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August 24, 2009 // 1:01 pm - Over the weekend geohot, famous for unlocking Apple's iPhone, has posted a few tweets on his Twitter account that he has began looking into hacking Sony's PS3 console.

He has also dropped by our Forums to enquire about the PS3 Hypervisor Decryption Keys, and has been in touch with CJPC via IRC as well.

To date, geohot has reported the following via tweets:

"ooo got access to a couple more pages of ram...still no hypervisor there tho. it's hiding in the top 2 MB.

anyone know if the 360 guys had a pt hypervisor to reverse?

my goal is to break out of the hypervisor... then see what my morals will allow.

gotta flip one little bit to hack the ps3. unfortunately the ps3 doesn't want me to flip it.

so, the hypervisor is in the first 0x1000 pages of RAM...think I could just pull an address line down and dump? not from kernel tho

PS3 memory map http://pastie.org/589218 ... why did I think this would be useful again? i really want these dumps @ bootloader

it'd be nice if that worked, linux accesses sandboxed part of nand... 4mb of uselesses.

hacking the PS3, not hacked in three years how long will it take me?"

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#91 - final94 - September 4, 2009 // 5:45 am
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Sorry but i don`t get it at this point.

Is this thingy, probably ordered by cjpc, a developer unit? is it now possible for the dev team to program all they want?

is george hotz in the dev team of ps3news?

what is needed from IBM? Maybe i can help

#90 - imtoodvs - September 4, 2009 // 4:04 am
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good job Chief, i just read this thread an hour ago and it was closed. it never surprises me how on top of everything you are.

with the big news on the Dev front, now a tweet from geohot, thing are looking more & more promising.

#89 - PS4 News - September 4, 2009 // 3:26 am
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Quote Originally Posted by DarkEnigma View Post
Seeing Hackers like George Hotz decide to try and hack the PS3 is great, and also got me thinking.

Majority of the hacking community hasn't ever tried to hack the PS3, simply because it can already run homebrew through linux.

So I think we all need to get the message out to the community that this is no longer the case. What would be the best way to go about that?

I moved your post to the existing thread on geohot... we actually had another long thread HERE on the topic as well.

Basically everyone in our community is already doing all they can (see the 7 pages of PS3 Dev threads) in attempt to unlock the PS3, so for the moment I don't think we need yet another thread on that topic... I did +Rep you for your effort though!

The best advice I can give anyone who wishes to help out is to share your skills with us HERE and perhaps you can be added to the resident PS3 Dev Team!

Also, if you work for Sony, IBM (we could use an IBM insider atm) or a 3rd-Party Developer and have access to files that may be of use feel free to Contact Us and you will be rewarded.


Getting back on-topic, here are some recent tweets from geohot:
guess i have to write a little RTOS then...unless someone knows how to lock the kernel better?

how can the kernel still respond to ping when spin locked?

wish i had basic tools, like a multimeter and scope here...i see a 4 pin header, populated with no plug in it.

#88 - DarkEnigma - September 4, 2009 // 2:59 am
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Seeing Hackers like George Hotz decide to try and hack the PS3 is great, and also got me thinking.

Majority of the hacking community hasn't ever tried to hack the PS3, simply because it can already run homebrew through linux.

Hackers of other consoles even use PS3 to backup their beliefs by saying things like 'game console manufacturers should open up their platforms to Linux and homebrew, similar to what Sony has done with the PlayStation 3.'

But the PS3 Slim has changed all that.

So I think we all need to get the message out to the community that this is no longer the case. What would be the best way to go about that?

#87 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 3:25 am
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Yea, all that = already answered in the Dev section... no need to repeat it all here just because people are too lazy to make posts to gain access there.

Let's keep this thread on the topic of geohot's PS3 hacking Twitter updates!

#86 - Madell - September 3, 2009 // 3:21 am
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I had the same problem couldn't get the comments, but never knew what to post. It's great to hear this news, this happened also to the 360 if i remember it correctly. Just one question, did the devs pay it themselves or was it donated? Maybe partially donated and partially payed? Just a question, because it's a lot of money worth!

#85 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 2:49 am
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Yea, you won't be able to since those are in the PS3 Dev Forum until you move from a Newbie to a Registered User... the same applies to downloading files.

For more details, see our UserGroup Classifications.

#84 - ignaziomen - September 3, 2009 // 2:44 am
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I read the news but I can't get access to comments below...

#83 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 2:39 am
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It was posted last night... check here: http://www.ps4news.com/ps3-hacks-jailbreak/ps3-reference-tool-kit-arrives-for-the-ps3-news-dev-team/

#82 - bipdan - September 3, 2009 // 2:34 am
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We know it's not a JIG, not a hack that could boot backup, maybe a beginning of homebrew ? I guess we have to wait...
I know this post is not of great use, but after being following, this thread i'm getting curious.