PS Vita: content Manager and security concerns


We are constantly looking for guest bloggers at If you like to write, and have a strong interest in the console hacking scene, contact me either with a comment here, or in a PM on /talk!

121 Responses

  1. feno says:

    Hey Wololo I have a big questoin for you should I update the firmware or not because I want ps1 but I want homebrew

  2. isnizal says:

    nice post wololo and your wife too..great

  3. Scarekrow says:

    I don’t normally post or comment on any site but I do see a valid point on here.

    I took the liberty to actually read through the “rootkit” link (i.e. Sony BMG copy protection rootkit scandal’ on Wikipedia.

    There are a few direct quotes that are quite unnerving for me, such as, Steve Heckler’s “”The industry will take whatever steps it needs to protect itself and protect its revenue streams… It will not lose that revenue stream, no matter what… Sony is going to take aggressive steps to stop this. We will develop technology that transcends the individual user. We will firewall Napster at source – we will block it at your cable company. We will block it at your phone company. We will block it at your ISP. We will firewall it at your PC… These strategies are being aggressively pursued because there is simply too much at stake.”

    I do realize that SONY has a right to protect it’s interests and assets as a company by protecting it’s media and hardware from misuse. However, it seems to be very focused on money.

    My question is this, however rhetorical it may be, at what point do you think that it is enough?

    It is one thing to make a game, CD, console or any other device for use and use it in a legitimate fashion. It is another thing to purposefully break the law and write a code that is malicious and potentially threatening. I am not here to judge on what is good or bad. What I am saying though is:

    I bought my PS Vita, my phone, my PC. It is mine. I own it. I do have the right to manipulate it although I may void any warranty. It is not SONY’s right to place restrictions on my for what I do with my own stuff. The law, the public voice, and SONY has a right to say something only in the event that I have used my device illegitimately. Whether it be for pirating games or movies or, even as far as to say, using it to find and molest children or stealing someone’s identity.

    My Android phone connects perfectly to my computer without having to be online. Google has pretty tight security features on OPEN SOURCE code. Sony can do the same.

    I remember some years back when Dark_AleX disappeared from the scene for a minute. Rumors floated about that SONY paid him to stop working on the PSP and then March33 shortly came out to continute the PSP CFW legacy.

    If any of you are familiar with the recording industry you will not only find that SONY’s gaming and console industry has problems but Tommy Mattola and his abuse to Mariah Carey. (cited in NY Post as well as his book “Hitmaker”:

    “If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”

    SONY is just an aggressive company. It bothers me that a company of this magnitude can get away with so much. They obviously have the money, the lawyers and apparently the brutality to enforce such maliciousness.

    EVEN IF I was a game pirater online and I downloaded a game or two for my own selfish reasons, it doesnt compare that SONY HAS VIOLATED EVERY ONE OF IT’S CONSUMERS whether they are a pirater, a fanboy or just your average Joe who likes to tinker with new gadgets.

    You wont change SONY. You wont change the Fanboy’s. The only thing YOU can do is to stop buying their products. It wont kill them but it will keep them off your hard drive and keep your life a bit more private and you can get some rest without having to worry. Problem is, so many of us rely on technology. TECHNOLOGY means you have no privacy anymore. They know where you are, when you’re there, who your texting, what you said and what you look like.

    Its the mark of the beast cause its in everyone’s hand. If you dont have some device in your hand… you, my friend, can not live in this society. Go start growing your own korn and potatoes and just wait for these people to blow themselves up. lol

    • Scarekrow says:

      EDIT: Google has tight security features but it totally lack in privacy concerning its AdWords marketing campaigns. They know more about you than you do and you essentially agree to to. It’s actually a kind of extortion with plausible deniability. Youre forced into it voluntarily. Think of Eisenhower and his Military-Industrial Complex but it’s Military-Tech Complex now. Brute scripts and alogorithms that make you identifiable and easy to reach.

      Interesting article on Google a much bigger player in stripping the world of its privacy:

  4. ChaosedLolo says:

    Well, If I had owned a game company, I’m pretty sure I’d want extreme security measures. After all, I don’t want my PSN used in explicit or illegal activities, I understand the point on, Too many measures to defeat the purpose of a gaming console, but let’s face the facts. Pirate’s will always mess up the hardships that people like Wololo is trying to accomplish. Piracy is always something people are trying to prevent happening on game consoles, but it happens anyways.

    For example,

    Xbox 360, FLashing your DVD drive to play Burnt Backups on current and past games.

    PSP, ISO Loaders, Also used to play Backups.

    Wii, Hack and Cheat in games, rendering Online Play unfair.

    And Lets talk about Emulators.
    Emulators itself are legal, but come on, what is the sole purpose to use Emulators for? Isn’t that piracy, the same thing that is illegal?

    I’m just saying Emulators can virtually be ported to mostly any console that you can play on, let alone running backups. PS Vita is another example, you can run emulators on it, so isn’t that piracy?

    You just can’t win with pirates!

    • ChaosedLolo says:

      I’m also glad we have people like Wololo, GBOT, Smoke, Coldbird, Total_n00b, Dark_Alex and others who have contributed to the PSP and PS Vita scene.

      Shoot, I’d love to run my Vita as an FTP Server just like my PSP,

      Or, Juice and Push the limits of the RAM on my Vita.

      Also, maybe use my Vita as a Guitar Tuner. (Because I love playing in Double Drop C tuning) Kid you not, I used to use my PSP as a guitar tuner many of times to harmonize notes for the correct tunings using PSPFiler V6.0.

      Sorry (lol) going off-topic. My point is, As part of the Homebrew community, Top programmers will always be shunned for it. No point on arguing it (as much as the non-pirate developers try to justify themselves and their good works) , but just continue the good work and Live and Learn like a Community.

  5. Thanks for sharing this information
    Situs Poker Online

  1. January 6, 2012

    […] game ROMs you (legally) owned would probably play better on the original PSP anyway. Second, Wololo makes it clear that this demo is meant to be seen more as a “ray of hopeâ€� than any […]

  2. March 30, 2012

    […] your vita is sending to the network when you are connected, or simply if you are worried of what type of information is sent to Sony’s servers.How to useInstallation and usage are fairly simple. Just install Vita pr0xy and run it. At the […]

  3. March 14, 2013

    […] all, the only ones who are 100% convinced Sony is not spying on their users’ Vita error logs are Sony themselves. A hacker’s log could easily be scrutinized by Sony, to find out which games caused a crash of […]

  4. January 12, 2017

    […] one of the people who most prominently complained against Sony’s mechanism to copy files to and from the PS Vita (The Content Manager Assistant), I am super excited to see […]

  5. July 11, 2017

    […] and let the console communicate back with the Nintendo servers. We’ve already suspected similar activity from Sony early in the PS Vita […]