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December 6, 2010 // 11:33 pm - Update: CodeTwink has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update version 3.55 blocked access to lv2 kernel "execute" access, however, if you can patch back in a method to lv1_write_htab_entry, you can re-enable this area.

Today Sony Network Operations Americas VP Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware update v3.55 has arrived and simply adds a security patch.

Download: PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 (US) / PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 (EU)

More details are posted below, and to quote: "A new PS3 system software update, v3.55, will be released soon. This is a minor update that adds a security patch."

As expected, the PS3 Firmware 3.55 update works with the E3 Card Reader so you are still able to put the PS3 in Factory/Service Mode, however, Sony has revoked lv2diag.self file_1 patching the ability to downgrade (via PSDowngrade or PSGrade) or JailBreak PlayStation 3 consoles on Firmware above version 3.50.

Currently it is possible for PS Downgrade / JailBreak users to exit the PS3 Factory/Service Mode and get back to a normal Retail PS3 console using the lv2diag.self file_2.

Finally, although not recommended for PS3 homebrew fans, PS3 Firmware 3.55 is a mandatory update for those seeking to use PSN.

While some have reported the various bypass methods are temporarily working, more promising solutions include PS3 hackers continuing work on decrypting PS3 Firmware 3.50 with version 3.55 next in their sights.

PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 Arrives, Adds Security Patch

PS3 Firmware Update v3.55 Arrives, Adds Security Patch

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#68 - hunterrr - December 7, 2010 // 7:34 pm
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This is just typical sony. Before we know it, we will be on 6.33 FW.

#67 - inginear - December 7, 2010 // 7:14 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Kellog View Post
As there is not much applications yet for Jailbreaked PS3s, I dont want to Jailbreak the slim yet (because that could make the unit flaggable by sony)

a jailbroken ps3 is only "flaggable" while it is in jailbreak mode and signed in to the ps network. as soon as you turn the jailbroken ps3 off, then turn it back on normally (not jailbroken) sony has no way to tell that it was in jailbreak mode 5 minutes ago.

if you don't sign in to the ps network with a jailbroken ps3 you will more than likely not have any issues at all.

#66 - semitope - December 7, 2010 // 7:10 pm
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against piracy why? I am a pirate and I know a lot of pirates, unfortunately these pirates still buy games and give sony money.

Including me =(

#65 - neutralobserver - December 7, 2010 // 6:27 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by flashpc View Post
Sony has got to realise not everyone is hacking the console to play illegal copies

I believe they do realise, I even think they dont care about homebrew and people reading txt files on their PS3, the number one reason they keep doing this is piracy. I know most people here are against it, but still we all know the end result is that vast majority jailbreak to play pirated games.

I have 2 ps3's on updated to 3.55 and other on 3.50. I wish homebrew was possible without piracy

#64 - flashpc - December 7, 2010 // 6:09 pm
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Lets hope by blocking one attack, Sony have left themselves open for a barrage of attacks, 3.55 downgrade, custom firmware, full jailbreaking of the latest firmware. But in all honesty this is only the beginning, the game of cat and mouse will continue for a long time, and I may consider updating one of my PS3s to the latest firmware to allow full access to the PSN, Sony has got to realise not everyone is hacking the console to play illegal copies, their games seem better on the PS3 compared to the Xbox360. Smoother gameplay, and clearer picture.

The only reason I have a jailbroken PS3 is for the third party software, yet due to system issues on some games (ACB, COD:BO) the jailbroken PS3 had to copy the games to the internal HDD, and then patch them to run.

Emulators are what I'm after, they take me back to my youth, and although the games' graphics are crude the gameplay was what counts, so I still enjoy playing them.

#63 - atlask2 - December 7, 2010 // 5:01 pm
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Bypass doesnt work for me... I've test anon, lg5, PsSystemUpdate

#62 - Mantagtj - December 7, 2010 // 4:36 pm
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I think this relevent on the $ony download page for 3.55...
Do not perform updates using any data other than the official update data provided by Sony Computer Entertainment over a network or on disc media, and do not perform updates by methods other than those described in the product documentation or in this site. If an update is performed using data from another source, by another method, or with a PS3 system that has been altered or modified in any way, the PS3 system may not operate properly and may not be able to install the official update data. Any of these actions may void the PS3 system warranty and affect your ability to obtain warranty services and repair services from Sony Computer Entertainment.

LOL Like I am bothered $$ony... Kiss my a$$.

#61 - Helmax - December 7, 2010 // 1:47 pm
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While you say crippling it, you understand what they are blocking is exactly what the PS3 was not made for. Full Customization and Hacking. So you cant really complain legitimately. They own the rights to the console and firmware and can modify it when and however they want to.

Also, I know youre probably just kidding around, but they would never release a patch over a rumor. I would think the people there would investigate further.

It's awesome that people communicate so freely on these boards, but I seriously think we need like a devs only section for people that have built up credibility, or those guys need private channels to talk in.

I think it sucks that we have people working so hard to decrypt 3.50 keys, and firmware, and get the jailbreak and downgrade working. Then we release this information weeks before its ready and how it works. All this does is give time for the fools that make money off these devices to develop something and sell it, and for $.on.y to develop a patch.

Now the problem I can foresee will be reaching 3.50, but now 3.55 is required for PSN Access.

Also, they must've been following our scene, if they only released 1 change, and have increase 5 build/version numbers.

#60 - ph4rcyd3 - December 7, 2010 // 1:46 pm
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PS3 Fat / 160GB at 1TB / Uncharted Bundle WDC 1TB Ecogreen 32MB EADS 3.5" internal through male to female cable.

Formatted the drive & made a fresh install with 3.50. Updated to 3.55 by downloading the full PUP to Pen Drive. No problems so far. I'm waiting for my JB stuff to arrive. I'll test them with the 3.55 and post the results.


PS: Did anybody test larger capacity drives, like 1.5TB or 2TB to see if they added support besides blocking the downgrade?

#59 - Jes03 - December 7, 2010 // 1:28 pm
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HAHAHA This is so funny. $ony release a full firmware update to block 1 patch.

How about we start rumors about a different so called hack every week so there is a new firmware every week with only 1 false "security patch". LOL

$ony are as retarded as crApple these days. Both release stupid un-needed firmware updates.

I think they should stop trying to block jailbreaks and just get on with making what they have GOOD! not crippling it further.