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Geohot, PS3, Can You Say Homebrew? |

Note: DISCLAIMER:, in no way, supports the use of exploitative devices such as this and this post is purely informational. We do not condone piracy of any kind!

As many of you know the PS3 just isn’t as secure as it used to be. First fail0verflow, a group of hackers revealed the initial exploit at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin this past December. This is the same group of hackers that hacked Nintendo’s Wii. It seems the main reason they started on the PS3 is because the OtherOS was removed, which like many other people pissed them off. With a lot of the work done, enter GeoHot the hacker that has become a real thorn in SONY’s side at this point. After watching the presentation GeoHot used a similar technique to extract the master key.

The PS3 was virtually uncrackable, the way it was designed “it would take billions of years to derive the private key from the public key, or to make a signature without knowing the private key, even when you have all the computational power in the world at your disposal”, said pytey one of the fail0verflow members. But because of a flaw, they were able to crack the system with a basic cryptographic error which allowed them to compute the private key, held by Sony. Talk about human error, you know that someone at SONY is getting a beat down and is working around the clock to figure something out to fix this.

In the past SONY was able to block the exploit that GeoHot found through the OtherOS feature Linux using a firmware update, but this is totally different. Unless SONY is willing to give customers new PS3’s once they fix this issue and the customers are willing to exchange, all these consoles will be able to run anything and everything.

Here is a video of GeoHot showcasing his own homebrew:

I find it ironic how these guys all keep saying that they are against piracy, they damn well know what this is going to lead too, and I have never met anyone stupid enough to just go out and say “Hey come get me, I am into piracy“. Why even say anything when asked about the dark side?

Source [BBC News]

  • Nice collection of PS3’s there Georgie. Legal or not this guy knows his shit!

  • Oly


  • Oly: 1st!!  

    You’re like those 12 year old over at the official ps3 blog!

  • haha and he wasnt even first

  • Oly

    LOL.. I just said First to make the point that you having the first comment on your own post, just proves who the bigger point whore is!!

  • That is usually what happens on the official ps3 blogs.

  • now now kids no fighting

  • The mistake was, as I read on digitalfoundry, they didn’t use a random number for signing eachtime, but they used the same numbers. That’s why it was so easy for them. And they do tell that removing the otherOS pissed the real hackers. Interest for hacking the PS3 increased when the Slim’s removed the OtherOS support, where geoHot began fiddling with the (fat) ps3. It skyrocketed after Sony removed the OtherOS completely from existing products, which to this date I think was the biggest mistake. People who were interested in hacks simply went on with their business with more incentives after that. (Fail0verflow supposedly began working on the latest hack after OtherOS was completely removed..)

  • Yes @Emrah, the 1 of the formulas they had setup used a random number but the random number was also the same number. So they found that number out, plugged it into the other formulas and bingo bango.

  • they also got the PSP master key as well as AACS (blu-ray).

    either way…as I stated before…besides piracy, online multiplayer hacks, trophy hacks, etc will come out of this.

  • This is really impressive !

  • Who’s with me to sue SONY to get our money back. If I am going to play with a bunch of cheaters and have my fun ruined I might as well quit.

  • Oly

    Eddie: they also got the PSP master key as well as AACS (blu-ray).either way…as I stated before…besides piracy, online multiplayer hacks, trophy hacks, etc will come out of this.  

    Eddie.. the code master! HeeeYA!

  • Eddie: either way…as I stated before…besides piracy, online multiplayer hacks, trophy hacks, etc will come out of this.  

    That will be a sad sad day when online hacks arrive 🙁

  • anonymoose

    in the end all I hope is that if I use this to run ONLY homebrew and nothing else like piracy or online cheats that I don’t get anything happening like a PSN ban or anything.

    cuz yes there ARE people with good intent when hacking their PS3…yes piracy does come with it…but not everyone does it….I don’t…no point to it….so hopefully SONY can B& the cheaters of online gaming…and leave me people who just homebrew alone

  • Ace

    Honestly Sony had this coming they thought their security was the shiz when in reality it’s crap. Now for my opinion on what’s going to happen. I think Sony is going to find a way to patch/fix it to a certain point, but they can’t fully stop hombrew. Let’s just hope piracy won’t be an issue because that’s what I think sony cares about the most right now.

  • The most important is preventing online hacks, including but not limited to trophy hacks, multiplayer cheats, and even viral activity from PS3’s that run “homebrew” trojans. Theoratically, and not even so far from fantasy, the user may install GT5 along with some Trojan that lets the PS3 to be used by hackers, and they may be employed, with the massive computing power, to do all sorts of things.

  • xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux

    SONY smh