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February 13, 2011 // 9:27 pm - Just under two weeks ago PlayStation 3 hacker KaKaRoToKS first announced the PS3 Modified Firmware Project, and today PS3MFW Builder v0.1 is released.

Download: PS3MFW Builder v0.1 / PS3MFW Builder v0.1 (Windows) / PS3MFW Builder v0.1 (MAC OS X) / PS3Tools / PS3Keys

From the included ReadMe file, to quote: INTRODUCTION

For years, the security system of PS3 remained unbreached because Sony had a very good defense mechanism: Consumers could use it for more than just gaming by installing Linux via the "Other OS" feature.

Therefore there was little motivation for security researchers to investigate the PS3. However, then Sony (or SCE, SCEA, SCEE or whatever, we aren't exactly sure what is going on there anymore) made an unprecedented move:

Not only did they introduce a new PS3 model that no longer allowed the installation of an Other OS, but with a firmware "upgrade" they removed it from previously sold consoles.

While removing advertised features from a product (several years after its purchase!) is blatantly unlawful, having highly paid lawyers apparently allows you to get away with it- in a legal sense.

But when the law fails to protect the people, then some of those people, being clever and resourceful, help themselves. And that is what happened here. Sony sunk its own battleship.

PS3MFW is the next step in the process of returning to consumers control over their own hardware. Your PS3 belongs to you. You didn't lease it, and you signed no contract when you purchased it. It is your right to use it however you choose. It is your responsibility to do so within the legal boundaries.

PS3MFW allows you to tailor your PS3′s firmware to your specific needs, giving you a level of control you previously lacked. PS3MFW is open source. That means it is completely transparent, and anyone with the necessary programming knowledge can help to improve it and create new plugin tasks.

It is with great pleasure and joy that we are now able to present you with the first public release of PS3MFW Builder. A lot of hard work went into this during the past five weeks, by some incredibly dedicated and inspired people. We would like to thank everyone who contributed, the people who got this project underway, and those who did all the programming and testing.

PS3MFW Builder v0.1 has been successfully tested on all major PS3 hardware revisions, and in conjunction with OFW 3.10 - 3.55. It is NOT compatible with OFW 3.56.

Remember that this is only the very first release of PS3MFW Builder, version 0.1. With your support and feedback, we intend to create the definitive PS3 firmware solution that makes all other closed-source custom firmwares obsolete.

PS3MFW Builder is not distributed with any program code copyrighted by third parties.

PS.
KevinButler, you sunk your own battleship.

REQUIREMENTS

To use PS3MFW Builder, the following is needed:

-The latest version of the f0 tools

-Tcl/Tk 8.5 (http://www.tcl.tk/software/tcltk/8.5.tml)







PS3MFW Builder v0.1 - PS3 Modified Firmware Builder Arrives

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#71 - severusx - February 18, 2011 // 10:21 am
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Any updates on this? Confirmed?

#70 - Jes03 - February 16, 2011 // 9:26 pm
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I FOUND A BUG.

After installing a MFW I made with NOTHING removed, only the patches turned on when I go to SAVEGAMES I no longer have the USB devices there. I can still copy savegames to USB but I cant see the USB drives to copy savegames from.

#69 - hawk188 - February 16, 2011 // 8:44 pm
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Hi,

I have a question for devs. Since Cinavia was implemented into FW 3.0x and above , Is it possible to have a 3.55 MFW to maybe exclude or remove the cinavia implemetation? Please, my undestanding with FW is absolutely zero so yes, a total noob question...

Thanks

#68 - theone1982 - February 16, 2011 // 7:43 pm
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I am interested in this disable log output feature... :-)

#67 - hakz - February 16, 2011 // 7:31 am
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Can someone explain to me if they wanted to stop an influx of cfw from random users, as someone put it earlier in this thread, why did they release a tool that enables just that?

Or am I missing something here?

#66 - ukdan2k - February 15, 2011 // 8:55 pm
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just a suggestion if possible for a feature on the next firmware builder could an option be added to bypass blu-ray updates during the update process, for peeps with knackered blu-ray boards.

#65 - PS4 News - February 15, 2011 // 4:36 pm
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This is our designated Forum for them, but if enough users start making and sharing their own CFW/MFW builds then sure we can add a Sticky thread with them all.

#64 - severusx - February 15, 2011 // 4:26 pm
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How about we have a sub-forum/sticky where users can post MFW variants as long as they provide a list of the options they chose? We don't need to have 1000 different variants, but we could pick a few and just have them available to users who do not want to try to do it themselves. Sort of like the EBOOT mods sticky.

#63 - zeromx - February 15, 2011 // 3:24 pm
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Thanks boss!...

#62 - PS4 News - February 15, 2011 // 2:33 pm
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I have removed the "3.55 PS3 CFW ZEROMX" download links at zeromx's request.

When users post CFW/MFW's, whether made with PS3MFW Builder or other means, we generally do frontpage the news so keep that in mind when sharing things.