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PS3 hacked again

Custom firmware puts compromised consoles on PSN, leak of LV0 decryption keys to thwart future security measures

Sony is facing new PlayStation 3 security headaches today, as Eurogamer reports that hackers have released custom firmware that allows for compromised consoles to go on the PlayStation Network, and LV0 decryption keys that will facilitate circumvention of future security updates.

PlayStation 3 security was largely undermined in early 2011 after hacking team Fail0verflow detailed a technique to get unauthorized code running on Sony's console. At the time, the group said they attacked the console's security as a response to Sony removing the OtherOS feature that allowed installation of the Linux operating system on the PS3. Eurogamer notes that Sony's 3.60 firmware actually managed to plug many of the security holes from that event, but piracy has persisted for those willing to run older firmware and not take their systems onto PSN.

However, the newly released custom firmware contains the current PSN passphrase security protocol. And even if Sony changes that with new firmware, the release of the LV0 decryption keys means that hackers should be able to easily lay bare future security measures in system updates.

According to Eurogamer, Chinese hacking group BlueDiskCFW had planned to sell the custom firmware circumventions, which prompted another group called The Three Tuskateers to release the LV0 keys. They also released a statement claiming to have discovered the keys some time ago, adding, "only the fear of our work being used by others to make money out of it has forced us to release this now."

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Isaiah Taylor Writer/Photographer 8 years ago
Well, I wonder what will happen next.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 8 years ago
Well, I wonder what will happen next.
Denial and a firmware update. And threats.
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Henry Toliver Network Analyst I, Windstream8 years ago
Things just keep looking worse for the Sony camp.
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam8 years ago
To be fair, if the PS3's security is like the Titanic, the Xbox 360 is like sailing in a sieve. Search for the last console game I worked on on Google or YouTube, and more than half the results that come up are links to pirated copies of the Xbox 360 version of the game freely available for download via Bit Torrent and various pirate sites.
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And in the meantime, has anyone managed to hack the 3DS? If not, that bodes well for the WiiU as well...

Poor old Sony - if nothing else this means they may sell more hardware ... but less software.
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Alex V EIC, NGN8 years ago
@John Bye
exactly right
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
Life lessons to abide by:
1.) never ask Elizabeth Taylor for relationship advice(I suppose it helps that she's no longer around to give it)
2.) never bet against Nintendo handhelds
3.) never ask Sony for console security advice

Follow those lessons and you'll be well on your way to a masters in no time...or at the very least have a few fun facts to break out at parties.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 8 years ago
PSN access was already available on custom firmwares, before the 4.21 CFW was out. Also this still only works for consoles which already had the possibility of custom firmware, so any newer slim or superslim are out of luck (unless you have a hardwareflasher, but that's expensive and not for the average jo who wants the CFW for pirating games)..
And with that, for people who already were able to use CFW, there was already the DEX 4.21 which has been out for some time already. Also most newer games where already playable on CFW 3.55 with a patched eboot..

Sony's security has been pretty solid for what they could do with the old system (mind you, they had to keep in mind that older consoles still had to work), Sony learns lessons from each revision of their consoles, and with the PS-vita they upped the security again with the lessons they learned from the PS3, and with the PS4 they'll up it again with the lessons learned from the PS-vita and PS3..
Security on a console is something that's almost impossible to get hack-free.. and that's where the future of online-streamed gaming is the solution, as there is no possibility of individuals owning the games anymore as they are specificially written for the 'cloud'-hardware they run on, no more pirated copies possible.. Yes services like onlive and gaikai are still not for everyone, but within 10 years it will be, just see how far mobile gaming and 24/7 online has come..
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
Any software can be hacked. Security measures for any system has to be continuosly monitored. I still wonder if these game companies want to have everything on a cloud and everything digital. they will have to provide round the clock security for it. I can imagine one day i wake up and everything I purchased from PSN or Apple store was gone and erased. That would suck. But i think the future holds alot of possibility for this the more companies try to control what you buy and how you use it. No point in buying something that isnt really yours. The logical thinking is to pirate it. If your gonna pay for it it should be yours, instead its somewhere else and others dictate how you use it. Which really sucks.
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