HENkaku Ensō is, without a doubt, installed on most hacked FW 3.60/5 as it gives a full untether. Due to what it achieves, it modifies system files and as a result, a simple bug can potentially brick your system. Thankfully, version 1.1 has been released to address the only such bug that the installer had!
As HENkaku Ensō was thoroughly tested before release, it was believed to be completely bug-free for a while
What is HENkaku Ensō?
HENkaku Ensō, by Team Molecule, is an untether for HENkaku-enabled PSVita/PSTVs running firmware 3.60 or 3.65 BUT not 3.67/8. Before Ensō, one had to reapply HENkaku every reboot using the website or the e-mail method. Unsurprisingly, almost everybody installed Ensō after a few days of release and no issues, except one, were ever spotted.
Furthermore, Ensō also made some people stick to firmware 3.60/3.65 for its untether feature which is why software solutions like #LetMaiDie have been made available for those of us who stuck to older firmwares.
What got updated in version 1.1? What is this bricking issue?
A few hours ago, Yifan Lu released version 1.1 of HENkaku Ensō which brought about the following:
A fix to the bricking bug which happened if you tried to uninstall HENkaku after removing it by reinstalling a firmware PUP file.
It must be noted that the problem was in the installer itself as the payload wasn’t changed.
HENkaku Ensō 1.1 only updates the installer so DO NOT reinstall the payload!
As a result, you won’t notice anything different when installing the updated installer and you should not reinstall HENkaku Ensō through it if it’s already installed!
In more detail, the bricking bug is triggered when you re/install a 3.60/3.65 PUP file without uninstalling Ensō beforehand. Then, if you proceed to uninstall Ensō via the installer, your system is bricked forever. This bug happens because when you install a PUP file, HENkaku Ensō is automatically removed but the installer doesn’t detect this. Due to this, the uninstaller tries to remove Ensō again and restores an old MBR backup that kills the Vita!
Obviously, it’s recommended you update your Ensō installer as soon as possible. This is to prevent yourself from bricking your console in the future if you forget about the bug. It’s already available on VitaDB so you can go install it directly via VHBB right now without using a computer!
Important note: If you’re using FW 3.65, install this instead. The links below are only applicable to FW 3.60 users
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