Chaitin tech: “the bugs we used in the PS4 4.01 Jailbreak will be reported to Sony”
Chinese hackers of the Chaitin Tech security research lab stormed the PS4 scene yesterday by revealing a new PS4 Jailbreak on firmware 4.01 (the latest firmware at the time of their Demo, but Sony published firmware 4.05 earlier today).
PS4 Jailbreak 4.01 – Details will be disclosed to Sony
Today, what appears to be their twitter account (newly created, so take with a pinch of salt) announced that they will disclose to Sony the exploits used in the Jailbreak, per the rules of the GeekPwn hacking contest. Yup, your hopes for a cool release are probably down the drain.
— Chaitin Tech (@ChaitinTech) October 25, 2016
This generated some mini drama from some veterans of the PS3/PS4 scene, in particular with evilsperm of Rebug fame stating: “congrats on fully burning a sploit, which were pretty sure others found months ago! I’m sure the payout was ***”
In other words, there’s some concern that the exploit here could have been used by the scene, and will instead be patched by Sony. One benefit for the scene at this point is that some teams who have been using the same exploits might decide to release it for people running on 4.01 or lower. For that we’ll have to wait and see.
This statement from Chaitin Tech actually is suspiciously timely given that Sony released update 4.05 to the PS4 a few hours ago. Although no confirmation has been given yet, there’s a possibility the exploit is already patched.
PS4 4.01 Jailbreak – more details on the hack
Chaitin Tech have published more videos (this time on youtube) showcasing their exploit with slightly more details and an English translation. They also confirmed they used FailOverfl0w’s Linux implementation to run their demo. There’s no details on a potential release for this Jailbreak, however.
Source: Chaitin Tech on twitter