What’s the current status of the vita 3.35 hack?
It’s been quite some time since the PS vita last saw a public exploit release. Firmware 3.18 now starts to being called the “golden” firmware, being both the last firmware to see an ePSP exploit, and the last firmware where the currently only known “native” exploit (based on a vulnerability in the webkit browser) works.
There isn’t a day where people on firmware 3.30 and 3.35 ask me if a new exploit is available for these firmwares.
So what’s the status so far? Well, on the ePSP front, we know that VHBL, and potentially some TN-V/eCFW hacks are possible. This was revealed here and hinted here as well: The Z and several others already have access to at least VHBL on the latest firmwares, and have showed it several times in the past. Unfortunately, no public release of any of these exploits has been announced at this point. There’s no denying that the scene has caught some cold feet since the major leak that happened in September. The Z has re-stated recently on /talk that there is no plan for a release on firmware 3.35 (of the work he knows about) given that 3.35 is not considered as a “major” firmware, and releasing an exploit for it would be felt as a waste.
Eventually the most promising hack was Qwikrazor’s “bubbles” hack, a hack that lets people launch homebrews (including, but not limited to, VHBL, TN-V, as well as PSP isos) directly from the Vita Live area. Qwikrazor initially stated he would release it, but I have since then learned from Qwikrazor himself that some components of the hack were not found solely by him, and he has no explicit permission to release those. He also fears that some of the tricks he uses are also used by people investigating the Native side of the Vita, so a release could do more harm than good. Keep in mind however that he hasn’t made a final decision about releasing or not.
In parallel, efforts from the scene exist to try and reproduce his work, you can follow katsu’s progress on /talk in his thread “hubble-bubble“.
Bottom line is, nothing “yet” for the latest PS Vita firmware in terms of eCFW hacks, and no known native vulnerability. But let’s not lose hope, and stay tuned 🙂