Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links

Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager Schematics and More Arrive


Sponsored Links
185w ago - Following up on his previous update, today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker No_One has made available some PDF documentation that details how Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager works including schematics, explanations, a bill of materials (BOM), and diagrams.

Download: Project PNM PS3 NOR Manager Schematics PDF

To quote: Hi mates, Here is the PDF documentation that explains how PNM works from an hardware point of view:

  • schematics
  • explanations
  • bill of materials (BOM)
  • diagrams

Coming soon:

  • A virtual SOCKET #3 to access (Read/Write) the PS3 NOR (on motherboard itself) It will give the ability to manage what others flashers around do without removing the embedded NOR.

Realtime tests on a PS3 in differents situations:

  • Static switching between 2 firmwares
  • Dynamic switching

Tasks finished these last 2 days:

  • serial link has been enhanced (speed) to 1Mbit/s
  • virtual SOCKET #3 instanciated in the FPGA
  • Teraterm macros to help managing DUMP/UPDATE (not yet fully functionnal)
  • automatic detection of the firmware flashed
  • some minor software updates

See ya very soon for more progress !

Cheers
No_One

Update: Let me give some clarifications. To make simple:

  • private keys are used to decrypt (and sign) files needed to build a firmware.
  • public keys are used to decrypt files like "EBOOT.BIN", SELF/SPRX files and so on.

If a new exploit is found to obtain privates keys then CFW will appear again.

Even if PNM project only aims to manage a TRUE dual firmware console, it may lead to public keys.
I won't explain it how.

What does that mean ?

It means devs will probably include public keys (ie 3.70) in a 3.55 CFW (like it has been done for 3.56 keys). But i would like to underline that there some tricks that could be used by SONY to prevent such methods. I won't explain them here.

Now, concerning the NOR flash. It only embeds a part of the firmware. The other part is stored in the internal HDD. To manage a TRUE dual firmware, it will be necessary to have both these parts (ie 3.41 HDD + 3.70 HDD).

I won't talk about the SYSCON in this post since most people reading won't understand what it is.
The lame method will consist to swap HDD. But good news, there are some identified tricks to keep everything in only ONE HDD

Again, to make things clear: PNM is NOT a project to promote piracy ! The main goal is to have a 3.41/3.55 CFW with Linux/homebrews and an OFW to continue enjoying last games, PSN... But like any "weapon", PNM can be used for nice perspectives but also in "bad hands" for obscure aims.

Cheers
No_One




Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 Custom Firmware Forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene and PlayStation 4 scene updates and fresh homebrew PS3 Downloads. Enjoy!
Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links

Comments 81 Comments - Go to Forum Thread »

• Please Register at PS4News.com or Login to make comments on Site News articles.
 
#31 - gl1mmerman - 189w ago
gl1mmerman's Avatar
hi i'm new to all this, can anyone tell me what these things do to the ps3?

#30 - daveshooter - 189w ago
daveshooter's Avatar
This does look promising. looking over the images I can see its made well and I would imagine its only a matter of time before the developers find a safe outlet for it. Just not in the usa because you get 20 years. lol

I think this is something similar to the usb black-cat flasher once used to flash bcm chips using a jtag but with added breakout. you can see from the 1st image its connected with usb and jtag.

Even if it never gets released from them, we now have the means of making one ourselves, just a little different than the old lpt1 home made jtag lead.

#29 - Windstyle - 189w ago
Windstyle's Avatar
When could PNM be released? Anyway good job that would be awesome

#28 - PS4 News - 189w ago
PS4 News's Avatar
Here is another update from No_One on the hardware for this project which should allow developers to further examine the PS3 NOR flash in search of new exploits: psx-scene.com/forums/content/pnm-1230/

Anonymous hacker releases explanations of DUAL NOR hardware.

A hardware has been designed. Project codename: PNM (PS3 NOR Manager). It meets the following requirements:

  • copy/dump/update NOR FLASH
  • static switch and dynamic switch between 2 NOR FLASH (sockets)
  • realtime spying the NOR activities

A PDF with all the explanations, schematics and so on will be provided very soon for release ! ...this is one of the page extracted from the PDF that will be released. This is a part of the PNM schematics:

s3nint3!I believe knowledge and information wants to be free. This is why I consider that this project is open-hardware and will be open-source !

Learn what you can and help contribute to making the PS3 scene a better place. Released by No_One.

PS: PNM could lead to 3.6x+ key decryption/CFW, but also to a TRUE dual firmware management
PPS: No other hardware (Infectus...) will be capable to handle what PNM is capable to do...

In related news, some install pics from dospiedras1973 are posted here: elotrolado.net/hilo_cfw-3-55-y-ofw-3-66-a-la-vez-solo-cambiando-un-switch_1645953_s150

Finally, Varicela via DemonHades (demonhades.org/foro/viewtopic.php?t=4853#p30499) shared a pic of another PCB with Dual NAND support allowing users to install both PS3 OFW and CFW on a single console, stating (roughly translated) that there are integrated sockets on the "two side plates" that are to be used by the Infectus modchip–for this dual-NAND to work.

#27 - jaime29 - 197w ago
jaime29's Avatar
this is good news.

#26 - SwordOfWar - 197w ago
SwordOfWar's Avatar
Even if this is possible, it would require a hardware mod and also another mod to allow switching between 2 hard drives. Different firmware versions probably handle data on the drive differently (especially on the newer console versions with small nand size since a good bit of the OS is stored on the HDD instead of the nand).

Basically all this really means is that there may be a possible alternative (hardware mod + 2 HDD mod vs buying a 2nd PS3 for OFW).

So really this won't gain anything. It won't lead to CFW. And if your willing to buy the extra parts and mod the PS3, your much better off just buying a 2nd PS3 for official firmware.

So nothing interesting really... move along people.

#25 - mushy409 - 197w ago
mushy409's Avatar
Didn't the consoles with 256Mb flash use it for filesystem / OS? Something along the lines of merging the 2 partitions (128Mb + 128Mb flash = 256Mb partition)

There were people having trouble with the CFW in the early days. The 16Mb NAND consoles & the 256Mb NAND consoles?

It's been a while...

#24 - Wonderkik - 197w ago
Wonderkik's Avatar
I thought the Fat Ps3 already had 2 Nand (Or some other flash memory) used to store the firmware and a copy of it in case something goes wrong?

I can't remember where did I read that (or even if it is true ^^ ), but that's what I immediately thought when I read that news. I suppose that in that case we could use the "backup" flash memory as a second firmware, enabling Dual Firmware.

Does anybody have an answer on these? Again, I might be completely wrong

#23 - mike1001 - 197w ago
mike1001's Avatar
hi,

i used this method on my amiga 500 ... bootrom 1.2 and 1.3 , chip selected by the chip-select-lines.

greets
mike

#22 - HeyManHRU - 197w ago
HeyManHRU's Avatar
Not this again.. *Sigh*

It's fake, these fake keys have going around the internet for like over a month. It doesn't take many brain cells to write up fake keys then claiming it to be the 3.60 Keys.

 

Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links







Advertising - Affiliates - Contact Us - PS4 Downloads - PS4 Forums - Privacy Statement - Site Rules - Top - © 2015 PlayStation 4 News