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218w ago - 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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#41 - ilikeitindabutt - 218w ago
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Works nice, had no problems creating and installing nice job guys.

#40 - zeromx - 218w ago
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Here is a PS3 Custom Firmware I made using the recently released PlayStation 3 Modified Firmware Builder known as PS3MFW Builder v0.1.

I call it 3.55 PS3 CFW ZEROMX and the features are detailed below.

Download: PS3 CFW ZEROMX links removed at the request of zeromx.

3.55 PS3UPDAT.PUP
MD5 Checksum: 00D13A414DB3FFB0FD734A979892BAC6
SHA-1 Checksum: 530B359CB38D15C6C836AB9AA5A7FE00E329BAEC

3.55 PS3 CFW ZEROMX Features:

  • Added new icons to the XMB Game category
  • Patch LV1 hypervisor
  • Patch LV2 kernel
  • Patch package installer
  • Patch application launcher

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#39 - Merlena - 218w ago
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Thank you mkdir command ftw; make junctions and so on. +1

#38 - Preceptor - 218w ago
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There is no need to create a .ps3 folder, since the keys in the windows version goes inside the ps3keys folder, as you stated below.

#37 - zeromx - 218w ago
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Windows 7 (x64) Tutorial -

- Open CMD (Command Prompt) and run "mkdir .ps3" and this should create a folder called ".ps3" in your USERS folder. Has to be done via CMD cannot be done through explorer. (example; C:\Users\JohnSmith\.ps3)

- Create a folder called "ps3keys" in your USERS folder and download ps3keys.rar attachment from this post and extract all the files into that folder (example; C:\Users\JohnSmith\ps3keys)

- Now download PS3MFW_0.1-win.rar from this post attachment and run PS3MFW Builder.exe and thats it. you should be ready to go!

#36 - 863dj - 218w ago
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what does this do that CFW doesnt already? does this mean i can finally get linux back on my ps3?

#35 - barrybarryk - 218w ago
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well not likely since they've "missed" it for every update so far. More than likely it's an infrastructure issue on the PSN side. No one knows for sure why the DNS trick always works for a few days after an update but I guarantee it wasn't a mistake.

I wouldn't imagine this hole will stay open for more than a few days either.

#34 - Xalies - 218w ago
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Well they did miss it 3.55 so it did take them awhile.

#33 - KrisFluke - 218w ago
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People, don't you think Sony would be smarter than to just look at a value on a screen to see what firmware you're using? That's why you have to use the certificate hack to get on PSN.

#32 - Jomomma76 - 218w ago
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Installed flawlessly on launch model Phat console! After installing the version for windows, the ps3keys folder will be in C: Documents and Settings: Owner folder, it will be right beside the ps3MFW folder. I added the header and copied the keys from the free ps3keys folder into the root of the ps3keys folder mentioned earlier.

After it makes the PUP file, I updated back to OFW 3.55 in recovery, then MFW in recovery. Easy as that! I also installed mednafen for 3.55 and it installed fine. Props to the developers behind this, seems like this will be the way to go!

Haven't checked to see if the Blu Ray player works, I have a Blu Ray player for that, but I will check. Wondering if we could leave the lv. 2 peek and poke disabled and just run the lv. 2 patch when we want lv 2? That should still give the peeps the option to still watch blu rays...

 











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