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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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Hmm
By chiadog on 1/4/2011 4:08:15 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
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.


Isn't that a bit arrogant? Even if he went to the other side, there will be other hackers to take up the vacancy.




RE: Hmm
By Taft12 on 1/4/2011 10:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, there will always be others to take the place of great hackers, but geohot's arrogance is earned here. There has never been a piece of consumer hardware locked down with as many layers of DRM as the PS3.

This is one of the finest hacking achievements the world has ever seen (full credit to fail0ver, however -- geohot was standing on the shoulders of giants)


RE: Hmm
By bill4 on 1/4/2011 10:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
Umm no LOL. The Xbox 360 was (and is) much more secure than the PS3.

Hackers never attempted to hack the PS3 until recently (which they claimed was because of other OS). Once they tried, the Ps3 security was a joke. Literally, Sony's keys were found because a random number generator in Sony's encryption code always returned the same number. That is truly epic fail.

360 still to this day hasn't been blown open anywhere near to the level Ps3 has just in the last few days. The DVD firmware of the 360 was cracked early on allowing for pirated games, but that's a separate issue.

360 was actually hacked, after extreme difficulty, to run code, those are called JTAG'ed consoles and are rare (it's only a few old consoles now), but it was extraordinarily difficult and Microsoft quickly and easily closed the hole through blowing an efuse.

Thats one of the issues with this Ps3 hack, it's so deep, they have near total control of the PS3. Nothing like that exists on 360. For example, one might expect rampant cheating on PSN to possibly occur with this hack in the future, which obviously would be a huge problem.


RE: Hmm
By kalak on 1/7/2011 7:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
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