Wololo.net http://wololo.net PS4, PS Vita, PSP Security and homebrews. Hacks and mods for your consoles Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:55:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Forgotten Homebrews Part 3: Wagic the homebrew?!http://wololo.net/2014/10/23/forgotten-homebrews-part-3-wagic-the-homebrew/ http://wololo.net/2014/10/23/forgotten-homebrews-part-3-wagic-the-homebrew/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:33:20 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22182 Woah there hold on a second, this is a homebrew? Okay I’ll be completely honest here. Around the year 2010, when I was about 13 years old, I believed that this whole ‘Wagic’ thing was an official Sony PSP Game. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this yourself.

That’s the windows version above, but the PSP version looks the same (except in a slightly lower resolution). I mean it looks so professional that I actually thought it was a game developed by SCE, or some other big company. It was later around 2012, when I got myself a PSP, it came to my knowledge that this is a homebrew. It isn’t an official PSP game and it isn’t a port. This is a homebrew game created from scratch by developers with a passionate mind of achieving success. The gameplay is similar to Magic the gathering, so if you’re a Magic the gathering fan, you’ll certainly love this!

Oh and that’s not it, this game is also a multi-platform game!

These are the following devices that it currently supports:

  • Sony PSP (both signed and unsigned versions available)
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • The nokia N900 (maemo) and the Nokia N9 (meego)
  • Android – Both phones and tablets
  • iOS(iPhone/iPad/iPad2)

 

Okay now that I’ve said all this, you might be wondering:

What exactly is wagic?

Wagic is a multi-platform trading card game. It was developed by passionate card games fans at Wololo.net, including our admin, Wololo. It’s also worth mentioning Zethfox and Mike for putting a lot of their work into the latest update. Wagic is available in several languages. These include: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Serbian. Wagic is highly customizable and includes a nice set of mods, as well as custom decks created by many card game fans, and a wide variety of themes!

 

So what it’s about?

You play as a wizard against the computer with your army of minions. You start off with a few set of cards that includes creatures and spells. As you win battles against the CPU, you’ll earn credits that will allow you to buy more cards and develop more powerful decks. You’ll also unlock cards and new game modes as you make progress throughout the game.

What does it offer?

Wagic supports more than 9400 unique cards, which is almost 10k! Including Planeswalkers support, and Dark Ascension. It also offers a very nice set of game modes. These include:

– Momir Basic mode: To unlock this mode, you’ll have to win a game with exactly 8 lands in your control.

– Difficult mode: To unlock this mode, you’ll need to have at least 10 Opponents marked as “easy”, and win an extra game.

– Evil Twin mode: To unlock this mode, you’ll have to win a game, while having the same number of cards in play as your opponent.

– Random Deck mode: To unlock this mode, you’ll have to win a game, in difficult mode, with 20 life or more.

 

How can I contribute to the community?

If you’re a C++ developer, and you want to contribute to the game, you can fork the repository from their github and If you think your code is good enough to be official you can drop by their forums http://wololo.net/forum/ and let them know.

 

I’ll conclude by saying Wagic is definitely a must have homebrew game for all the homebrew enthusiasts out there. Trust me, when you first play this you wouldn’t even believe it’s a ‘homebrew’. So go ahead, and knock yourself out!

 

 

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Vita hack: what you can and can’t do with the recently released Webkit hackhttp://wololo.net/2014/10/22/vita-hack-what-you-can-and-cant-do-with-the-recently-released-webkit-hack/ http://wololo.net/2014/10/22/vita-hack-what-you-can-and-cant-do-with-the-recently-released-webkit-hack/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:26:53 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22193 Developer Davee released 3 days ago a webkit hack proof of concept for the PS Vita and Playstation TV. The exploit works up to firmware 3.20 included. The release sparkled a bunch of questions, so I think a quick explanation is needed here.

What can we do with this hack?

Long story short, if you’re asking the question, the answer for you is probably “nothing”. The hack, in its current form, just checks your vita browser for a specific vulnerability, and confirms if the vulnerability works or not. If it works, and if you are interested in future developments of this exploit for your vita, then the only thing you can really do as the end user is wait, and more importantly, not update your firmware.

Eventually, if you’re lucky, some homebrew support or other cool stuff might come out of this.

If you are on firmware 3.30, this exploit will not work for you. It is still interesting for you to try and not update, as, in general, the lower your firmware, the best from a hacking perspective.

Wait, this does not end here

Most of you will probably think this is useless and tell themselves, “well, I’ll come back in 3 months and see how it evolved”. I want to stress the fact that if everybody was thinking this way, console hacking would never make any progress. If nobody steps up now, the excitement could die and the hack will go nowhere.

This proof of concept is the very first step of hacking the vita to see what cool homebrew and stuff we can come up with in the future. But for now, the rest is mostly uncharted territory, except for the handful of people who did have this hack in their possession over the past few months.

memory_dump_vita

In other words, now’s the right time to dig into the exploit yourself, and start and understand how it works, and how you can extend it. You might think, as an individual, that you do not have the “skills” to help the scene. For many of us, that might be true. But it is essential to understand that there is no “Vita hacking school”. The people who came up with these exploits and tools did not have “secret” knowledge available to them that is not available to you. Of course, they used their experience and knowledge in related fields (security, programming, hacking of other devices, you name it…), but the main fuel for console hacking is patience, motivation and free time.

Although I am not the best example out there, when I worked on HBL and the patapon PSP exploit back in 2009, I did not have any extensive hacking knowledge. I did, it is true, have a strong programming background which helped me dramatically, but what I want to insist on is that motivation and patience are the things that drove HBL to completion at the time. When we worked on HBL, I received lots of help from other people who had figured things out before me, for example m0skit0 (who wrote most of the code for HBL initially). The main reason these people trusted me with their time though, is that I had shown my motivation, I had shown that I had taken the necessary time on my own to dig into the existing information that google could send me.

Bottom line is, anybody can help at this point, because everyone now has access to the “difficult” first step: an entry point into the Vita’s memory (or at least the webkit bits). From there, you’ll probably have to take baby steps, such as “how do I connect to this netcat thing that CodeLion mentioned?”, or “crap, I actually need to install linux for that?”. But trust me, every single step can be rewarding.

If you manage to run Codelion’s code (here: https://github.com/BrianBTB/codelion_poc) and interact between your vita and your server, you’ll be one of the maybe 30 people in the world who know more than anybody else. It’s not much, but it will take you to the next point, of understanding how to update the code, for example to dump the ram. Or things like that.

Screenshot thanks to @HarryKnucklez

Screenshot thanks to @HarryKnucklez

Others will probably make progress as well, maybe more skilled people than you. Once you show them that you have been able to run this or that code, you’ve proven that you have enough motivation for them to spend time helping you. After all, you might be the guy who finds the next vulnerability for 3.30 :)

Now I won’t lie, if you have no programming skills or interest in programming whatsoever, there’s close to no chance you’ll be able to go very far. But anyone who has basic programming skills should be able to give it a try.

It is worth mentioning that this is a very time consuming hobby. Trial and error are the majority, and this can damage your relationship with your significant other, because it is so addicting.

What you can try next

These are the things I would try to understand myself in the days to come (assuming I had the time, sigh…)

  • Understand the basics of ARM assembly (some documentation here, here, and a book here)
  • Understand the basics of ROP programming (the basics on wikipedia, a nice intro to ROP here)
  • Try to run CodeLion’s POC with netcat running on your machine: https://github.com/BrianBTB/codelion_poc
  • Based on the newly-gained knowledge above, what are the gadgets that Davee’s exploit POC is looking for, what do they actually do?
  • Some people on twitter (@bballing1 a.k.a. codelion, @173210) are already apparently dumping ram from the exploit. Try to reproduce.
  • Scout /talk for any knowledge that others are willing to share on their own progress, and try to see if I understand it, and if I can reproduce their progress on my own
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Minimur, WTH Happened This Week? Smash Bros 4 On Vita, GTA V Bundle, and The Playbook 4!http://wololo.net/2014/10/21/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-smash-bros-4-on-vita-gta-v-bundle-and-the-playbook-4/ http://wololo.net/2014/10/21/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-smash-bros-4-on-vita-gta-v-bundle-and-the-playbook-4/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:25:45 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22168  

We got some cool little videos for you today, these include stuff like a walkthrough on the PS Vita version of Minecraft, a portable PS4, which looks pretty snazzy, and also a bit of bad news about Project cars, unfortunately.

Now, I found a cool little game for the Vita and PS3 called Tiny Troopers, it’s a top down 3d game, which looks really fun. here’s the trailer for it below, it comes out later this month on the 28th, and a PS4 version is due out in the future, according to the developers ‘We’re very hopeful it wont be far behind the PS3 and Vita release’

The comments section of this was a treasure cove of information, a commenter asked about leveling up, and got this response:

Hi BuriedSorrow – Yes you can level up your troopers to a degree. The elements you can level up include;

Riffle Barrel (increases the rate of damage), Riffle Scope (increases the accuracy, allowing your troopers to hit their targets more frequently), Riffle Magazine (providing your troopers with an increased rate of fire), Riffle Muzzle (increases the range of the troopers firepower), Armour (allowing your troopers to take on more damage), Boots (increases the speed at which the troopers can move, making them harder to hit) and finally, your troopers Rank (increasing your troopers rank will increase their hit points).

There are also a range of outfits specifically designed for your Tiny Troopers that can provide additional abilities such as extra command points upon mission competition, a reduction in the enemy’s observation range or even extra hit points!

 

Another new game I spotted was called Race the Sun, due out this week, it looks pretty cool. It kind of reminds me of Audiosurf, take a look at the video below:

The game is cross-buy AND cross-save, which is a very pretty incentive indeed. Here’s a quote from the article on PS.Blog.

If you aren’t familiar with Race the Sun, here are a few things your should know:

  • Race the Sun is all about speed and survival
  • You play as a solar-powered craft that slows down in the shadows
  • You die when the sun goes down (or you crash)
  • You can catch up to the sun (and delay your death) by grabbing speed boosts
  • As you complete objectives you will unlock helpful power-ups and attachments
  • The leaderboards (along with the world) are regenerated every 24 hours
  • The controls are simple, but the game can be very hard
  • The game will be a Cross-Buy title on PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PlayStation TV

 

Being as reveals have slowed down, I thought I’d give each new game announced it’s own little mini article. What do you think? Do you prefer it, or should I switch back to the previous way?


 

So now that Minecraft on PS Vita is finally here, after about 5 years, we got a little walkthrough for it. Take a look at it below:

There’s no point in me describing the features of this game, we all know what it is. I’ll just say that it’s cross buy…. to an extent. If you own the PS3 version, the Vita version is free. However, if you are an owner of the PS4 version it’ll cost you $4.99. EU’s cross buy is a bit different. You can get Vita/PS3 version for free if you own either version, and you are able to upgrade to the PS4 version for 3.99EUR, no word on GBP unfortunately.

 

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/10/15/this-is-what-minecraft-looks-like-on-the-ps-vita/


So, I’m not sure if this is a troll, most likely it is, or someone doesn’t understand what an exclusive is.

A PS Vita owner, has set out on change.org to try and get super smash bros on the Vita, I’ve signed the petition just for the luls, this is convincing argument to get the game over:

 

Nintendo NEEDS to port this game to the PSVita.Many of us Sony fans don’t want to buy an underpowered console like the Nintendo 3DS

Ouch….

But we would gladly buy a quality title like Smash Bros. Not only would it be benefical for both fans and Nintendo, but probably also REQUIRED by US anititrust law, since Nintendo has a monopoly on games like Smash Bros. by virtue of having no competing title. 

No competing title? Well they did try Playstation All Stars, but it kind of flopped. which kinda sucked. I liked that game, there’s still a solid fanbase there and if you visit the game again you’ll find people who are level999, but not enough of a fanbase to consider a sequel. Hopefully they do though, I really enjoyed the game.

On the change.org page, you can leave comments voicing your opinion on the matter, Satoru Iwata himself (supposedly) commented on the petition:

Satoru Iwata – JAPAN

You want a Nintendo game, you buy a Nintendo console. That is how things work.

Please understand.

 

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/10/weirdness_sony_fan_creates_petition_in_hope_of_bringing_super_smash_bros_to_the_ps_vita


Of course, we could all see it happening, Sony seem to be rolling it out with the different bundles. The Last Of Us, Destiny, Triple Pack bundle, and a recently announced Little Big Planet 3 Bundle, they really are getting as much shelf space as possible, it’s crazy how many there are.

Look at all these different bundles on Amazon UK (Although some are soft bundles)

 

 

http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2014/10/yes_sonys_readying_an_official_grand_theft_auto_v_ps4_bundle


This little piece of amazingness is a ‘portable’ PS4 – it’s totally portable, but it has to be plugged in…..

One of the first things I thought when I saw this was ‘oh, well how long does the battery last?’

Well it turns out it doesn’t, because it doesn’t have one.

Jokes aside, this is amazing and I’d love to have one, not for that price though:

  • PlayBook 4 – $1,395.00
  • PlayBook 4 (you provide your PS4) – $1,095.00
  • W/ HDMI OUT – Add $50.00
  • US Shipping – $75.00 (international extra)

Unfortunatelty, the video I linked has now been put on private, so it can no longer be shared :(

playbook_4

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-15-the-playbook-4-is-a-usd1400-playstation-4-laptop


 

So here’s a bit of bad news, unfortunately. It seems that Project Cars has been delayed untill March next year, for a couple of reasons, here’s the quote from the press release:

Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience. Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.

Here’s a bit of gameplay to turn that frown upsidedown!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-17-project-cars-delayed-until-march-2015-reports-suggest?utm_source=eurogamer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=net-daily


 Weekly Blog Round-up


 

PlayStation Now Open Beta for Vita is now available! – Let’s get streaming! For US users that is……
Codestation’s QCMA Updated: Now supports PS Vita firmware 3.30! – Awesome! Codestation <3
Minecraft Vita is out now. A guide on how to get Minecraft or any game on a lower firmware for dummies! – An awesome little guide most of us will need to know now being as we all love Sony and are all on the latest firmware….
PS Vita Firmware 3.35 announced – Release soon! – Brilliant! Now the device can be even more secure!
How to: Run all PS3 games on a PS3 with a non working Bluray drive (by karimbol) -This is a really good tutorial written by Karimbol, hopefully though, I’ll never need it!
Vita hack: Davee releases a Vita Native exploit through Webkit (but there might be a catch) – A pretty cool little thing, shame I can’t do it :( my vita is on 3.30.
3DS hack: smealum confirms his exploit works on the New 3DS – 3ds news too this week! man, the other bloggers sure have been busy this week!

 

Reddit Time!


 

 

Here’s a brilliant production by the Corridor Digital team, gotta love their stuff!

And here is something truly magnificent, the following of Esports game League of Legends was on recently managed to fill a whole stadium, with 40,000 people in it. That’s a whole lotta crazy!

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Playstation TV: not ready for prime timehttp://wololo.net/2014/10/20/playstation-tv-not-ready-for-prime-time/ http://wololo.net/2014/10/20/playstation-tv-not-ready-for-prime-time/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:02:11 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22117 So, the Playstation TV was finally released a few days ago in the US. Sony put some huge emphasis on the features of the device, in particular the possibility to access the PS Vita catalog of game, the streaming library of Playstation Now games, and the remote play functionality that lets you play your PS4 in another room.

When the Playstation TV was released in Japan one year ago (it was then still named “Vita TV”), I reviewed the product and was majorly unsatisfied with it (my review here). The main issues of the Vita TV was that it failed as a “Vita”, and it failed as a “TV” box. Basically, both the gaming functionality and the media streaming features were sub par. I shared my fears that the Western Playstation TV might have the same issues that could be found on the Japanese vita TV, in an article entitled “Will the Playstation TV fix Vita TV’s mistakes?“. My concerns were around the small compatibility of Vita games with the Vita TV, and the lack of third party streaming applications support (youtube, Netflix, etc…)

Video, Media, Streaming

It turns out my concerns were accurate. At launch, the Playstation TV in the US does not support Netflix, Amazon Instant video, Hulu or even Youtube. Neither can you find mainstream audio streaming services such as spotify. In today’s world, where even the simplest $55 device supports pretty much every streaming service there is, it is not acceptable to enter the market with a set top box that has so few options.

It is not clear why the Playstation TV does not support these third party services. Was it rushed for launch? Are Sony running into contract issues with the companies creating these apps? (Netflix for example stated they have “no plan” tobring their service on the Playstation TV). Or is it a strange attempts on Sony’s side to push their own video on demand and music streaming (Music Unlimited) services?

The Playstation TV, as it is today, fails on the “TV” part, just like the vita TV did. For $100, it does not compete against even the simplest Android dongle, or the likes of Fire TV or Roku. It is more expensive and has overall less media features

But Sony had given warning signs of these flaws, by being extremely fuzzy about what services the PS TV would support at launch. After all, maybe that’s not what gamers are after, or that’s not the niche Sony is targeting. So let’s focus on the “playstation” part of the “Playstation TV” name. Sony is pushing their own gaming services on the PS TV pretty aggressively: Playstation Now, PS4 Remote play, access to the Vita games library, etc…

How well do those work on the PS TV?

Games

The PS TV lets gamers play a subset of Vita games, PSP games, as well as PS One classics. Unfortunately, that library is quite limited, with less than 150 Vita games supported, about 80 Playstation Mobile games, 260 PSP Games, 130 PS One clasics, and about 125 PSP minis. Yes, one might argue that it’s about 700 games total, probably more than I’ll ever have the time to play in my life, but unfortunately that’s not enough to avoid frustration on the gamers end. In general, you don’t care that the device supports 150 vita games, if your 3 or 4 favorite games are not on the compatibility list.

Let’s focus on Vita games for example. Wikipedia says there are 799 Vita games on the Vita today. This means 18% of Vita games are compatible with the PS TV. In other words, when you buy a Vita game, you have 4 chances out of 5 that it will not work on the PS TV. It is important here once again to emphasize that when the device was announced, Sony’s CEO stated that the Playstation TV would support “most” Vita games. I’ll let you the judge to determine if 18% support is what you would classify as “most” in your vocabulary. It is also important to note that when the Vita TV was introduced in Japan one year ago, that ratio was 17%. This means there was no specific effort, in the course of one year, to increase the compatibility of Vita games with the PS TV. In other words, if your favorite Vita game does not work on the PS TV at launch, there are good chances it will never work on it.

As I mentioned when the Vita TV was out, a much cleverer move would have been from Sony to give users a warning that the game might not run properly, but let them run it anyway. In many, many cases, most of the “incompatible” games can actually be played on the Vita TV for the most part, if you ignore the gimmicks that require the touch screen or back touch pad. Worth mentioning here again, it is not like Sony prevents you from buying incompatible games in the first place, they just give you a warning at purchase time that the game might not work. They were two combinations they could have gone with: let you buy the game and let you play it (with a warning that it might not work properly); or prevent you from buying the game entirely. Instead they made the worst possible choice, letting you buy the game but not play it

As a result, the Playstation TV does not have a Vita library that is big enough to satisfy users. As I stated when I reviewed the Japanese Vita TV, the experience is great for Vita games that accept to run, but the poor compatibility ratio prevents this from making it a killer feature, and will generally lead to frustration. PS One, PSP, PSM games are anecdotal at this point. Playing PSP games on a HDTV is not a great experience, as I have stated in my Vita TV review last year.

PS Now, Remote Play

Playstation Now and PS4 remote play remain the main selling factors of the PSTV today. Unfortunately these 2 services are a bit of hit and miss. PS now’s main problem today is the pricing, too expensive to be reallyattractive for most gamers. You can check Fate6’s experience with PS Now here.

As far as PS4 remote play is concerned, many people are reporting speed issues, and overall the experience doesn’t feel great, just ok.

Conclusion

Just like when it was called the Vita TV, the Playstation TV is a perfect example of a great concept that is totally ruined by Sony’s inability to deliver properly on any front: The Playstation TV is bad as a TV box and does not compete against the Fire TV or the Roku. The game library is too limited and frustrating for people who actually would want to play vita games. The “exclusive” features such as PS Now and PS4 remote play feel overpriced and experimental respectively.

Bottom line is, my opinion on the PS TV hasn’t changed since my review of the Japanese release last year. When I posted my review and gave the device a note of 4 out of 10 (which by the way means exactly what it is: “below average”), people called me out for being too harsh for the device. I am glad today, while reading reviews from mainstream gadget sites, that “professionals” are in agreement today with what I called out a year ago.

Conclusion 2: Homebrew capability

For those of us interested in homebrew, it is worth mentioning that the Playstation TV, on its default firmware 3.20, runs a variety of PSP exploits that lets you enjoy emulators and PSP isos, turning the PS TV into a very acceptable emulation/homebrew machine. Among other things running through these exploits are gems such as the Final Fantasy Type 0 unofficial English translation, A variety of emulators, and a bunch of cool homebrewsDetails here. For those who upgraded to the latest 3.30 firmware, there is also good hope at this point that a VHBL port will be made eventually.

Finally, the recent Webkit exploit was confirmed to be working on the PS TV, up to firmware 3.20 (not 3.30!)

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Final Fantasy Type 0, unofficial English patch running on the PS TV

 

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Wagic on Vita TV

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Vita Hack: proof of concept code updated, confirmed to be compatible with Playstation TV’s firmware 3.20http://wololo.net/2014/10/20/vita-hack-proof-of-concept-code-updated-confirmed-to-be-compatible-with-playstation-tvs-firmware-3-20/ http://wololo.net/2014/10/20/vita-hack-proof-of-concept-code-updated-confirmed-to-be-compatible-with-playstation-tvs-firmware-3-20/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:40:17 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=22189 Davee confirmed a few hours ago that the recently released webkit hack indeed works up to firmware 3.20 included, and not “only” up to firmware 3.18 as I initially thought.

It is likely the problem with firmware 3.20 so far was a minor glitch. Davee has updated his proof of concept code with what seem to be minimal changes to basically increase the range of “search” for the ROP gadgets, as it seems those were not found correctly on firmware 3.20.

The proof of concept code also has been improved to mention that “finding the gadgets” could take several minutes. Many people contacted me yesterday asking if the “found webkit” message was a good or a bad sign. It is a good sign, and you then just have to wait, potentially for a few minutes, until the “your Vita is vulnerable” message pops up.

 

Screenshot thanks to @HarryKnucklez

Screenshot thanks to @HarryKnucklez

 

Again, this will not work on Vita firmware 3.30. or any other device that gives you an error code. This includes devices that fail at the very basic initial steps, not recognizing the Uint32Array type.

You can confirm if your vita is vulnerable on the links below

Test Links

http://www.lolhax.org/vita.htm

http://wololo.net/v/webkit/vita.htm (mirror)

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