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January 13, 2011 // 12:40 am - There have been quite a few articles about possible things that Sony could end up doing to try and stop PS3 homebrew, and here are all the potential solutions I have noticed thus far.

PS3's will start sending a recently played list to check for homebrew titles / flagged names:

Pretty obvious solution here. Just start naming the homebrews after currently existing titles, Or titles of bad games. Such as we can take the game name / BLUS for the game FLOCK (worst game ever that nobody will play) and install a master manager under that name.

So while it looks like everyone is playing FLOCK, We will actually be using a multimanager for FTP's, Backups, and Emulators.

Sony disabling update by USB in the next patch:

There are a few options we can take if we end up accidentally getting hit with this.

For people who update and can no longer install from usb:

Either the firmware will need a pre-installed pkg manager with firmware update options, Or they will have to do a dnas redirect to their computer to check for an update.

For people who have not updated to the new firmware that disables it:

Download the firmware and simply patch the firmware to alter the USB access as well so it does not get disabled to begin with!

Sub-level secondary key-signing program:

Well. in this sense, We would be absolutely screwed. If we were to install the firmware, Even with a pkg signer, We wouldn't be able to do a thing.

We would simply have to hope that someone would notice it uses a secondary keysign, find it in the firmware, and remove it before it becomes a problem.

How to truly help everyone there is for future firmwares:

We need a program with a GUI for firmware patching, Yeah I know one is out already, But it needs more OPTIONS! Options people!!!

We need a windows / linux firmware patcher with a GUI featuring the following options in the form of checkboxes.

  • Level 1 patching
  • Level 2 patching
  • Level 3 patching
  • Install PKG File option
  • Update from USB option
  • Playstation store links in VIDEO tab
  • Playstation store links in GAME tab
  • Check for firmware update on network connection establish

I am certain a gui windows / linux auto-patcher for all current firmwares would be WONDERFUL and would probably make the world a happier place.

Hell, I don't know of a single person who wouldn't want these options for an autopatcher.

Oh, And someone hurry up and figure out the npdrm so we can get an autopatcher for EBOOT's that works.

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#27 - Smandrake - January 13, 2011 // 12:26 pm
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What a genius PSN servers ARE Sony servers...

#26 - Neo Cyrus - January 13, 2011 // 12:04 pm
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Very nice. Please make it so it does NOT send any logs/recent playlists/info to Sony as the official firmware does.

Speaking of which, where are these logs located so we can just delete them if we wish?

#25 - cfwprophet - January 13, 2011 // 11:59 am
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Team creatings custom firmware are on the way to do

Now that we can decrypt everytghing its on the cfw creators to do what the sceene need and want.I hope that good guys will still support us as every time and also release patches and hacked drivers to embend into cfw.

I know release is way over but we still working on embending newesd things.To time im embending permanent jailbreak to 3.41 (owen patch, not just copy files of geohot 3.55 to acid ) and devil is making good progress on icons and also helped me a lot of coding a acid cfw script that patch all needed and hacked files douring cfw genereting.

More to come soon...

#24 - Neo Cyrus - January 13, 2011 // 11:58 am
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Regarding the "recently played" list:

1 - When it logs the serial/folder name of the homebrew does it also log the serial of the game it launches (if it's a backup manager)? IF so (and I must stress IF) there might be an issue with that. When the backup manager copies games it puts a dash in the folder name/serial, such as BLUS-30576 instead of BLUS30576.

Meanwhile games online to download typically don't have the dash. If only one is correct that means Sony would be able to detect it. Furthermore when the original disc is backed up it doesn't always put the dash in the same place, for one game it put the dash after the 3rd instead of 4th. Also some games have two serials, the official one known and what the disc actually uses, so if someone downloads a game it may have the wrong serial making it obvious. I'm quite certain what the backup manager detects from the disc would be the correct form.

So yeah... if the game ran through the backup manager is also recorded that would make things more complicated. Unless...

2 - How about just creating a custom firmware that doesn't send the log to Sony? No need to deal with all the BS of point #1.

3 - Isn't this spying Sony is doing illegal? I'm certain it must be in several countries.

#23 - Dominator7 - January 13, 2011 // 11:33 am
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how do I name the homebrew (eg. mednafen) after a known title? just by remaning the folder in my hdd to BLESXXXX for example? do I have to edit the param.sfo?

#22 - UnXuthoriXeD - January 13, 2011 // 11:05 am
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Quote Originally Posted by SexyVampiire View Post
You probably saw the "Nickname" option on the japanese playstation network.

no that's not it. i found it here:

#21 - jevolution - January 13, 2011 // 11:03 am
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i really think that the easiest way to avoid the bans is to find the file (s) that contain the logs that are uploaded to sony and manipulate it accordingly. Im surprised that the exact files have not been pin pointed and made public knowledge yet, since i've seen various people talking about sniffing the network traffic etc.

i also think that if these files are located and can be edited, it would be most convenient and feasible for the boot managers to generate random logs using the list of game ids contained in them.

#20 - Farrukh09 - January 13, 2011 // 10:55 am
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Actually, It would download the firmware file onto the system first, then flash the rom. it cant be a live down streaming firmware update, failure has its name written all over that.

Trust me, rest of sony ps3 security is about to be blown wide open. Sony thought that going after the hackers would pause all jailbreaking progress but they were wrong. just like how they thought removing Other OS was a good idea. They just repeated there mistake.. Give it... a week, there is about to be a crap load of stuff coming out the hackers are pissed.

No ones intimidated by Sony's made up bs which never was to begin with. Good luck backing that up in court, Sony you really out did yourselves this time!

#19 - aXaXin - January 13, 2011 // 10:37 am
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Quote Originally Posted by bonetoke View Post
just an innocent stupid question, is it possible for Sony to 'remotely' ban your ps3 console and you don't even have an internet connection?! excuse my ignorance

No i think not, you'll always be connected to the internet through your home.

You just "in theory" won't be able to login in PSN.

edit: 19 min delay lol

#18 - PS4 News - January 13, 2011 // 10:35 am
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Quote Originally Posted by d3adliner View Post
Hmmm... large numbers of people suddenly playing the same game for no apparent reason would raise no flags?

While I agree it would probably raise some flags, I don't suspect Sony would end up blocking all "FLOCK" users (for example) as this would affect the legitimate/non-homebrew users too... maybe they would implement some type of hash/size check though, which would then be spoof'd- cat and mouse game.