New Security Fixes in v3.60 Firmware

As you know, the new firmware for the PS3, v3.60, released very early this morning, with the biggest feature being the game save cloud for PlayStation Plus members, but, apparently, that wasn’t the only big change in the firmware.

The hacking community is abuzz now with word that there has been some major security fixes in the update; namely the “metldr” key, the key that made the hacking possible in the first place, (as well as a few other loaders) has been bypassed, and thus, Sony’s console is secure once more, at least, theoretically. How long before this gets hacked, now?

Veering slightly away from the topic at hand, another feature that has been included in the update, according to engadget, is the ability to have your controller shut off at specific intervals of inactivity. I think that could be useful and possibly help save battery life for some people, but it’s definitely not a huge feature.


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief

  1. #1 by Beastxjason on March 10th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    I say 3 years before they hack it. I dont think anybody internally will leak anything with all the law suits “Well played Sony, well played”

  2. #2 by pedro on March 10th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    So… about that controller thing… I couldn’t do it.

    It said you could choose but there are only 3 choices (10, 20 and 30 minutes) and I’m pretty sure it was there before…

  3. #3 by Tosh on March 10th, 2011 [ 1127 Points ]

    I think it was there before Pedro, just more time options now.

  4. #4 by Squirtbot on March 10th, 2011 [ 115 Points ]

    I like the controller timeout options, since I fall asleep every night with Netflix on!

  5. #5 by premiersoupir on March 10th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Beastxjason: I say 3 years before they hack it.

    It would amaze me if this weren’t circumvented in a matter of days. Not that I really know anything about the subject, but it sure seems like Sony is the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke just now.

  6. #6 by dave on March 10th, 2011

    you could turn the controller on the last update, you always had that option to turn off the controller.

  7. #7 by Suplex57 on March 10th, 2011

    that controller option has always been there…..i had my ps3 for over a year or 2 and i been using that option for a loong time…thats just something they wanted to add in so no one wont try to notice the security update

  8. #8 by dave on March 10th, 2011

    well if thats the case, Iam glad for sony trying to keep these hakers away and sony has every right to sneak security updates, and its nothing you can do about it, but I will say it again if you dont do any bad things on it then you have nothing to worry about, cause I dont like it when people want to mess up a good pice of hardware, and mess it and punish everyone else cause of 1 or 2 or 3 people that wants to @#$% it up.

  9. #9 by Nick on March 11th, 2011

    hacker-ish person here, but admittedly one who doesn’t even own a PS3 and is just reading out of curiousity (360 hacking is more fun…). But if what I’ve read so far is all correct, this security update probably isn’t going to last too long.

    Assuming that the metldr key is the root key for Sony’s encryption, then their entire system is built ontop of it. There is no way to change this root key without disabling all current functions, basically, all PS3s with that key will always be vulnerable.

    It may be that Sony managed to add some fairly complex abstraction layers between the root key and the encryption, but at the end of the day it’s just a firmware update. Firmware can be cracked relatively easy, I’d be surprised if the PS3 scene isn’t already hard at work doing just that. I give it a week, maybe two.

  10. #10 by UbeRamza on March 12th, 2011 [ 915 Points ]


    that controller option has always been there…..i had my ps3 for over a year or 2 and i been using that option for a loong time…thats just something they wanted to add in so no one wont try to notice the security update  


    Yes, the auto off feature for the controller has always been there. The only difference now is that you can set the time limit now instead of it only shutting off at one preset time.

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