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[PS3] Game Over – PS Jailbreak Exploit Is Public Now

A community around french hacker Mathieulh has provided information and assumptions of the PS Jailbreak’s bowels. Find the original article here and a PDF copy here.

Picture is courtesy of PS3News.com

Sniffed Code and Processing

As of yesterday they say they successfully managed to clone PS Jailbreak and they will document the exploit on the PS3 Wiki soon.

Moreover PS3News.com released the sniffed USB stream of the PS Jailbreak device:

(..) Descrambler sniffed the USB traffic and shared the log.(..)

  • The PSJailbreak is inserted
  • It connects with the host (PS3) and sends 09 02 12 00 01 00 00 80 + all the bytes from the first packet starting at 0008 up to 00EFF.
  • The stack is overwritten and the PS3 jumps into code from the packet
  • The Atmega sends a “USB Disconnect command”
  • The last three steps are repeated four times
  • It connects with the host and sends 09 02 4D 0A 01 01 00 80 + the bytes from the second packet starting at 0008 up to 0A4C
  • The stack is overwritten and the PS3 jumps into code from the packet
  • The Atmega sends a “USB Disconnect command”
  • The last three steps are repeated twice.

Voilà… The PS3 is in “Debug Mode”.

Apparently the third and fourth byte of the after the 09 02 are the numbers of bytes to be sent. At least this goes for the second log (4D 0A->0A4D bytes)…

The first 8 bytes are from the usb protocol left [09 02 ... ]
The code will be pushed four times onto ps3 usb stack:
00000: 09 02 12 00 01 00 00 80 FA 09 04 00 00 00 FE 01
00010: 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 FA CE B0 03 AA BB CC DD
00020: 38 63 F0 00 38 A0 10 00 38 80 00 01 78 84 F8 06
00030: 64 84 00 70 38 A5 FF F8 7C C3 28 2A 7C C4 29 2A
00040: 28 25 00 00 40 82 FF F0 38 84 00 80 7C 89 03 A6
(..) this is a snipped only.

Find the whole sniffed hex code and asm readable code here and as 7zip downloadable archive here

Our Comments

Well, this game is over. It’s pretty sure, that the commercial hackers have lost and so do the chinese clone makers. Even before the devices have been made available to the masses.

We suppose this might not have happened if Sony wouldn’t have disabled the Other-OS/Linux feature a couple of months ago. At that point only GeoHot and XorLoser were attacking the PS3 with a rather mass-incompatible but techie approach, that includes badly glitching technics.

Now this new bootloader exploit is known to the community. In fact, it is only a matter of days until a free open source solution will be available on the internet.

[PS3] Sony Australia Vs. PS Jailbreak Suppliers

Sony Australia somehow managed to get court orders for a temporary injunction against australian based modchip sellers like OZModChips, ModSupplier and Quantronics. Until today (Aug 31st, 2010) none of the modchip sellers is allowed to sell any PS Jailbreak device they rather have to give up the whole stock that they get until today.

Well this doesn’t come unexpected as modchip sellers in Europe have had the same legal battles a couple of years ago.

We don’t believe Sony will win in the end. Their strategy can only be delaying the inevitable. As a matter of fact, the PS3 has eventually been broken, the PS Jailbreak device samples have already been fully reverse engineered by a couple of chinese manufacturers and also by other teams.

A free open source solution is most likely to be released sooner or later.

[PS3] Hacking the Hackers: PS Jailbreak Reverse Engineered

German Gamefreax claim to have reverse engineered a testing PSJailbreak device. They say this exploit is based on emulating of a USB hub which gets virtual devices attached and unattached at certain points during the boot process.

Among those emulated devices there is also one that uses the ID of Sony’s JIG module. Anyway Gamefreax claim this hack is based on a self developed exploit. Dumped files that might support this claim are not available at this moment…

Picture snippet of USB Stream is courtesy of Gamefreax.de

[PS3] PS Jailbreak and Clones To Be Released

Media have widely reported about the latest steps in hacking the Playstation 3 console. Obviously that tiny PS Jailbreak USB Dongle turns a consumer PS3 into a debug PS3, thus allowing to run games from the internal or from an attached USB harddrive. The price is said to be around 160US$. For legal reasons here in Germany we can’t like to PS Jailbreak supplyers.

Now PS3Hax.net reports that using PS Jailbreak on Sony’s Playstation Network is very likely to result in being banned:

According to SKFUand RichDevX, the Backup manager game ID (LAUN-12345) could be logged/recorded by Sony when logged into PSN (when online). This would obviously allow Sony to see who would be using the illegal PSjb/clone and we could very well see ban waves similar to the Xbox 360. Sony does currently ban PSN/consoles that results in the 8002A227 error code.

Redmondpie.com reports that latest rumors indicate that there are also chinese clones of the PS3 Jailbreak called X3Jailbreak on their way, priced at 40$.

It seems like the PS3 hacking as a business model is out of date even before it started. We suspect it it won’t take long until a free open source solution will be available on the net aswell…

[MultiPlatform] TrueCrypt 6.1 Released

The open source encryption program TrueCrypt 6.1 has been released. It now features:

  • Encrypt a non-system partion without losing existing data (Windows)
  • Support for security tokens and smart cards
  • TrueCrypt bootloader can be configured to not show texts
  • Encrypted Windows system partitions can now be mounted by Linux or MacOS X

» Download TrueCrypt 6.1 here