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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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#18 - atlask2 - December 7, 2010 // 4:31 am
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Cool ! Thanks to X3 and E3 team, who was born and make money with 5$ key & opensource code to don't share their find, and will release a pre-death new bin-hex for their clone. For all X3/E3 customers of this weekend, have a lot of fun now ^^

Ps3 was made by $ony, not by a group of little arrogant dev. They know all we"ll find tomorrow...

They disable ssl so you can bypass the update, just this week

#17 - BwE - December 7, 2010 // 4:21 am
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so we can get it in and out of service mode? that's good right?

the 3.41 modified just doesn't load or something?

#16 - condorstrike - December 7, 2010 // 4:09 am
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yeap Dolphin... the good thing is they can't really block the exploit, so give it time...

i wonder if using the usb id from as Sony device and spoofing it would allow the JBgrade...?

#15 - FMAranda - December 7, 2010 // 3:53 am
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Oh Lord, this is so not good, but i'll keep my jailbreak anyway, one of the things that makes me stay is the emulators, i'm waiting for the nullDC and Dolphin. I'll update only when the free method gets released.

#14 - spark32 - December 7, 2010 // 3:40 am
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yeah hopefully. hopefully a free downgrade comes out soon, or I'll just update to 3.55. I still have 1 on 3.41

#13 - condorstrike - December 7, 2010 // 3:36 am
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yeah, i read lvl2diag.self works back to retail but only after the 2nd install on the sd card... glad i bought a E3Card, should be getting in the next 3 days...

but won't try anything until then just in case... wait it out.

wow: beat me to it... lol

#12 - PS4 News - December 7, 2010 // 3:25 am
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Well, if the E3 reader service mode (downgrade) works then it may be possible to JailBreak it as well... I am sure we'll know in the next few hours as people grab and experiment with v3.55 a little.

Update: More details, seems bad news after all:
Looks like they’ve patched it… You’re still able to put the PS3 in Factory/Service mode; however, step 5 (referring to the tutorial here) and onward is a no go. The system continues to boot into Factory/Service mode, even with the modified 3.41 PUP and the first Lv2diag.self file loaded alone on a USB drive. Fortunately the second Lv2diag.self works and returns the PS3 to retail mode. Perhaps we can overcome this with a little h
dowgrade is patched

#11 - semitope - December 7, 2010 // 3:21 am
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
I'm not sure about that... from IRC:

Does that mean the jailbreak works on 3.55?

#10 - PS4 News - December 7, 2010 // 3:20 am
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Quote Originally Posted by spark32 View Post
I'm sure it blocks everything nice.

I'm not sure about that... from IRC:

in 3.55 with E3 reader service mode workkkk
and we can back to retail mode with Lv2diag.self

#9 - spark32 - December 7, 2010 // 3:09 am
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Update is live. Its downloading fast!!! WHOOO 3.55!

I'm updating my Phat PS3 because its already at 3.50 anyways. I'm sure it blocks everything nice.

edit: I cancelled the update and just signed in with LG5 Tool. LOL after every new update it works again for some reason.