Linux PS4: fail0verflow release ps4-kexec to boot Linux on your PS4
Alright, before you get too excited: this is not an exploit, you still need a kexploit in order to run this (it’s your lucky day: one was leaked yesterday), but if you have a PS4 1.76 this is basically the missing piece to run Linux on your PS4: fail0verflow released yesterday ps4-exec, a piece of software that lets you boot linux from the PS4’s FreeBSD implementation.
To summarize, if:
- You own a PS4 on firmware 1.76
- Are able to run the Webkit userland exploit
- Are able to compile and run the PS4 kernel exploit that was leaked yesterday
- Can compile PS4 Linux
- Can compile ps4-kexec
Then according to Fail0verflow you should be able to run Linux on your PS4.
It’s worth noting that with the released kexec loader and kernel (and an exploit) you should be able to replicate our 32c3 demo.
— fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) March 3, 2016
That’s a lot of “ifs”, and it’s definitely not end-user friendly at this point, but if you have the required “basic” programming skills, there’s no magic involved. I would assume we will start seeing “proof of concept” videos sometime soon from those of you who succeed, and I’m thinking friendlier pre-compiled binaries might show up sometime soon?
Fail0verflow also credit @kr105rlz for help with tests and confirming this works with “his own kexploit”.