PS4 Flash memory dumped by developer Criscros
If the PS4 follows the path of the PS3 and the Vita, we shouldn’t be expecting a “true” hack for it anytime soon. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent hackers, tinkerers, and hobbyists from digging into the internals of the device. Two days ago, Italian developer -Criscros- announced he was able to dump the contents of some of the internal Flash memory chipsets on the PS4.
Don’t do this at home kids! The process involved unsoldering the chips from the PS4 motherboard, a step that can go bad in so many ways if you’re not used to hardware modifications…
He was then able to read the content of those chips with a Teensy++ dev board, coupled to SPIway.
The screenshots are impressive, and not for the faint of heart especially if you just bought a PS4 with your very first salary.
Of course, the chances of this leading to any sort of hack are really slim. It is safe to assume most of the content on these chips is encrypted, except maybe the headers of some data structures (as can been on the screenshots, some of the data mentions Sony Computer Entertainment INC, in plain text). Nevertheless, that’s not preventing people from trying, it seems: Yesterday, Spanish developer JaiCrab had also released a piece of software (JAISPI) to read those chips with a raspberry Pi.
The developer only showcased some screenshots and pictures of the tortured hardware, but not an actual dump of the Flash memory.