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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Thumbs Up PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed thread!

    This is where we can discuss the cool news... and a Tutorial is now posted below as well! Props to both 'anonymous' and CJPC for their efforts on this! Here it is:


    PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed (Windows) Tutorial by Jurai.

    PS3 Firmware Version Check Bypassed (Windows) Tutorial by kswift510.

    This is very simple to do (under Linux), with Windows- hopefully someone can get the Ettercap port working properly (I can't!) We are assuming that your PC had your run of the mill development tools installed, if not, check with your distro.

    Note: No, you can not run this under PS3 Linux (unless of course, you have two PS3's). We are also assuming that you have a small network set up, with at least one PC, and the PS3 on it, connected into some type of modem.

    How It Works:

    The PS3 requests a page from $ony servers, that has the latest Firmware version, a download link, region info, etc..
    We are hijacking that DNS request, and redirecting the request to our Web server. The Web server has the same files as the $ony servers, modified however to report a 0.00 Firmware version.

    The PS3 then will check the file it received (the above mentioned file). It removes data (such as Firmware version), and checks it against its own. If the PS3 has a lower FW version than the $ony server, it needs to update. BUT, if the $ony server has a lower version number (or the same), it does not need to update.

    1) Open a terminal window.

    2) cd to an empty directory of your choice.

    3) Type: wget http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/ettercap/ettercap-NG-0.7.3.tar.gz

    4) Type: tar xf ettercap-NG-0.7.3.tar.gz

    5) Type: cd ettercap-NG-0.7.3

    6) Type: ./configure --enable-plugins

    7) A bunch of configuration checks and options should scroll by, once completed, at the bottom, should look like this:

    Debug mode ............. no
    Plugin support ......... yes
    Passive DNS ............ yes
    Perl regex in filters .. no
    Iconv UTF-8 support .... yes
    7a) If it fails at any time, due to a dependancy issue, install it (a simple yum/apt-get install XYZ usually does it).
    7b) If Plugin support is no, re-install libtool.

    8) Type: make

    10) Type: make install
    This copies all the files to where they need to be.

    Note: One could also use a text editor to edit the etter.dns file, or any method you choose!

    11) Type: cd /usr/local/share/ettercap/
    Note: If the cd command fails, try cd /usr/share/ettercap/

    12) Type: rm etter.dns

    12a) Type: wget http://www.PS3News.com/etter.dns

    13) Time to play! Turn your PS3 on, connect an ethernet cable, get it booted, network configured etc (to the Internet!)

    Note: if your ethernet adapter is not at eth0, change it to eth1, etc!

    14) Type: ettercap -T -Q -M arp -i eth0 // // -P dns_spoof

    Now leave it alone, it will output a lot of stuff, wait 30 seconds, and go to the PS3, try the store, etc!

    Output on PC should look like: dns_spoof: [fus01.ps3.update.playstation.net] spoofed to []

    The Web server is conviently hosted by us, and any updates are removed, Firmware version is spoofed at 0.00, so unless you’re running a pre 0.00 Firmware, (which you are not) it will work perfectly!

    Hopefully a Windows version will be along soon (although Linux works perfectly, the world somehow still uses Windows).

    For the future: When the big $ shuts it down w/ a Firmware upgrade (dont use DNS to resolve, go straight IP?), there is still hope! We may be able to spoof the entire store, and use PKG files (aka games/videos etc) on our own Web servers, and install them to the PS3 in a roundabout way.

    Also, there is a large potential (with the proper modifications to the PUP) for downgrading!


    'anonymous' & CJPC/PS3News.com

  2. #2
    flipside927 Guest
    no I don't think this has to do with paradox. btw good work guys.

  3. #3
    BlkR Guest

    Thumbs Up

    awesome work guys cant wait

  4. #4
    joshtruction Guest
    Can't wait. Does this work on any current firmware or what?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Yes, you can use it with any PS3 Firmware thus far.

  6. #6
    krwz Guest
    Nice ps3news! I've tried looking around at other boards and you guys truly are on top of the game. No news is out at least from the other sites i've seen. Can't wait to see the tutorial!

  7. #7
    Edmarts Guest
    "The video you have requested is not available." it says..

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Yep, we'd like to do both a Linux and Windows Tutorial... at the moment only the Linux way has been used by CJPC and 'anonymous' but it should also work via Windows too.

    As for the video... it will be back shortly, they do that when you upload a new video so try back is all.

  9. #9
    blkbelt Guest
    this is awesome, great work...another reason why PS3 is truly the best!!!!

  10. #10
    flipside927 Guest
    i'm guessing it has something to do with modifying the update files right?

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