PS3 Private Keys Discovered (Homebrew/Piracy) ***Update..Master Keys Found for PS3 and PSP


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Yesterday the group behind the Homebrew Channels on the Wii announced live with a slide presentation at 27c3, that they have discovered the private keys for the PS3.

What does this mean? Custom firmware? Piracy? Homebrew?

There is a large potential for good and bad with this. Obviously the bad starts with piracy. We all know it will happen but thats not the worst of it. With these keys you can also expect to see online multiplayer cheaters with aim bots and more, trophy hackers and possibly even viruses.

The good that comes out of this will be emulators, linux, mkv support and things of this nature.

In short, these keys allow software to be designed directly for the PS3 just as any dev would do it. No custom firmware will be required to run this software, no jailbreaking and no hacking. Simply install the firmware and the PS3 will treat it as signed software from Sony itself.

The steps taken against Sony and the PS3 (the group is making it personal by saying Sony is a failure on multiple levels) have indeed put the system and software at risk. It is now the most open platform on the market today. Sony is very limited as to its responses as a firmware update will not correct this. The only things they can do is on the manufacturing level with new PS3′s that hit the shelves and they can whitelist all existing PS3 software but neither of these options are fullproof, both are expensive and time consuming. Its even possible that Sony will not be able to detect this on their end.

Only time will tell how this affects the PS brand.

Read about this on NeoGaf

Video Presentation 1
Video Presentation 2
Video Presentation 3

Hacker’s Website

UPDATE: Several hackers have confirmed that the Master Key for the PSP and PS3 has been found. Geohot even went as far as posting the keys online for everyone. These keys give hackers complete and total control over both systems on the same level as any developer and it is impossible for Sony to block.

UPDATE 2: AACS keys unlocked also….this is blu-ray movie encryption.


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by premiersoupir on December 30th, 2010 [ 17020 Points ]

    Huge news, indeed! Well, if you ever dreamed of writing code for the PS3, now you have the opportunity.

  2. #2 by L/L on December 30th, 2010 [ 4782 Points ]

    Sounds like they might have to throw in the towel and accept the fact that nothing is foolproof.

  3. #3 by Luke on December 30th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    Watch them release another quick firmware update to disable those keys ;-)

  4. #4 by Eddie on December 30th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    You can’t Luke. That is impossible. It would take a hardware correction at the manufacturing level to change those keys.

  5. #5 by sengoku on December 30th, 2010

    hopefully sony will be able to detect consoles using files singed that are not officially singed by sony and disable there consoles for online use..
    at least keeping psn hack free should be a priority and something they could possibly achieve….

  6. #6 by Luke on December 30th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    Oh those are the keys from IBM right? That goes into the chip.

  7. #7 by L/L on December 30th, 2010 [ 4782 Points ]

    The master keys were found. All the locks need to be changed to correct this. I’m kinda glad college will be alienating me from my ps3. I might avoid a virus from some extremist microsoft fanboy or maybe even Microsoft. Woah. Crazy thought just sounded not so crazy o_O

  8. #8 by Emrah on December 30th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    http://twitter.com/fail0verflow/status/20208556741492736

    I’ve been saying that OtherOS removal would piss more hackers than Sony can manage.

  9. #9 by Oly on December 30th, 2010 [ 132235 Points ]

    Luke:

    Oh those are the keys from IBM right? That goes into the chip.  

    ^

    Um, I have the same question.. what exactly are these codes? Do the Devs not have them already?? How did it take this long for someone to release them? Sure someone in the up n up woulda been fired or pissed at sony and gave them out before now? I’m confused lol

  10. #10 by Ace on December 30th, 2010 [ 23465 Points ]

    Sony should’ve just left OS and keep everyone happy, now…they’re all mad

  11. #11 by Tosh on December 30th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    Ace: Sony should’ve just left OS and keep everyone happy, now…they’re all mad  

    I still miss the Other OS option. I liked to tinker with Linux.

  12. #12 by LOKO117 on December 30th, 2010 [ 2940 Points ]

    I’m not sure how to feel about this just yet. I just hope my experience isn’t ruined by a virus or rampant cheating.

  13. #13 by SicSemperTyranis on December 30th, 2010 [ 6405 Points ]

    I think that even if Sony had left the other OS option in they would have still tried to crack the PS3. The fact that it’s taken this long is sort of a miracle if you ask me.
    Not only will this bring good to the PS3 (emulators, linux…) but piracy and just wait until the cheaters start ******* with our online games.
    Should be interesting to see what Sony does.

  14. #14 by Kane112 on December 30th, 2010 [ 34187 Points ]

    i would say the ps3 would have eventually been hack but that taking away the OtherOS made the hackers step up their game.

  15. #15 by Tosh on December 30th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    I hope Sony at least finds a way to ban people who uses hacked PS3′s to play online or access the PSN.

  16. #16 by Eddie on December 30th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    these keys are sort of access codes. Software starts up on the PS3 and the PS3 basically asks “whats the secret password?” and the program gives the code and the PS3 allows the program full access.

    With the PSP, we still don’t know the keys, so a custom firmware was created to bypass the stock OS which would ask for those keys. It allows for almost as much access..but not completely.

    With the PS3 keys given, you don’t need custom firmware, jailbreak dongles or anything like that, you simply create the software for the PS3 OS with the private keys. Simply load the software on your PS3, install it and it will work just like any software Sony made theirself.

  17. #17 by DJ Paul on December 30th, 2010

    Online cheaters? :(
    No
    Please wake me up from this nightmare

  18. #18 by Luke on December 30th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    It really doesn’t seem like it was as hard to hack the ps3 as everyone thought. I mean sure for us that don’t hack it seemed hard because we don’t know programming or where we would even start but it seems like these guys started at point a and then worked their way to point z. As they broke 1 layer down they gained access to the other layer and so on and so forth. Seems like a bunch of backwards engineering.

    Maybe people weren’t really putting enough work into this until the otherOS was removed, seems like everyone really started hammering away at it then.

  19. #19 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on December 30th, 2010 [ 2160 Points ]

    everything can be hacked finally ps3 had a big one

  20. #20 by Jeff on December 30th, 2010

    Are the ps3 servers down or is it a problem with our router? Anyone please!

  21. #21 by Oly on December 30th, 2010 [ 132235 Points ]

    I agree it seems that this could have been done long ago.. especially if all devs had the codes..

  22. #22 by Paranoimia on December 31st, 2010

    “I still miss the Other OS option. I liked to tinker with Linux.”

    So why not do it on your PC? I have Linux installed on the 120GB drive I removed from my PS3 when I upgraded to a 320GB. The drive is in an enclosure that can be connected to my PC via USB, and the PC simply boots into Linux and everything runs from that drive. Doesn’t affect my Windows install at all.

    All this crying about OtherOS removal (not by you, but by the hackers) is a complete smokescreen – an excuse for their activities, and nothing more.

    I really don’t get this need for emulators, which everyone seems to tout as a ‘legitimate’ reason for hacking. There are already many that run perfectly well on PC, with no hacks required. Again, it just seems like an excuse to try and justify the hacking.

    I also find it amusing that people see emulators as a legitimate use for these actions. The times I’ve read “I’ve no interest in piracy, I just want emulators!” What a joke! The software run on emulators is more often than not pirated anyway.

    My C64 glasses are as rose-tinted as ever, but I don’t see any point in playing them on my PS3, nor do I have any desire to do so.

  23. #23 by premiersoupir on December 31st, 2010 [ 17020 Points ]

    Luke:Maybe people weren’t really putting enough work into this until the otherOS was removed, seems like everyone really started hammering away at it then.  

    You all have short memories! OtherOS was only removed nine months ago (3.21 was late March 2010) and it was removed because of GeoHot, who (having famously been involved in the first iPhone jailbreak) turned his attention to the PS3 and made some little progress via OtherOS exploits. Sony panicked and then killed OtherOS — a useless step since hackers simply didn’t update their boxes. Everyone in that scene seems to have pretty much hated GeoHot, but he pointed the way and emboldened the hacking community (which has been around since day 1; though they had hitherto been rather useless).

  24. #24 by sengoku on December 31st, 2010

    Yeah well, cudos to sony for keeping them out as long as they did.
    but it’s over now, look’s like only hardware revision might keep new consoles form getting hacked..

    on a side not this might force sony to ramp up development of ps4 so there might be something good coming out of this for us all..

    as for other-os sure it was a nice feature,
    but i don’t believe hackers were mad at sony for removing it and only started hacking ps3 because of it.

    hackers are what they are, and they will hack anything that’s not full 100% open..

  25. #25 by Tosh on December 31st, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    Paranoimia: So why not do it on your PC? I have Linux installed on the 120GB drive I removed from my PS3 when I upgraded to a 320GB. The drive is in an enclosure that can be connected to my PC via USB, and the PC simply boots into Linux and everything runs from that drive. Doesn’t affect my Windows install at all.

    That’s a great idea. I’ll have to try that out. I have the 60GB Hard Drive from the original PS3 I could use. Actually it still has Ubuntu on it, I just swapped it out when I wanted to tinker with Linux. So now it’s of no use to me. Which distro of Linux do you use?

  26. #26 by Eddie on December 31st, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    yea I see nothing but bad coming out of all this.

    PS4 coming earlier is NOT a good thing as I’m still invested in the PS3. Not only that, I want Sony to have time to rectify all of the things that they missed on the PS3.

    Sony has been ahead of the game up to this point. Lets hope they had a contingency plan just for this.

  27. #27 by Oly on January 1st, 2011 [ 132235 Points ]

    I AM GeoHot!

  28. #28 by Eddie on January 1st, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Oly: I AM GeoHot!  

    well too bad you don’t get credit for this hack :P

  29. #29 by shadowcrazy on January 1st, 2011 [ 325 Points ]

    Luke: It really doesn’t seem like it was as hard to hack the ps3 as everyone thought. I mean sure for us that don’t hack it seemed hard because we don’t know programming or where we would even start but it seems like these guys started at point a and then worked their way to point z. As they broke 1 layer down they gained access to the other layer and so on and so forth. Seems like a bunch of backwards engineering.Maybe people weren’t really putting enough work into this until the otherOS was removed, seems like everyone really started hammering away at it then.  

    pretty much they stated themselves that if it wasn’t for otherOS being removed they wouldn’t have bothered…and they updated their chart of how long it took to hack the PS3 and it was apparently 12 months IIRC…but don’t quote me on the numbers…

    to be honest there are tons of possibilities for bad…but I know i won’t waste my time with pirating…and I see no point in stupid cheating online…since it’s made obvious and you get no GLORY out of it since people call you out constantly.

    in the end…I’m happy to see this…homebrew possibilities is awesome…and looking foward for someone to making a cave story port for PS3 ;)

  30. #30 by ales on January 2nd, 2011

    Sony should have been more concerned with selling good quality things instead of controlling people’s behaviour. There’s a delicate balance between those and they overstepped it.

  31. #31 by Eddie on January 2nd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    ales: Sony should have been more concerned with selling good quality things instead of controlling people’s behaviour. There’s a delicate balance between those and they overstepped it.  

    Sony does have a quality product…..

  32. #32 by Eddie on January 2nd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Master keys for the PS3 and PSP have both been found and released. Both systems are completely open now.

  33. #33 by Oly on January 2nd, 2011 [ 132235 Points ]

    So does this allowed people to play burned games without a mod??

  34. #34 by Eddie on January 3rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Oly:

    So does this allowed people to play burned games without a mod??  

    ^

    This allows people to do whatever they want. Including online cheats, trophy hacks, blu-ray rips, making a mock psn store with free games. The hacks, homebrew and piracy are unlimited now and NOTHING Sony can do to stop it.

    The bigger problem is this will most likely mean no PS3 BC support on the PS4 because it can be used to find the master keys.

    In more recent news…they found the AACS (blu-ray) master keys and decrypted firmware 3.50 now…so yea, its endless. Sony is screwed big time.

  35. #35 by Tosh on January 3rd, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Eddie: This allows people to do whatever they want. Including online cheats, trophy hacks, blu-ray rips, making a mock psn store with free games. The hacks, homebrew and piracy are unlimited now and NOTHING Sony can do to stop it.

    The bigger problem is this will most likely mean no PS3 BC support on the PS4 because it can be used to find the master keys.

    In more recent news…they found the AACS (blu-ray) master keys and decrypted firmware 3.50 now…so yea, its endless. Sony is screwed big time.  

    :( What a bad way to start out 2011

  36. #36 by derrickgott007 on January 3rd, 2011 [ 871 Points ]

    This really worries me. It was piracy and custom firmware that killed the PSP.

    I was reading up on this rooting of the ps3 and a hacker claims to have unlocked ps2 BC on a slim ps3. Says it runs perfect. Videos will be out soon. Kinda sad that Sony has buried ps2 BC in the root of the ps3 all along and just disabled it on new systems. Not cool Sony.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Sony, but they really need to change some of their thinking for PS4. They’ve really made some not so smart decisions with the ps3. The fact they’ve taken away more system features as time went on has driven a wedge between them and their customer base.

  37. #37 by Eddie on January 3rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    derrickgott007:

    I was reading up on this rooting of the ps3 and a hacker claims to have unlocked ps2 BC on a slim ps3. Says it runs perfect. .  

    ^

    It can’t be unlocked…..the hardware does not exist. Which means it 100% has to be emulated and not through the cell because it does not have the bandwidth to support it.

  38. #38 by derrickgott007 on January 3rd, 2011 [ 871 Points ]

    The 80gb ps3 didn’t have any of the hardware in it. It was 100% emulated and it worked.

    The software is ALREADY there on the ps3. They just locked it. Now it’s unlockable.

  39. #39 by Eddie on January 3rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    No it wasn’t 100% emulted. Only the EE chipset was missing, not the GS chipset. The 80 gig had 1/2 of the hardware needed to be fully BC without any emulation at all.

    The slims don’t have either chipset at all.

  40. #40 by premiersoupir on January 3rd, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Eddie: No it wasn’t 100% emulted.Only the EE chipset was missing, not the GS chipset.The 80 gig had 1/2 of the hardware needed to be fully BC without any emulation at all.The slims don’t have either chipset at all.  

    I am curious about this. GeoHot claimed ten months ago that the chipset stuff is a lie, and that Sony had just flipped a software switch to disable ps2 emulation. Does anyone have any good (non-Sony, non-GeoHot) resources that verify the true situation?

  41. #41 by Eddie on January 3rd, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    premiersoupir:

    I am curious about this. GeoHot claimed ten months ago that the chipset stuff is a lie, and that Sony had just flipped a software switch to disable ps2 emulation. Does anyone have any good (non-Sony, non-GeoHot) resources that verify the true situation?  

    ^

    No real evidence I myself can supply but images of motherboards.

    60 gig with very visablle EE+GS
    http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/2006/1111/ps3_32.jpg

    40 gig with no BC whatsoever
    http://static.flickr.com/2027/1802652525_aa0c26b42a.jpg

    80 gig with GS + eDram
    http://static.flickr.com/171/463096553_5d0d336b3f.jpg

    I’m guessing you can’t really lie about visible hardware.

  42. #42 by premiersoupir on January 3rd, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Eddie:
    No real evidence I myself can supply but images of motherboards.

    Huh, cool — and you’re right: That’s mighty convincing! Thanks for sharing these, Eddie!


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