The current status of Vita hacking on firmwares 3.30 and 3.35
There’s lots of excitement going on around the native vita hack for owners of a Vita up to firmware 3.18 included. vitasploit, memtools_vita, etc…
But if you updated to one of the latest 3.3x firmwares (by choice or not), you’re probably feeling the hard cold wind of “we don’t care about you” from the scene right now.
Well, don’t get too desperate though. Hackers are always looking for new solutions, and just because many of them chose to stay on lower firmwares because that’s the best thing to do for investigation purposes, it does not mean they’re not thinking of upper firmwares. Ultimately, anything we learn about the Vita on firmware 3.18 and lower, will help the hacking community dig deeper into further firmwares.
With that being said, this could be a long time before anything happens on this front for the latest firmwares.
However, not all hope is lost. the ePSP scene is still hard at work to get good ol’ VHBL and TN-V up and running on the latest firmwares.
There’s of course the recent “Bubble exploit” from Qwikrazor, which I have tried, and I confirm it rocks. But I’m also afraid it could be reasonably simply patched by Sony. Nevertheless, it’s a very cool thing and I think Qwikrazor has plans to release it eventually.
Even without that, we have been given countless confirmations that “typical” game-triggered exploits still exist on the PSP emulator of the latest Vita firmware. People have also confirmed that despite the massive leak that happened in September, some kernel exploits and game exploits are still available, giving me some hope that a future TN-V or VHBL release is not out of the question.
Keep in mind that these things take time. Not so long ago, it was still believed that the typical entry vectors for VHBL and TN-V had been patched by Sony. Hackers have now found new entry points for those. One step back, one step forward… as always.
Bottom line is, the question is not “if”, but “when”. That is, of course, up to the devs of these exploits to make that decision.