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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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#54 - daveshooter - February 12, 2011 // 9:36 pm
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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.

With respect to you my friend I don't disbelieve you as you say "Most of us do play on the network 'properly'

But on the other hand some don't, and to be fare to you, its not like you needed this thread to work it out, nor are you trying to get on the PSN for the wrong reasons. But now that its spelled out and made easy for the new hacking upstarts, the one's that asked in every thread, "How can I make lobbies and cheat?" well theres no end of things that could happen. It's been said i a post back, " if people are modding their consoles, cfw etc and connecting to the PSN there's no telling what kind of code they're running and I'm not talking about cheats" And Barry hit it in a nut shell.

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.

Any ethical hacker will agree with me knowing this, with what the full implications are with a penetration distro. Don't get me wrong, I just find it had understand why true online game players condone this, seeing in the long run it affect you, one way or an other, so where the sense in that?

#53 - ilikeitindabutt - February 12, 2011 // 7:44 pm
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I was wondering would it be possible to Downgrade some how to 3.55 or getting a CFW i noticed and i' am sure alot of you have to but when trying to reinstall geo or kmeaw cfw it will install up to 99% then say corrupted. now what are the chances of getting this to work with the 3.55 OFW pup? where it will show up for a install and getting it to install fully without any add on in it like ftp unless i'am behind in times and this is already done. or has been attempted. does that sound possible ?

#52 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 7:29 pm
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yeah but the problem is if people are modding their consoles, cfw etc and connecting to the PSN there's no telling what kind of code they're running and I'm not talking about cheats. sony don't give a damn about cheaters hence the treyarch ban instead of a PSN ban, but people running full on custom code on their PS3's could pose a very real security risk.

Not yet but it wouldn't be long. I don't think cfw systems or jb systems should be on PSN at all, not that I was ever dumb enough to put my card details in there anyway lol.

#51 - chomps268 - February 12, 2011 // 7:10 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by heartagram62 View Post
I'm sorry but I feel I must point out that you are just as bad as $ony in this case, The custom firmware you are running is a "theft" & rewrite of what $ony own. I think they are doing the right thing by keeping CFW and homebrew away from their own private network. I mean, If you all want your own homebrew applications and the ability to run back-ups fine, but keep it away from people who want to use the network to play properly where hackers can't reset your stats for example.

There's a difference between people who mod their consoles and people who cheat in games. You're linking two completely irrelevant things together... Most of us do play on the network 'properly' (by your terms).

#50 - mknapper1 - February 12, 2011 // 6:36 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!!

How did you change it to "Play Game" ?

#49 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 6:29 pm
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I noticed that, What I did notice about that YouTube account though was that they had just created it and had uploaded only that one video. So it seems the only sole purpose of it was to show it as prove.

Not sure if that PSN account they used was a new one, or his real one. But I believe he showed his PSN ID and MAC address as well.. But then again, it's probably a fake one just to show it as proof that it works.

Many people were also ranting on saying stuff like "WHERE THE HECK IS THE TUTORIAL!?" ... Who knows, maybe the person received too much crap out of nowhere and just decided to remove it so it doesn't get spread all over.

Too many conclusions of how this could have been deleted.. hmmm...

#48 - Mbb - February 12, 2011 // 6:22 pm
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Hmm the video from the first post is deleted, that was the only proof so far, I hope somebody is working on a video tutorial because this is really hard for regular users.

#47 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 6:04 pm
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I managed to fix my issue, turns out my USB stick wasn't formatted correctly for linux.

Now I just need to figure out how to make certs. going to roll VMWare and install Linux now.

Quote Originally Posted by pig098 View Post
YOU STILL CAN BACK UP copyrighted game saves to ANOTHER PS3. what's really pathetic is that you said "Next time you want to sound smart"

everything i said is true. devs get the option to copyright saves. Most games are not copyrighted still.. and you CAN back up copyrighted gamesave to ANOTHER ps3.

You cannot restore copy 'protected' saves onto another PS3. Let me break it down into CAPS, maybe that'll get you understanding this better.

Backup/Restore ability DOES not do this. It will ONLY restore them if its on the SAME PS3. If you could copy PROTECTED, or as you call it 'copyrighted' gamesaves ONTO another PS3 WITHOUT CFW, then this would have never been a problem.

If Sony would have tied it TO your PSN account and not your PS3, this wouldn't have been such a problem.

You are probably talking about the Data Transfer Utility, BUT how the hell would you use that if your PS3 gets YLOD? Yeah, exactly.

#46 - Chivafighter - February 12, 2011 // 6:01 pm
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Yes you could backup the game saves, your gamesaves are locked to your Playstation account. By that i mean your PSN login info and everything. If the other PS3 has your account info and PSN info, then you will be able to use it.

#45 - pig098 - February 12, 2011 // 5:17 pm
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YOU STILL CAN BACK UP copyrighted game saves to ANOTHER PS3. what's really pathetic is that you said "Next time you want to sound smart"

everything i said is true. devs get the option to copyright saves. Most games are not copyrighted still.. and you CAN back up copyrighted gamesave to ANOTHER ps3.