The day the Vita scene imploded: more than 50 game exploits leaked
(Download links below). If you’ve followed the Vita hacking scene over the past 2 days, you’ve definitely noticed that “stuff” has been going on. Without going into details (mostly because I don’t know them, and I would probably be just adding fuel to the fire), internal issues within the hacking team behind most of the past 2 years’ vita (psp emulator) exploits have led some of it members to “leak” their own work.
This started yesterday with famous developer qwikrazor87 revealing a psp kernel exploit which was supposed to be released much later this year by the team. That kernel exploit works today on the Vita’s latest firmware (3.18) and you should grab it while it works.
Today, the internal conflict escalated, with Acid_Snake releasing more than 50 undisclosed psp usermode exploits, about 35 of which have been ported to VHBL. Now, given the amount of files in that archive, it is difficult for me to instantly tell you if all of these work perfectly, if some of them are just old exploits, or undisclosed exploits that have been patched in recent firmwares by Sony, totally new exploits, or old games that had been exploited in the past and for which a new exploit has been found.
— Acid_Snake (@AcidSnakeDev) September 13, 2014
I can at least tell that Patapon and Patapon 2, which you will find in the list below, are a new exploit, because this is the one we intended to release with Qwikrazor87 as a VHBL ninja release for Firmware 3.30. Gladiator begins is also a new exploit, which was revealed yesterday by Qwikrazor87, to go with his kernel exploit. I will not have the time to test all of these myself of course, but feel free to comment, if you own the games, on which VHBL ports actually work, and which ones don’t.
The leaked archive contains VHBL ports for the following games:
- Arcade Air Hockey and bowling
- Armored Core 3 Portable
- Armored Core Silent Lines Portable
- Arcade Darts
- Ben 10 Protector of Earth
- Crime Spree
- Gladiator Begins (previously revealed by Qwikrazor87 here)
- Go! Sudoku
- Hero Of Sparta
- International Athletics
- Jikan De Fantasia
- Jikandia: The timeless Land
- Knight Fortix 2
- 101 in 1 Megamix
- Me Monstar: Hear me roar
- Mimana Iyar Chronicle
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
- Robin Hood The Return Of Richard
- Patapon 2
- Persona 2
- Pool Hall Pro
- Puzzle Scape
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Space Invaders Extreme
- Skate Park City
- Talkman Travel Tokyo
- Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- World of Pool
The leaked Archive also contains “Hello world” (vulnerability proof of concept) for the following games:
- Arcade Essentials
- Bashi Blocks
- Block Cascade Fusion
- Duael Invaders
- Field Commander
- FieldRunners (new exploit)
- Fight Night Round 3
- Key of Heaven
- Kingdom of Paradise (Tenchi no mon)
- Manic Monkey Mayhem
- Petz Hamsters Bunch
- Sweet Fuse: At your side
Finally, the leaked archive mentions the following games: God of war – Ghost of sparta and Tiny Hawk. It also contains critical information about PS1 exploits in games such as Tekken 2, which can allegedly be used within the PS1 classic games to run PS1 isos with sound (something that was not possible perfectly on TN-V).
Full working and bugless PSX sound can be achieved by buying either Tekken 2 or Sports Superbike 2, they are exploitable, no need for PEOPS.
— Acid_Snake (@AcidSnakeDev) September 13, 2014
Additionally, the archives leaked by Acid_Snake seem to contain additional psp kernel exploits.
It appears most of the exploits in this archive where Qwikrazor87’s work, although some files have been contributed by other members of the Oilix hacking team (of which both Qwikrazor87 and Acid_Snake were founding members)
People on firmware 3.18 should start and test the various VHBL ports or Hello world files disclosed in the archives (download links below). For those of you who don’t want to test or wait, the best option today is to grab gladiator begins, which has been ported to Qwikrazor87’s kexploit and TN-V. Theoretically, all the games above could be used to run TN-V on firmware 3.18, but for each one of these it would take a good soul to actually port the kernel exploit and get TN-V to run. I am not sure how easy that is, but I’m sure we’ll see things showing up in the days to come.
It is very likely that Sony will use this huge archive to strengthen their security within the PSP emulator. I would expect the 50+ games mentioned above to be gone from the PSN stores within a few days, and Sony’s engineers will probably have a look at some of the other material to fix kernel exploits inside the PSP emulator, in time for the next Vita firmware 3.30.
This is the biggest leak ever in all of the PSP/Vita scene’s history. To give you a sense of perspective, this is a waste, in one day, of (give or take) twice the amount of game exploits that have been publicly released in all the 9 years of existence of the PSP/Vita.
Some people on twitter have argued that this could mean positive things for the Vita scene moving forward: this will force the Vita hacking scene to start looking into native hacks rather than being slowed down by psp hacking.
I have in general been strongly opinionated about such leaks, and I personally feel this is the worst leak in the psp/vita scene’s history. But as always, I am sure these devs have reasons to have done what they have done here, so I’ll avoid making any judgement call at this point, at least while I discuss the matter privately with the Oilix team, our mods and other involved parties. What I can guarantee is that this will shake the existing Vita scene to its core.
You can download the archives here: PSP User Mode exploits and VHBL ports, PS1 exploits, psp kernel exploits.
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