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February 11, 2011 // 8:31 pm - Today an anonymous user on PS3-Hacks has posted a guide on connecting to PSN on PS3 CFW 3.55 Kmeaw Custom Firmware with a video by tt94867 below, followed by a simpler tutorial from slifer1231 HERE and PSN Update Bypass v0.1.1, PSN Update Bypass v0.2.1 and PSN Update Bypass v0.2.2 by GamerX5500.

To quote: Personally I haven’t tried this yet, but it seems promising... This comes from an anonymous fellow who is reporting success on connecting to PSN using PS3 Custom Firmware 3.55 by Kmeaw. So install that first and then follow these steps.

The following assumes you’re technically inclined and/or very resourceful, i.e. you know how to use Google. You’ll likely need to reference Google when it comes to generating/signing a certificate and creating a CA (certification authority). That said lets get started; here we’re using a combination of two tactics:

1. DNS server trick: Set Primary DNS to under Network Settings
2. Simple SSL proxy that basically modifies the headers for outgoing packets to’s to change “PS3 03.55″ to “PS3 03.56″ — this makes PSN believe the PS3 is using the proper firmware version

Got it? Now here is how we accomplish tactic #2:

1. Replacing a SSL cert in the CFW (in /dev_flash/data/cert) with your own CA SSL certificate
2. Creating an SSL certificate for “” signed with your CA certificate
3. Run a DNS server on your machine that resolves to your PC’s internal IP
4. Create a Java SSL proxy (basically PS3 <-> PC <-> PSN). The PC claims (to the PS3) that it is “” and is successfully accepted because a CA signed the SSL certificate
5. Replace the headers sent PS3 -> PSN to specify “PS3 03.56″

ChrisTechTV (if it works) they’ll need you for this one man!

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

Update: Looks like it works... Here is video proof:

And no, this isn’t a video tutorial. Wait for that.

Connecting to PSN on 3.55 with only ONE machine (no VM) by eth0, who also released PS3DNS GUI for PS3 today:

You need Charles and my attached .zip file (PS3DNS v3.2) and then just follow this guide, it shouldn't take you any longer than 15 minutes :-).

1. Install the Charles certificate on your PS3

1. Make a copy of charles-proxy-ssl-proxying-certificate.crt (C:Program FilesCharlesdoc) and rename it to CA24.cer (Win7 users will have to enable "show file extensions")
2. Copy the included .pkg file (AsbestOS) AND the above CA24.cer to your USB drive
3. Install the pkg file on the PS3 as you would any other package and then run the AsbestOS Installer. The installer will take a while (5 mins+ for me) and it WILL fail, it's fine. (if it doesn't work for you use FreeFlash)
4. Open your favorite file manager and copy the CA24.cer to /dev_rwflash/data/cert (remember to make a backup of the original!)
5. Reboot your PS3.

2. Setting up Charles

1. Download and install Charles
2. Replace the included charles.config to your profiles app-data path. For Windows 7 it is C:UsersxxxxAppDataRoamingCharles and for Windows XP it will be C: Documents and SettingsUser(Local?) Application DataCharles or C:Program FilesCharles - if the file isn't in these paths then do a search for it.
3. Start Charles.

3. Setup your DNS/Update List

1. Open PS3DNS.exe included in the zip file, select your IP - I have developed this program my self, it's basically a DNS server and the source is attached if you wish to compile for your self.
2. Set the PS3's PRIMARY DNS server to your PC's IP address
3. Set the PS3's SECONDARY DNS server to your actual DNS server (e.g. router)
4. Copy the ps3-updatelist.txt to the root of your C: drive - my file is for UK you will have to change the Dest=87 to another number as defined here: AND the CDN= prefix, so duk01 becomes dus01 for US.

Target Name / ID / TLD

Reference Tool / 81 / ???
Debugging Station / 82 / ???
Japan / 83 / JP
United States / 84 / US
Europe / 85 / EU
Korea / 86 / KR
United Kingdom / 87 / UK
Mexico / 88 / MX
Australian/New Zealand / 89 / AU
South Asia / 8A / SA
Taiwan / 8B / TW
Russia / 8C / RU
China / 8D / CN

4. Reboot your PS3 and then login to PSN - enjoy!


My PS3 is still asking to update
Make sure you have put the ps3-updatelist.txt in C: and have edited as in step 3.4. Double check Charles and make sure it's serving your local file and not Sony's.

I'm getting DNS errors
Make sure PS3DNS has your PCs correct IP address and your PS3s secondary DNS is your router. Try setting your secondary DNS to (Google).

Charles is giving me Address Already in Use: JVM_Bind
Make sure you have no web server running on port 80/443, Skype also seems to be an issue so if its open, close it! Run a netstat -ano | findstr 80 to see what process ID is using these ports.

Notes: you do NOT need to set the proxy option on the PS3. you can close Charles after you have signed in you MUST keep open PS3DNS.exe my progam requires .NET 3.5

Finally, below is another simple guide from GamerX5500, to quote: Picture Tutorial:

1. Install "Charles" from to the default installation location (usually "C:\Program Files\Charles)

2. Enter your Country Code:

3. Press "Guide" and walk through the steps.

4. Press "Install Files" button.

5. Press "Validate Installation" button. If you receive an error, press the button again and go through the questions, making sure you have the correct region selected.

6. Now that you've performed all these steps, you may now adjust the settings on your PlayStation 3 System. Turn on your PlayStation 3 System and install the PKG files you have downloaded (asbestOS_v1.5.pkg, and lv2.pkg).

7. Run the "LV2 Patcher" application first.

8. Run asbestOS.

9. Wait until you see something similar to this, or when it asks you to press [X] to quit.

10. Run multiMAN.

11. While in multiMAN, press START+SELECT to get to this screen. Then, find "dev_rwflash" and press [X].

12. Press "data".

13. Press "cert".

Video: Connecting to PSN on PS3 CFW 3.55 Kmeaw

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#94 - tonyqc - February 14, 2011 // 1:17 am
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It's work perfect

tips: if they ask you to update or you have a dns error you need to restart everythings (vmware player, charles, Ubuntu in vmware and the ps3)

#93 - pjmiller435 - February 13, 2011 // 11:38 pm
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what ftp client you using for the matter of curiousity on my end?

#92 - JiNYx007 - February 13, 2011 // 10:16 pm
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It does but doesnt show in ftp atleast it didnt for me. use comgenie's or multiman and you'll see it in the app. i used comgenie

ftp didnt work for me. i copied it over to a flash drive then used comgenie to copy it over to dev_rwflash or something like that. you CANNOT copy straight into dev_flash afaik

#91 - WeedsmokerLOL - February 13, 2011 // 8:01 pm
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Is there any way to do this using only Windows?

#90 - anulu82 - February 13, 2011 // 6:01 pm
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yes, filename is with capital letters. but i don't know what should i do to be able to write the dev_flash/data/cert dir. started the OS, after that MultiMAN (for FTP) but it didn't allowed to (over)write the file.

#89 - daveshooter - February 13, 2011 // 3:34 pm
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Sorry Jes, I must of added to your stress yesterday, and you took me the wrong way, I do not, nor did not mean everyone. I am sorry that you or anyone took it the way you did, as I was not pointing fingers at any of the higher members, knowing you have been around a long time and you are using it for the right reasons, and not a new breed of script kiddy's that I was concerned about. Again sorry if I offended.

#88 - Zentsuken - February 13, 2011 // 3:18 pm
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That was also my reason, and it works fine once you do it. You can also close Charles + Whatever way you used to get DNSmasq running afterwards.

So don't worry about the 30 minute trial that Charles does. As soon as you get it running, you can sign on and download your DLC. That was actually my only real motive to getting this running, heck, I never even went online ever (after the JB came out) until now just for that.

#87 - Stevolab - February 13, 2011 // 3:15 pm
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i would like to be able to get legitimate dlc as well as use homebrew and backups that would be the only reason for myself wanting psn.

#86 - Zentsuken - February 13, 2011 // 3:13 pm
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Well if you get the "Software update" notice, then you probably missed a spot somewhere.

Also make sure that Charles is actually able to get a connection and that you can see traffic being passed onto it.

After replacing the cert, you did make sure it was renamed to 24CA.cer and not 24ca.crt right? I had to reboot my PS3 in order for it to start working, which was where I got stumped for a bit.

#85 - anulu82 - February 13, 2011 // 2:57 pm
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well, i have a problem. did everything as it was written, except one thing. i cannot write the dev_flash/data/cert folder. after i have installed AsbestOS there was a rw folder where i can overwrite the cert file.

after i have tried to sign in to PSN it warned me that there is a software update. i've pressed Yes, and got the info that i'm running the latest and dropped me back to XMB. any ideas, what did i wrong?

really thanks for any help!

ps: dns and proxy on PC configured