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308w ago - Today adrian6184 sent word that Spanish PS3 Dev ifcaro released PS3 HDD Toolbox v0.94 over the weekend followed by v0.95, which is based on the recent work of knightsolidus and used to facilitate the encryption and decryption of the PS3 HDD.

Also available from ifcaro is PS3 Update Extractor v1.12, which is a revision of NDT's previous work used to extract recent PS3 updates files.

Download: PS3 HDD Toolbox v0.94 / PS3 HDD Toolbox v0.95 / PS3 Update Extractor v1.12

PS3 Update Extractor v1.12 generated files are:

• ExtractionLog.txt - Log removal of the PUP.
• PUPHeader.bin - It clipped the top of the PUP.
• ps3version.txt - Indicates the version of the update.
• license.xml - File with the conditions that must accept to install the update.
• isdebug.txt - Take "0000" if retail and "0100" if debug.
• ps3swu.self - The executable update.
• vsh.tar - is decompressed at the root of the FAT to upgrade. Previously data was now only a file named "a" of 0 bytes.
• puntos.txt - It is a text file with three points.
• Modules.tar - The file with data update.

Note: If you get an error running the app, install Microsoft .Net Framework v3.5 from here and then retry: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=333325FD-AE52-4E35-B531-508D977D32A6&displaylang=en

PS3 HDD Toolbox v0.94 and PS3 Update Extractor v1.12 out!

PS3 HDD Toolbox v0.94 and PS3 Update Extractor v1.12 out!

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#30 - helenas - 30w ago
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I am used to backing up my dvd's I didn't realize it was possible with games.

#29 - emem - 30w ago
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thanks

#28 - wepownzyou - 306w ago
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And you don't think the PS3 hasn't been hacked ? I think it maybe has been hacked, but its not public... Thats what i think... but who knows. Its not the time for an isoloader. Its too early. And if a hole is found to launch iso, it would be bad for the PS3. But Homebrew would be nice. Own XMB like on PSP...

And sharing Tools has 2 Faces... on one side, its good for people who are working alone on hacking the ps3... there are more people try than you know... but on the other side, Sony will know what way we want to go and they will change something... but who knows what.

#27 - dezza - 307w ago
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I know exactly what you mean PS3News ..

But still, if some hack is discovered in earlier firmwares, TRUST me, they will find (I think it already exists?) a way to downgrade firmwares, one way or another .. HDD-swap, Infectus, Folding@Home drop-in or whatever ..

By still having devs searching older firmwares we are not lost and people should stop the whining and let the devs do the talking.

And so far this tool and some USB logger, it's not like it's "rocket-science" ..

If you ask me the most interesting hack so far is the RSX hack with the extended Xorg driver and why doesn't it get attention? Because it's not an ISO loader ..

So forget ISO loaders, and stop whining about releasing tools which has nothing to do with the "security" on the PS3.

#26 - PS4 News - 308w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by dezza View Post
It's rather childish just to say: "Any tool that gets released here will be blocked by Sony" ..

Well, people have their own opinion on this... but many of the PS3 Devs who make and use these tools mainly prefer to keep them private as part of of a "better safe than sorry" idiom.

I don't want this thread to drift off the topic of people who are sincerely trying to learn and work with the tool, so I will put the kibosh on any more debate as to what should be public vs private and leave it up to those who devote their time in making the tools to decide.

#25 - dezza - 308w ago
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It's rather childish just to say: "Any tool that gets released here will be blocked by Sony" ..

Comon how paranoid are you? And don't we already have firmware bypass?

I don't get the idea !!!

#24 - RexVF5 - 308w ago
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A question for those having Infectus installed:

There was a tool able to recover part of the flash's filesystem - read about it here: http://www.ps4news.com/forums/playstation-3-dev-news/playstation-3-flow-rebuilder-3-50-ecc-gen-released-101229-3.html . The other part remained encrypted and was resisting attempts to break in. The question is: now when we have a way (and a tool to make it easier) to decrypt the HDD - has anyone tried to decrypt that encrypted flash partition as if it was part of the HDD? I know chances are slim the same encryption is used for both HDD and flash but what if ...???

#23 - ifcaro - 308w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post
To be honest - we are not totally sure, it does not have an english readme / guide like NDT's app does, but...

If I had to take a guess, the "key.bin" is definitely not any decryption key, its mostlikely the binary data that is used (the magic blocks), which is the pattern used for it processing said data.

It would be nice if ifcaro could answer the question, as he would have the answer.


I do not know speak English well enough to do a manual in English. If someone translated the manual into English, It will be in the next version.

"Magic blocks" are special blocks that are expected not to be found in a natural way in hdd.

key.bin is a file that has all the magic blocks encrypted, so that after the tool knows how to find its position on the hdd.

#22 - CJPC - 308w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by RexVF5 View Post
I see "magic blocks" and "key.bin" there. What are they? Has a method been found to decrypt parts of the HDD when it is outside PS3? I mean previously you had to copy a file into PS3, find its blocks and rewrite them with encrypted blocks from HDD (you'd do this with PC with PS3's HDD attached), then copy the file back from PS3 (it would get decrypted).


To be honest - we are not totally sure, it does not have an english readme / guide like NDT's app does, but...

If I had to take a guess, the "key.bin" is definitely not any decryption key, its mostlikely the binary data that is used (the magic blocks), which is the pattern used for it processing said data.

It would be nice if ifcaro could answer the question, as he would have the answer.

#21 - semitope - 308w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
That is what i mean!

I dono mean stop this hacking! But if some things would not be released to the whole commercial community, only available for a community of Dever's and they are not interested to spread things, than maybe we allready would have a other situation.

The prob is not that thinks would be discovered, the prob is that sony can read all this things we write and release to the commercial community and in a special case Hacker's and Dever's to this time ONLY support sony in getting holes patched and the most bad thing is,...that they do it for FREE


ps. The remote play hack to this time on FW 2.80 will be also gone


the remote play hack is something useful to more than just devs so i am going to assume u are advocating private hacks. Hacks that the devs will have and keep from the "commercial" community forever