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February 11, 2011 // 9:31 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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#64 - pig098 - February 12, 2011 // 8:57 pm
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here is the right link:

either way, this proves that you have been making crap up and has been spreading misinformation..

no need to advertise how much of a fool you are. you already proved it.

#63 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 8:38 pm
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...World of Warcraft Cheating Tutorial? WTF? How braindead are you?

Anyways, back on topic. Any of you guys got it to work with only 1 PC? I'm hearing a lot of stuff about it working with two. (Either way, going to try it out in a little bit once Ubuntu finishes downloading.)

#62 - pig098 - February 12, 2011 // 8:29 pm
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First of all, i am not talking about data transfer utility. and YES back up DOES transfer COPY PROTECTED files:
A few games have copy protected game save files. To backup these files you can’t just copy them to a memory stick, you will need to do an actual system backup.

To do a full system backup (this will basically copy ALL of the photos, music, videos and game save files and settings on the PS3 to a backup folder; you will need to have an external usb harddrive or thumbdrive w/enough space on it).

In the XMB, go to System
Go to Settings > System Settings > Backup Utility
Then choose Back Up
Finally, pick the device to backup too (memory stick, usb harddrive, etc).

so no. copy protected game save files are NOT tied to your PS3.

#61 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 8:21 pm
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Well, this has DEFINITELY been confirmed to work. Lets see how long it takes for Sony to fix it. I just need enough time to freaking download my DLC and new PSN game lol.

This isn't relatively complicated, but you do need a little know how to do it. Even with a step by step guide, be ready to put some effort into it.

Currently installing VMWare + Ubuntu to install DNSMasq.

#60 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 7:58 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by bitsbubba View Post
The installer mounts dev_flash as in FREEFLASH and Alijandro, so it itself can write to dev_flash. After running the installer enter a file manager proceed to copy over whatever you want. One tutorial this guy permanently changed his fonts, I myself edited a couple .rco files to change my app_home/PS3_GAME tab to read "Play Game" this is all permanent. It works, believe me!!

I have to apologize. I didn't realise it left flash open after it finished what it does.

This is great, now we CAN edit flash. I can finally change my font.
Quote Originally Posted by daveshooter View Post
I think this is wrong, hacked PS3 should not go on PSN, nor should people keep creating ways to do it, and if they do find a way, then keep it to your selfs and stop showing off, and giving Sony more reasons to keep updating the fw and stop us doing more Joyfully important things, other than wrecking lobbies. Sorry flame me, but this is killing online gaming for the true players. Come on think about it, leave PSN alone, its only just starting to get more enjoyable now theres no cheating.

Another hater... CHEATERS AND PEOPLE THAT RUN CFW ARE NOT THE SAME! You DON'T need to run CFW to cheat so why put those 2 things together? There will ALWAYS be cheaters with or without CFW.

the one's that asked in every thread, "How can I make lobbies and cheat?" I've NEVER seen this asked so what are you going on about?

It's only our imagination that limits the possibility on someone with a Hacked PS3, running Linux, and having PSN access. In my mind this must never happen, or at least not in the wrong noobs hands. Again WTF? Remember when the PS3 DID run Linux? It wasn't hacked back then so what says it will be hacked now?

I suggest you go research before trying make a smart comeback which you didn't do too good at this time.

#59 - Cruzer1234 - February 12, 2011 // 7:31 pm
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Make a tut now. You'll be a hero.

#58 - sorg - February 12, 2011 // 6:13 pm
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it works!

i've used other DNS server (DualServer DHCP DNS). Actually, i've needed PSN just to re-download my DLCs.

After that i've re-flashed kmeaw CFW through recovery menu to delete asbest patches and replaced certificate.

#57 - MCPADDINGTON - February 12, 2011 // 5:06 pm
I'll just leave this here

1. (Using Simple DNS Plus 5.2)

Set up dnsmasq to resolve your region's update server ( in my case) and to your computer. I just added them to my /etc/hosts and left the rest of the dnsmasq settings at default.

2. (Using Charles Web Debugging Proxy)

In Charles, set up reverse proxies for these two addresses on port 80 and 443 respectively. Also add to the list of Locations in the SSL tab of Proxy Settings so you can actually see the data you'll be changing.

3. In Charles, under Tools > Map Local, map the /update/ps3/list/uk/ps3-updatelist.txt on your region's server to a local copy, for example the one attached to this post.

4. (Using the AsbestOS installer on your PS3) enable R/W access to /dev/flash.

5. Rename charles-proxy-ssl-proxying-certificate.crt to xx.cer (where xx is a certificate that already exists) then use your preferred method to replace the one in your flash.

6. Set your PS3 DNS to the one you set up.

7. In Charles, set a Breakpoint on all https:// POST Requests.

8. Attempt to connect to PSN.

9. When you see the request in Charles, edit any instance of 3.55 you see in the headers to 3.56 then click Execute.

10. If it didn't work try again, eventually you should sign in. It only took me a couple of tries.

#56 - daveshooter - February 12, 2011 // 5:02 pm
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"But hackers are hackers, and SOMEONE makes said hacks". Agree which in turn makes script kiddy's.

#55 - chomps268 - February 12, 2011 // 4:47 pm
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You're right... But CFW or not, there will always be cheaters. I personally have had only one encounter with cheaters, and that was in MW2 like 3 weeks ago. That game seems overrun with cheaters now, and I dislike it just as much as you do. I have yet to see cheaters in Black Ops...

But hackers are hackers, and SOMEONE makes said hacks. The people that have the ability to make those hacks would find a way to make/use them regardless if there's CFW or not. The same people who cheat now, would cheat even if CFW never happened.

This is just my opinion though.