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February 25, 2011 // 2:21 am - Shortly following Sony's raid on his house, Dukio have now confirmed while posting a legal notice that Sony is suing Alexander Egorenkov known in the PS3 scene as Graf Chokolo for 1 million Euros and he states that he still wants to continue hacking the PlayStation 3 console with reporting he has received over $28k in donations already!

To quote: I received a legal notice from SCEE lawyers requesting me to remove the coolstuff links that graf_chokolo has distributed on as well as the links at this blog. What i found interesting in the legal notice is that the lawyers are suing graf_chokolo for 1 million euros. That is quite a number, but graf_chokolo doesn't seem to care.

He still want to hack the PS3, where he said he cannot sleep knowing that he cannot touch the hypervisor of the PS3. Man, i never see someone like graf, he is an extraordinary genius hacker that Sony wasting it by making a lawsuit against him.

Back I don't have a PC at home now guys, so i will post here only when i'm able. I will try to answer all your questions about HV and installing Linux. But expect some delays because as i said i don't have access to the Internet all the time.

You know guys, you will say i'm totally crazy now, but i never slept better than in the last 2 days I don't know how to explain this feeling but i don't care about those threats with jail and high money penalties, btw, SONY wants about 750.000 euros from me if i don't cooperate They don't know me at all I don't care about it and they might double it

The higher is the sum the higher gets my motivation They don't understand what makes me tick. Money and even my life doesn't mean to me very much without knowledge. I have a scientific mind and the knowledge is food to my brain. Without HV, Linux and FreeBSD kernel hacking my life is meaningless.

I miss my HV terribly In the last 2 days i got so “hungry” for more knowledge that i cannot control it anymore. I need knowledge and research, it has a huge meaning in my life. Jail or even death cannot hold it back anymore.

The SONY's laywer asked me why i'm doing what i'm doing, because of my hatred for SONY ? He cannot understand why i'm doing it, because he is paid for what he does. I'm not. I don't hold a grudge against SONY even now Hatred clouds your mind, keeps you from more important things. I have a better use for my mind and knowledge

So, SONY you failed again, you took my equipment but my mind is still free and you canot control it. You failed again. They are just tools, i can get new ones and will continue my HV reversing and bringing back PS3 Linux which you took from us. If you want me to stop then you should just kill me because i cannot live without programming, HV and Linux kernel hacking You know who am i and where i live, so come and get me !!!

And to prove it, i will reopen right now my HV reverse engineering page And i will post my latest findings about Update Manager and BD drive here. Most of you know already that i was able to update CORE OS from Linux. And on the last weekend i tries to hel some PS3 devs with BD drive authentication and discovered some interesting stuff about it which i will post here.

And please guys, could someone post here a link to the latest version of my cloned Linux kernel. I need it. The last week i implemnted a updater for Linux and it was finished but the police got first before i could upload it. But do not fear, i have everything in my head I can write it down again and show you how it works.

So, about BD drive authentication The most importnat HV process is 6. It contains Update Manager and Storage Manager e.g. Update manager flashes e.g. new CORE OS, BD firmware or SYSCON firmware. Storage Manager sets ATA keys, authenticates HDD and BD drives.

Storage Manager

I looked at VSH closer in the last week. And found out that VSH uses the following Storage Manager services: 05004 – to authenticate PS3 discs, 05007 – to authenticate PS3 discs.

Bothe these services can be used by GameOS through VUART 10 and Dispatcher Manager (is also in a HV process), I already implemented a driver for VUART 10 and DM on Linux and uploaded it, so guys who has my latest Linux version could use it on Linux And get access to PS3 discs and PS2 discs but i didn't have time to test it.

Both these services accept one parameter: 32 bit integer. Look at the funtion stor_mgr_packetid_0x5004 in my IDA database for HV 3.15. Everything is still the same on 3.41 and 3.55, so my HV 3.15 bible is the key to HV 3.41 and 3.55. They changed almost nothing in new HV versions And look also at function stor_mgr_packetid_0x5007. I could write down a simple Linux program which uses my DM driver to communicate with Storage Manager and show you how it works It's very easy. I will upload it maybe next week.

To authenticate PS2 discs, VSH uses parameter 052 and service 05004. To authenticate PS3 discs, VSH uses parameter 053 and service 05007. But i didn't test it on my own unfortunately.

PS3′s BD support different profiles for different media, e.g. for PS3 discs, for DVD, for PS2 discs. And storage manager can tell BD drive which profile it should use.

All the communication between Storage Manager and BD drive goes through ATAPI/SCSI interface.

To read the current profile of BD drive, the Storage Manager uses the storage device command 011, look at storage_device_RBD_do_device_command in my HV 3.15 IDA database (lv1_storage_Send_device_command) and ATAPI_GetConfiguration. But HV procs do not use HV calls, they use HV syscall, and Storage Manager sends ATAPI commands to BD drive through device file /dev/rbd0. With lv1_storage_Send_device_command(011) you could read the current BD profile.

Also very interesting ATAPI commands used by Storage Manager are Report Key/Send Key commands. Look at functions HW_report_key and HW_send_key in my HV proc 6 IDA database. HW_report_key function is e.g. used by Storage Manager to read BD drive policy. Storage Manager checks the policy of BD drive.

Storage Manager uses sv_iso_spu_module.self isolated module to authenticate BD drive. sv_iso_spu_module.self gives Storage Manager data which is sent to BD drive and back.

And look closer at function HW_disc_auth_emu in HV process 6. It’s for BD emu stor_mgr_check_drive_policy in HV prcoess 6 checks BD drive policy.

Functions storage_mgr_set_ata_key/storage_mgr_delete_ata_key sets/deletes ATA keys. These functions are used in Storage Manager service 05002. This service is used by System Manager in HV process 9 during LPAR boot.

Update Manager

The name of this service explains already the purpouse of it. The GameOS updater communicates with this service and sends encrypted packages to it. The GameOS updater stores a pkg in memory and passes the LPAR memory address of the pkg to Update Manager. Look at function update_package. This functions can update/inspect and extract packages. UM services 06001(update), 06002(inspect) and 06005 (extract) use it. Inspect just checks if a pkg is valid, Update service installs it and Extract service extracts it and you can get it back extracted from UM.

I implemnted an updater for Linux which uses all these services and it worked like a charm I could extract and inspect packages. Allocate a huge page on Linux with mmap, lock it with mlock, store there a pkg and send LPAR address to one of this service through DM. I will upload soon my PS3 Linux updater and show you how we can update firmware without GameOS even noticing it

Updater Manager object in HV process 6 has a member variable which checked during package update, and if it contains a magic valu then you can install just any package version Look at function update_manager_is_valid_access in my IDa database for HV proc 6.

Sony Sues Graf Chokolo for 1 Million Euros, He's Still PS3 Hacking!

Sony Sues Graf Chokolo for 1 Million Euros, He's Still PS3 Hacking!

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#25 - gygabyte666 - February 25, 2011 // 12:38 pm
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I already started this awhile back... Just been waiting for others to follow. Let's hit em in the only place that matters... their wallets

Everyone just needs to go on a Sony-cashcow-freeze. Afterall, what is more important to people, getting their new game/DLC/etc or keeping their freedoms & liberties intact? We should seriously dedicate a day or better to not buying anything. We've always held the cards, people forget this I think.

Sure, Sony is loaded so it'll take awhile but it probably won't take as long as some think. Look at how poorly their PS3 sales did in the first place. We can easily drop a crater in that one!

#24 - IanJ - February 25, 2011 // 12:33 pm
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Can anyone point me to a list of $ony partners that they supply technology to? I want to make sure I never spend another $ to help them.

This is someone who some may have called a fanboy. I have spent $10's of thousands on their products over the years.

No more.

#23 - SaveU - February 25, 2011 // 12:08 pm
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Graf... wow. If what you stated in your post is true... power to you. I support your quest for knowlege and fight for freedoms.

However if you are just doing this for the community, please revisit your decisions. You are making some serious decisions that will have a HUGE impact on the rest of your life. You are at a crossroads that you will look back at in 10 years, and scrutinize your choice.

The question is... will you be happy with what you did now?

If yes, Power to you graf... you have great courage.

If no, then do what you must... the community will understand, as they don't have a million dollar bill hanging over their heads for it.

#22 - gygabyte666 - February 25, 2011 // 12:02 pm
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Wow! Mad props to graf_chokolo. It's so relieving to see someone else with such drive and passion for what they believe is right. This guy is my new hero.

I hope... no let me rephrase that. I know Sony will ultimately bite the big one over all this eventually. It's just a matter of time really. Next-gen, upcoming-gen whatever you wanna call it, I feel the manufacturers like Sony, Microsuck, etc will all need to switch their thinking to be able to survive. Open-source is where it's at now and I believe the future is more aimed towards indie game devs. If Sony doesn't get their head out of their butts and come to realize that people should be able to create their own content and add it to the system's store, then I firmly believe it's only a matter of time before they get the good 'ol dildo of justice shoved between their tightly clenched asscheeks. I look forward to that day.

Its either that or they are gonna have to move the hell outta the way for some new companies/individuals to come in who are willing to accept those terms. Everyone should be free to do what they please on these systems. Licenses and EULAs are nothing but artificial binds that the big companies use to hide their unethical/immoral treatment of their once loyal customers. They WILL be broken one day and we will all be free from their BS! I look forward to that day...very much.

Never forget Sony and all you big corps., that WE are the true decision makers. WE decide what happens in our world. If we don't like what you are doing, we will simply replace you. You should never forget who pays for you to have the "policing" job that you believe you own. We made you what you are, we CAN destroy you just the same... Never forget that. Companies were NOT created to own the people. The people will ALWAYS be the ones in charge.

#21 - Krachwas - February 25, 2011 // 11:46 am
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Hotter than Geohot great work from our country germany... proud of it


#20 - pjmiller435 - February 25, 2011 // 11:46 am
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Amen, totally agree with you there. I mean look at Xbox, it was modded and jtagged up but they still make billions and billions. Heck, they make almost a billion a year charging for xbox live. They just ban the consoles and thats the end of the story, its that simple. No need to waste all this time and money trying to get ppl who are only have good intentions.

I mean I would of thought they would have sued/bullied ppl who enabled piracy on the consoles, not geohot who just jailbroke and graf who only brought linux back which sony took away! it's ludacris! they need to hire these two and a few others then their consoles would be fully secured, just ludacris.

#19 - mcx997 - February 25, 2011 // 11:33 am
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I wish good luck to Graf_Chokolo. And I hope he will NOT lose !! We love you, bro !!!

#18 - condorstrike - February 25, 2011 // 11:08 am
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BTW guys if you read the whole story you'll see he was working on "Storage Manager" which he didn't finish cause of the raid, which he would use to authenticate HW keys from BD media, but as of now I think you can only Read, not write commands. Meaning that PS2 backups would be a possibility if his Linux Storage Manager tool could/can write to it through atapi commands and edit the .self, and if possible applied to a backup manager.

that is big news by itself... mad props. Graf Chokolo, tremendous HV work.

Edit: This is messed up, found this in a comment in his Linux kernel hacking page.

Sony says:
February 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm

#17 - Tepoo - February 25, 2011 // 11:04 am
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because of the fact that i live in germany too, i can imagine why he doesn't care.

the German Chaos Computer Club also never gets any punish if they hack a system or software. never saw that someone of the CCC got jailed or punished.. he won't get either i think.

but interesting that he looks onto the bd drive. i hope some day we dont need hdd backups, and can burn our games onto a blank bd disc.

#16 - ST0RM53 - February 25, 2011 // 10:59 am
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Someone once said: Money and property can be stolen or destroyed... but knowledge can't be taken from you.. it's yours forever... (or another one that knowledge is the best investment you can make) this applies 100% to Graf Chokolo... and i don't think that Graf Chokolo was stupid enough to leave any incrimination files... probably Sony will pay and put such files on his hard drives... in this world where everything is corrupted and driven by money, the TRUE FREEDOM has became illegal.

Now beliefs doesn't matter... I am personally Christian, because i was made to, and i haven't had the chance to choose for myself...but that is just a word written on the papers... If it was a free world we all have to be studying all beliefs first, and then choose if we want to believe in something.. now i only believe in myself.. or not even to myself... if all this people which are Christians believed truly then p2p would be legal... coz Christ said to share everything with other people..but now money rules the world... we live in a fake freedom, in a world of illusion. My 5c.