PS4 News: Fire30 releases WebKit exploit for PS4 FW 6.00-6.72 giving some hope to future developments
The new year has just begun in the vast majority of the world and to start 2020, we have some good news for PlayStation 4 owners. In this article, we’ll be looking at the release of a WebKit exploit by Fire30 for the console which supports FW 6.00-6.72.
PS4 News: Fire30 releases WebKit exploit for PlayStation 4 FW 6.00 to 6.72
Compared to most other hacking scenes, the PlayStation 4 scene doesn’t see nearly as much love partly due to the scarcity of hacking solutions for newer firmwares and the low amount of interest in developing homebrew for it even though we got a RetroArch port for it a few days ago. However, from time to time, something on the ‘hacking new firmwares’-front comes up and this time, we have a WebKit exploit by Fire30.
What does a WebKit exploit mean?
While the release of a WebKit is exploit, it’s important to keep in mind the following:
- WebKit exploits don’t equate to anything tangible like a full/partial hacking solution to the end-user
- However, they are useful to developers as entry points in the initial steps of an exploit chain
- A kernel exploit is required in order to get the things currently available on FW 5.05/7 or lower
- It’s important to note that FW 6.00-6.20 have had a public WebKit exploit, by SpecterDev, since March and not much came out of that when it comes to end-user functionality
As a result, it’s important to keep in mind that this exploit will not suffice for a full hacking solution but it does give some hope for future PlayStation 4 hacking developments as some interest is still there.
The usual words of advice stay relevant here – Stay on the lowest firmware possible on your PlayStation 4 as that’s how you’ll get the best chance of a hacking solution/jailbreak! For more information about recent PS4 hacking developments, you may be interested in seeing Oct0xor‘s talk about code execution on the Blu-Ray drive.
Source code for Fire30’s Exploit (you may host it locally): https://github.com/Fire30/bad_hoist