Unfortunately, part of the hacker’s work got leaked soon after the announce. In a strange act of unity for a usually drama-fed scene, it seems most PS3 scene sites tried to contain the leak by not sharing any download links. For those who got access to the leaked content, it was clear that the leak was real, but not the full thing.
In spite of the leak, the dev team behind the 4.81 exploit have confirmed they are still working on it. Since the leak, they have released an IDPS Dumper for 4.81, and shared a few details on what’s to come, on PS3 scene site psx-place.
IDPS Dumper for PS3 OFW 4.81 released
First of all, the team released an IDPS dumper running on the latest 4.81 firmware. The most recent version of the tool, 0.2.1, is compatible with all models of the PS3 including the Super Slim.
The IDPS is a unique console identifier, and has been used among other things to “unban” a PS3 (by flashing a different idps), or to decrypt the encrypted contents of the console’s hard drive.
A word of warning: because the IDPS uniquely identifies your console, do not share it with other people, in particular on forums or in public channels. Other people might take your idps, potentially use it to get their own console unbanned, and this could be bad news for you.
Additional details on what’s to come: software downgrades for cfw compatible consoles, “HEN” kind of hack for others.
The team behind the PS3Xploit (W, esc0rtD3w, and bguerville) have given lots of details on the stuff they’re working on. There’s a lengthy article over at PSX-place giving some practical details. Specifically:
A Flash memory dumper should be released soon for all models
Software downgraders could become a reality for PS3 4.81, for consoles that are CFW compatible (basically non super slims)
Current expected release date is now Q1 2018 for the initial hack (versus Christmas as initially announced), which will allow for downgrades on compatible models
People with newer consoles (Super slims and some models of Slims) cannot install CFW or downgrade, but the team expects to work on a “HEN” kind of in-ram exploit for those models. ETA to start on that work is March.
Specifically, bguerville says (emphasis mine):
For now the main project we are working on will not jailbreak all consoles.
It will enable flash dumps from all consoles but flash write only to all consoles up to 25xx, so consoles that are are not cfw compatible will not really benefit just yet, except for dumping flash & idps but not for JB.
For those with cfw compatible consoles on ofw, once flash is overwritten with a db ofw copy, a user can reboot then install the cfw of their choice. Hardware flashers being then obsolete.. You could also overwrite the flash memory in more recent consoles but that would result in a brick due to metldr2.
It’s only after that flash management project is done, in hopefully March that we will begin working on exploiting lv2. If we get the results we wish, we should be able to make a TaiHEN type of hack for all consoles including superslims.
Note from wololo: 25xx are the PS3 Slim from 2010. in 2011, a newer 30xx model of Slim was released.
Do not update your PS3 past 4.81
PSX-Place are advising people to not upgrade beyond 4.81.
The recent leak has probably given Sony enough information to know what to patch for this exploit. The developers behind PS3Xploit had to release some of their work following the leak, before a full hacks is made available. This will give Sony an opportunity to patch (at least partially) the exploits, and release a new firmware.
It is likely, if Sony still care about the PS3, that a new firmware will be released to patch the upcoming exploits. anyone willing to hack their console should stay on as low a firmware as they possibly can.