available directly from the PSN on your Vita, it seems possible to buy it from your PC on the PC PSN store, to then magically see the game appear on your download list on the Vita… and voila… (Update: other people have reported that they can buy the game on their PS3, and then transfer it to their Vita. A technique that has been proven to work in the past for several games marked as “not available” on the Vita)

But there seems to be a catch: although lots of trusted testers have reported to us that this technique works, roughly the same amount of testers have reported to us that the game actually does not appear in the vita download list after buying it from your PC (making the purchase basically useless). We are still unclear if this is some sort of bug on how the Vita manages some of the PSN permissions, or if it depends on the country you live in, or something else…

Nevertheless, I’ll be in touch with Qwikrazor87 to make sure his VHBL port gets readied for both the US AND the EU versions of the game, just in case. Qwikrazor actually had early versions of his VHBL port ready for the EU version of the game, but he didn’t maintain that version actively since the game was initially found to be available only on the US store. However, I’ve seen the port for the EU version, so I know the exploit works fine on the EU version of the game as well.

What remains uncertain here is if it is actually possible to actually buy the game for your Vita on the EU stores. Try at your own risk, but we’d still recommend to go with the US version for now.

  1. ChaOS’s avatar

    Seems like you’re dropping enough hints for Sony to figure out which game this is before the exploit ever even gets released.

    They’ve known for a month now that it’s a game that is in the US PSN but not the EU – there can’t be that many of those…

    Every day we sit on the exploit is another day closer we are to Sony pulling the exploited game and killing 2.12 VHBL.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Yes, the risk grows day after day. We do our best to give people enough information that they can decide if the exploit is good for them or not, without giving away too much info. It’s a fine line.

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  2. Carlo’s avatar

    Just tried it from The Netherlands.
    I can buy it, it does show up on my downloadlist on the Vita but says i cant download it on a Vita.
    I downloaded it on my PS3 and with Content Manager i was able to get it working on my Vita.

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  3. Tony86’s avatar

    I think it works in Sonys interest to have the VHBL enabled game on the store for a short while because they benifit from the sales of the game that VHBL users will quite obviously buy.

    They would be foolish to nip it in the bud before it happens because it will mean they lose out on money for something that to be honest they probably dont consider it much of a security risk to their console… you cant play “pirated” games or dive in to the Vita internals using VHBL but only run emulators and Roms of old consoles which to be honest not many companies if any care much about anymore?

    If Wololo and co released the name of the game, Sony would probably leave it for a few couple days just so they can soak up some profit from it all, obviously they have a duty of care to blacklist the exploit because thats something they would have to do.

    just my opinion.

    Tony

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    1. D-TeK-DeV’s avatar

      Sony knows that people will want to play newer titles and would update, anyway. The VHBL and sony’s late updates would repeat over and over.

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      1. NNNRT’s avatar

        Yeah, all exploits are being released when their current firmware has been available for a long time, but still that makes Sony release a mandatory update with no fixes. I don’t know how they think VHBL is related to piracy. :|

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        1. Jomann’s avatar

          Tell me how you would feel if you were sony and your customers wanted to hack their device so they could play games from their competition?

          Also nintendo roms are still illegal because of the addition of classics on the 3ds and wii.

          finally just because wololo says that their exploit is only a homebrew exploit doesn’t mean that it actually is. Sony will take all precautions necessary. and as a side note they don’t take wololo’s word for being pro user. for all we know wololo could be trying to give us a virus and then ask us for money to fix it? this is why its taken down so quickly. to protect the user.

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          1. wololo’s avatar

            Jomann, although in theory I agree with your points and the business justifications for Sony to react quickly to exploits releases, I would like to point out several things:

            - first, it seems Sony trust my reputation enough that they are pulling their games out of their store before we even give them proof that the exploit is real. hopefully, it means they also know I don’t have the reputation of installing malicious software on the devices of the people who follow this blog.

            But the point above is just an anecdote. More importantly, I simply can’t accept that you believe Sony are patching these flaws to protect the user. If that were true, they would treat all similar security threats identically, but they have proven several times they don’t actually care about protecting their users: The infamous hack debacle from 2011 is the best example of course; but also the rootkit scandal from 2006; the fact that your password is stored in plain text on the PSP ( http://wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8799 ); or more recently and directly related to the Vita, a dangerous javascript vulnerability found this year that they never fixed despite being contacted by a white hat security researcher repeatedly: http://wololo.net/2013/02/14/major-security-issue-url-spoofing-found-on-the-vita-browser/

            Clearly, if Sony can react within 48h to prevent us from playing homebrews, but on the other hand take several months or years to fix a vulnerability that could allow a malicious hacker to steal some of your personal information directly from your browser, they are showing they don’t care about protecting their users.

          2. Aces’s avatar

            Also need to remember that any and all kernel exploits require that you first have a user exploit such as this.

  4. outoforrder’s avatar

    i must be off the trusted members list still no ninja for me :(

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    1. NNNRT’s avatar

      Depends on your post count. ;)

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        1. Mr GoodFrag’s avatar

          How would an oldtimer PS3 dev get on this list?

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    2. xlovenuggetx’s avatar

      Same here outforder. No messages in the inbox. Are you sure they’ve started the ninja release? Because i think carlo might be a tester who has early access. Can someone confirm this?

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      1. Wrozen’s avatar

        Yea It’s definitely started. I’ve known the game for a few days now. It depends how long you’ve been a member and how trusted you are in the forum. Give wololo no reason to give you a warning on your account and you’ll get the release in time. Just keep checking.

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  5. ozzy1990’s avatar

    same here bro lol just be patient it will come. it seems i been waiting for ever but it will totally be worth it :)

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  6. xlovenuggetx’s avatar

    i just got really excited you guys. Don’t toy with my emotions like this! I nearly dropped everything and skipped class because i left my vita at home! Sigh. Back to waiting patiently. >.>

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    1. xxMooneyxx’s avatar

      Haha I’m in the same boat.

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  7. phil87700’s avatar

    Wow thats great news

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  8. ien1587’s avatar

    i hope my months of months of waiting wouldn’t be a waste.. still hoping though..

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  9. A7mad Boss’s avatar

    Yub i downloded it via ps3 store the first time i saw ninja release 

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  10. Lyian’s avatar

    Since I am back from London today, I cheked out whats new on WOLOLO.

    So, to be quick, I purchased it, downloaded it and of course installed it.

    Everything is fine from Germany :)

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  11. Ax23’s avatar

    Can confirm downloading to the PS3 and from PS3 to PSVita works (EU store) ;)

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  12. Joshua’s avatar

    could someone please let me in on this game .. ive been here everyday for the last month and a half waiting and searching.. ive only been a member for about a month but i really dould like to figure this out :)

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  13. Lyian’s avatar

    Joshua please, login in your account in the forum, then check out if the ninja release box appears, if not, just wait a few days, probably one or two :)

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  14. Max7731’s avatar

    @ Wololo : hi Is the game is available on the playstation store north america. thank you.

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    1. zqlzql’s avatar

      What a game?

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  15. zqlzql’s avatar

    I missed several loopholes

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  16. zqlzql’s avatar

    I missed several loopholes what a game

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  17. Joshua’s avatar

    thank you Lyian ive been checking but havent seen nothing. i will continue to wait patiently

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  18. phil87700’s avatar

    Hope im too chosen for ninja soon…Im from EU store :-(
    I can keep my mouth shut for the rest of my life ;-)
    Great news guys…

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  19. zqlzql’s avatar

    …………….

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  20. zqlzql’s avatar

    i cant wait

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  21. Max1990’s avatar

    Impossible to download the game with my PS Vita (from French PSN) :/

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  22. areymuga’s avatar

    I can’t see ninja release, bad luck for me

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  23. xlovenuggetx’s avatar

    i just wanted to say thanks to you guys. downloaded game and ready to install vhbl! in case people are oblivious to the fact, the game title info is not sent through your inbox (at least not for me). if you dont have a message yet, look for the new box that appears at the top of the main page. i didnt notice it for an hour or so. cheers!

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  24. JeoWay’s avatar

    Well then. Happy homebrewing EU people!

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  25. xxxgreygh0stxxx’s avatar

    just got the vita, but it has 2.12. can’t wait till you release it so i can play my nes, snes on the road again.

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  26. zerobacker’s avatar

    I have always trusted wololo work and great deeds you do so do not think you want to give us a virus or malware rather that our consoles since I had my psp 3000 version 6.20 golden grabbed all wonderful.

    you’re already a legend eventhough you follow on the scen beam left a big mark as the great dark alex to thank you all grab this possible

    I would love to help discover new exploit but I have no idea where to get started if someone could give me a guide I will be very grateful for the community

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  27. Robert’s avatar

    Do I need to be a member of the forum to receive the new release and the name of the game?

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    1. xlovenuggetx’s avatar

      yes, but eventually it will be posted on wololo for all to see. google ninja release for more information and keep checking back.

      wololo delivered! today is a good day :)

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  28. zerobacker’s avatar

    I have always trusted wololo work and great deeds you do so do not think you want to give us a virus or malware rather that our consoles since I had my psp 3000 version 6.20 golden grabbed all wonderful.

    you’re already a legend eventhough you follow on the scen beam left a big mark as the great dark alex to thank you all grab this possible

    I would love to help discover new exploit but I have no idea where to get started if someone could give me a guide I will be very grateful for the community….

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  29. Enrike’s avatar

    Finally thanks to Qwikrazor87 and wololo team..

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  30. patty’s avatar

    i downloaded the game ,but when i go to my downloadlist it says that it cant be dowloaded to the Vita , help please !!

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    1. chingon’s avatar

      1.Download the game on your “PS3″,LEAVE IT IN THE BUBBLE, 2.connect your Ps Vita and install…good luck…

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    2. internally-blazed’s avatar

      see my guide below. CTRL+F my name and you’ll find it

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  31. booey24’s avatar

    Thanks wololo for the info. I appreciate your time and effort.

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  32. scooter61686’s avatar

    Thanks Wololo & Qwikrazor87 updated from UNO exploit, Retro City Rampage is only $4.99 on the PSN so i had to update to get the exploit game AND retro city while it was on sale. you guys rock and I LOVE VHBL!

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  33. CookyLUFC’s avatar

    I can also confirm that you can download on ps3 via EU store and transfer to PSVITA. Thanks guys!

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  34. areymuga’s avatar

    Wololo, i need the game name please…..

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  35. SPoONiE_16’s avatar

    Great news for EU users!

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  36. Joshua’s avatar

    is it out ive checked my messages searched the form everything im in the us does this matter someone please point me in a direction so i dont miss out. i see no box with ninja release and yes im a member

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    1. Sparkey’s avatar

      Just wait, man. The Ninja Release is done in certain sections.

      You’ll probably get it tomorrow.

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  37. Whitnom4’s avatar

    ohhh man i cant wait for my pm. I might be a few months new but hopefully im in the loop.

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  38. internally-blazed’s avatar

    Thank you got it to work.
    How to:
    1. Download Game on PC PSN Store
    2. On PC get the Game to Queue as a download to your PS3
    3. Once queued, turn on your PS3 and sign into PSN, also plug in your vita and run CMA (i did it to stop game from installing onto PS3), game should download
    4. Wait 5 mins, then disconnect CMA, Check XMB to see game is downloaded on PS3
    5. Connect vita to PS3 vita CMA and transfer game, Game located under Application > PSP

    Enjoy

    You cant download the Game from download list on Vita, reason being is that it does not allow (Sony seem to have patched that)
    Game cant be found on Vita store but can be found on PS Store.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. Marco’s avatar

      Thank you, I tried to use only PC-PS Vita since my Ps3 is at home and I’m on vacation now, but it downloads an .xpd of 1kb and if I open it with notepad it shows an URL of a .pkg (the game) but I think I can’t transfer it from the PC to the Vita, can I? Thanks.

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  39. fatman01923’s avatar

    Hey Wololo, how long does a warning last if not forever? :(

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      6 months

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  40. Mr Rab’s avatar

    So when should I start spamming F5 on the homepage?

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  41. Dmaskell92’s avatar

    I appreciate all effort put into this, and have the game purchased. Just waiting for the files, they are released after the game is pulled like with Apache?

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  42. StaticBalls’s avatar

    Aww, I just ordered my ps vita today… Too bad it won’t be here until Wednesday :(

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  43. outoforrder’s avatar

    i got ninja release round 16.30
    big thanks wololo

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  44. Himura’s avatar

    i wish there is an asian version

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  45. areymuga’s avatar

    Thanks wololo, game purchased.

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  46. mavman42’s avatar

    I got the ninja release! Thanks wololo and quickrazor! The name of the game is…. Jk!

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  47. javon’s avatar

    is it possible for this exploit to play psp iso in the future? im thinking of buying the game but if it is only for psp homebrew i rather not.

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  48. StaticBalls’s avatar

    Dumb question, but on average how long does it take them to take them game off?

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  49. dorron’s avatar

    I didn’t even know “it wasn’t available” on EU PSN.

    I bought it from my PS3 via EU PSN without problems. Downloaded it to PS3 and transferred it to my Vita.

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  50. Hamza’s avatar

    I don’t know, I don’t think it would work with me. So, I think I’ll wait for another exploitable game.

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