We’ve mentioned before that Yifanlu was planning on challenging hackers to reverse engineer the HENkaku code. Today he’s announced it officially on his blog, with a hacking “King of the Hill” contest to go with the announce, and some source code release. “Reverse engineer HENkaku”, he says, and Team molecule will share more source code… and ultimately a bonus.
The idea is as follows: we (molecule) are currently the kings of the hill. You (challenger) can claim the throne by reversing our hack (HENkaku) and explaining it. Once we have been knocked off, we will post all our source code, build scripts, and a special bonus… We won’t say what it is yet, but it can be claimed by anyone who beats the challenge (not just the first) and is only valuable to people who have an interest in the Vita and Vita hacking. Since all the “prizes" are available to everyone and not just the first, we strongly encourage collaboration.
To get people started, Yifanlu released the code necessary to host HENkaku offline and/or create mirrors of the HENkaku site. This can be downloaded on his github here.
He added that he hopes several hackers will take on the challenge, to ensure the Vita gets more pairs of eyes looking into its potential vulnerabilities in the future.