3DS/Wii U hacks & PS4 Hardware Reverse Engineering: upcoming console hacking talks at CCC by Fail0verflow and other groups
Several hackers will be presenting on console hacking at this year’s Chaos Communication Congress (CCC) in Germany.
Marcan, of fail0verflow fame, will have a presentation on PS4 reverse engineering. Last year, Fail0verflow had a groundbreaking presentation at the CCC by demonstrating Linux running on a jailbroken PS4. Their work on Linux is being used widely on hacked PS4s today.
This year’s presentation will be about reverse engineering the hardware of the PS4, and how this enabled Fail0verflow to port Linux to the device. Last year, Fail0verflow did not reveal any kernel exploit, but only the necessary information and tools, for people with an exploit, to run Linux on the PS4. There’s a strong possibility this year’s talk will follow the same pattern: I could of course be wrong but I would not expect a 4.x jailbreak announcement in that presentation.
The full description of the talk:
Last year, we demonstrated Linux running on the PS4 in a lightning talk – presented on the PS4 itself. But how did we do it? In a departure from previous Console Hacking talks focusing on security, this year we’re going to focus on the PS4 hardware, what makes it different from a PC, and how we reverse engineered it enough to get a full-blown Linux distro running on it, complete with 3D acceleration.
Additionally, hackers Naehrwert, Derrek, and Ned Williamson will talk about advanced hacks on the 3DS and the Wii U. That talk is bound to be interesting, as the hackers claim “Nintendo has lost the game”. Last year, Derrek, Plutoo and Smealum had revealed essential hacks for the 3DS and the Wii U at the CCC.
This talk will give a unique insight of what happens when consoles have been hacked already, but not all secrets are busted yet. This time we will not only focus on the Nintendo 3DS but also on the Wii U, talking about our experiences wrapping up the end of an era. We will show how we managed to exploit them in novel ways and discuss why we think that Nintendo has lost the game.
The CCC will have many more hacking-related presentations. Some that caught my eyes include a talk on iOS downgrading and a detailed presentation on the Pegasus iOS exploits.
For those of you who intend to physically attend the event, you can “vote” for the events you would like to see, on the CCC Halfnarp page. This will allow the CCC system to schedule presentations while minimizing conflicts for the audience.
Chaos Communication Congress 2016 will happen from 12/27 to 12/30 this year.