[PS Vita] A 3.12 PSP Kernel exploit in the wild?
The PS Vita hacking scene today is limited to exploits within its integrated PSP emulator. Nevertheless, these exploits are in general fairly popular (to a point where the release of Total_Noob’s eCFW in 2012 made the exploited game UNO a best seller on Sony’s PSN), and people are eagerly waiting for them. The last Vita Kernel exploit within the PSP emulator was released last year by Total_Noob for firmware 3.01. Sony have released several revisions of their firmware since then (and a new one is incoming), patching the exploit in the process.
Today, people who update to the latest Vita firmware 3.12 do not have a possibility to run homebrews (with one exception for the people who have a Japanese PSN account and are lucky to own a game that was pulled from the Sony store a while ago), and there is no information so far about any upcoming Custom Firmware release. This makes any information about a potential Kernel exploit a very big deal.
A video was revealed recently on Katsu’s youtube account, showcasing Total_Noob’s TN-V8 running on PS Vita firmware 3.12. (For those who don’t know him, Katsu has shown in the past several Hardware mods on the PS Vita, although none of them has ever been released).
After the video started being discussed on our forums, Katsu stated that the exploit is private, was not found by him, and is not scheduled to be released any time soon. The youtube video showcasing the Kernel exploit was then taken down (flagged as private), so you’ll have to take our word for it.
Because a scene without drama wouldn’t be a scene, Acid_Snake has strongly hinted that the Kernel exploit might be a leak from one of the 6 (6!) Kernel exploits found by his own team. Also, Acid_Snake, you’re going to have to explain what popsmode exploits are. You’ve either said too much or not enough 🙂