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PS3 root keys were first worked out by a group of German hackers

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. (SCEI) has been thus far relatively successful at preventing pesky hackers from gaining full access to its PS3, opening the door to piracy, homebrews, and heavy modding.  Those happy days for SCEI may soon be at an end, though.

A team of German hackers called fail0verflow (Twitter, the group is currently building a webpage) developed a hack to calculate the super-secret security keys that the PS3 uses to determine if an application is legitimate or not.  The "epic PS3 security bypass" opens the door to just about everything ambitious console hackers ever dreamed of, software-wise.

As the hack makes use [video] of a smartphone, like an iPhone or Android phone, iPhone expert hacker Geohot (real name George Hotz) became involved and has officially released a polished version of the exploit.

He writes:

props to fail0verflow for the asymmetric half
no donate link, just use this info wisely
i do not condone piracy

if you want your next console to be secure, get in touch with me. any of you 3.
it'd be fun to be on the other side.

...and this is a real self, hello world
although it's not NPDRM, so it won't run off the hard drive
shouts to the guys who did PSL1GHT
without you, I couldn't release this

The Xbox 360's DRM protections were cracked some time ago.  Microsoft has worked to ban modded consoles from online play, though, so don't be surprise if SCEI resorts to similar measures.

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By Darkefire on 1/3/2011 8:46:44 PM , Rating: 5
If Penny Arcade is to be believed (and they usually are) the driving force behind the PS3 finally being cracked was Sony's removal of the OtherOS feature. Who knew the loss of Linux would ultimately spur the homebrew hackers to finally crack a system that's over four years old? Maybe Sony will be the first to finally learn that people don't crack because they want free games, they crack because they want full control over their hardware; even providing the illusion of such freedom with a concession like a neutered Linux install is enough to pacify the bigshots of the community.

RE: Irony
By chick0n on 1/3/2011 10:58:33 PM , Rating: 1
they didn't really "hack" anything, the Master key leaked out. from SCEI themselves.

Its a stupid part on Sony, very stupid indeed.

RE: Irony
By indignation on 1/3/2011 11:29:13 PM , Rating: 5
Nope, the key was solved from algebra. Sony failed to use random numbers in their signed hashes so 2 of such hashes were enough to solve for the 2 unknowns.

RE: Irony
By Shadowmaster625 on 1/4/2011 8:26:56 AM , Rating: 2
Didnt the military have a bunch of bricked PS3s?

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