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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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#34 - bitsbubba - February 12, 2011 // 7:36 am
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no problem..

#33 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 7:21 am
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Thanks for the heads up guys.

#32 - Mbb - February 12, 2011 // 7:16 am
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Why 1.3 since 1.5 is already released?

#31 - bitsbubba - February 12, 2011 // 7:16 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Zentsuken View Post
I haven't messed around with AsbestOS, downloading 1.3 right now going to give this a shot! Thanks for pointing that out bitsbubba.

I suggest v1.5

#30 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 7:08 am
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Funny I haven't even wanted to hop online with CFW, now I'm desperate enough doing this.

I haven't messed around with AsbestOS, downloading 1.3 right now going to give this a shot! Thanks for pointing that out bitsbubba.

#29 - bitsbubba - February 12, 2011 // 6:56 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Jes03 View Post
Has anyone said it actually works yet? If it doesn't work then it doesn't matter if $ony can block it or not.

I don't really understand the instructions but I'll work it out if I could get write access to flash.

Kmeaw's AsbestOS installer allows write/mount access to dev_flash

#28 - Zentsuken - February 12, 2011 // 6:49 am
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Ever heard of the PlayStationŽNetwork Downloader? Let me quote it directly from Sony.

PlayStationŽNetwork Downloader is software used to move content from a PC to a PSP™ system.

This software must be installed on the PC before PlayStationŽStore content can be used.

THAT's what I'm talking about, it would be nice if something like that would work FOR PS3 content. Period. Not sure where the hell you got all that other crap from. Also, many games have locked saves, let me name a few... Demon's Souls, Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden, Mass Effect 2, UFC 2010, Gran Turismo 5, etc.

I could keep going, the fact that more and more games are DOING this is pretty worrisome because if something erratic happens to the PS3, you are screwed.

Even with a proper PS3 format backup, that backup only would work on the PS3 it came out of, so if say something happened to my launch PS3. Then I'm screwed. I know people who lost their 200 hours Demon's Souls saves thanks to this.

Oh, and don't bring your crap up about how they locked it due to "PvP". Next time you want to sound smart, I suggest you read properly what the other person is trying to say. It'll save you sometime.

#27 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 6:47 am
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legally they won't ban consoles. They will have too many losing court cases. If my console gets banned I will be taking them to court and I will win. I've already taken $ony to court once and I won so I will gladly do it again.

From firmware 3.41 to 3.56 what good features have there been? I think they have removed more features than anything. Actually I don't remember anything being added for a while now.

#26 - elac - February 12, 2011 // 6:30 am
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Well all this console/PSN hacking does have an interesting point... it forces Sony to roll out updates at a faster pace then ever before. Though most are just security updates they do manage to throw some new features in the mix.

Who Knows how long it would take them to give us these features if we didn't have this ongoing battle between Devs and Sony.

#25 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 6:14 am
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they'll have to start banning if they can't keep cfw off psn. As for this method, forging ssl certs, injecting packets if thats the plan they won't be online for long. besides 3.60 is coming soon what's the point?