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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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RE: another pirate pushing his spin
By Taft12 on 1/4/2011 10:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
Take your lies and spin elsewhere.

OtherOS was an advertised feature of the PS3 - one that prompted many buyers to purchase the unit. It was the removal of this feature that led to the flurry of work to break the DRM. This is the end result.

Still wish you took that feature away, Sony?


RE: another pirate pushing his spin
By wempa on 1/4/2011 12:38:20 PM , Rating: 5
I never understood how Sony could get away with removing that feature. Because MS came out with the Xbox 360 a full year ahead of the PS3, Sony had to emphasize the PS3 system's extra power and features in order to compete. Two of the features they always bragged about from the very beginning were (1) true hardware backwards compatibility and (2) Linux support. Now, they are both gone. I don't have as much of a problem with them removing the backwards compatibility since it was done in subsequent system revisions. However, I have a REAL problem with them removing the Linux support because it was done through software. I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that it should be illegal for a company to make such a fundamental change to a device AFTER it has already been released.


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