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September 8, 2011 // 12:30 am - As a follow-up to the previous Project PNM news, here is another update from PlayStation 3 hacker No_One below.

To quote: Hi mates, I wanted to give you news concerning the PNM project. I really missed time. But I just finished what I call the "stand-alone mode". In this mode, we can do everything concerning the NOR FLASH mangement.

Here are the functions working now:

  • copy memory
  • dump memory
  • update memory
  • display memory CRC32
  • read memory
  • display memory details

PNM is now working with 2 NOR sockets and 1 "virtual" one which is the PS3 embedded memory. It means for example that now we can dump/update the PS3 NOR like any flasher, but also copy its content to another FLASH and so on...

Next step now consists in wiring the PNM board to the PS3. This is what I call the "PS3 mode". I will do it next week

I will of course give you details, some nice pictures and maybe a video. We are not so far to be capable to dual firmware the PS3 and do some nice progress in FLASH decrypting.

Have fun !


PS: For people asking why I simply didn't use a twice capacity NOR FLASH (32MBytes) instead of 2 NOR FLASH (16MBytes). This is simply because it is easy for SONY to disable the dual firmware feature using what we call the "Product ID". Original NOR has a unique product ID (16Mbytes). A simple check and you cannot anymore use PNM.

Project PNM Stand-Alone Mode for PS3 NOR Flash Mangement

Project PNM Stand-Alone Mode for PS3 NOR Flash Mangement

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#11 - alchybear - May 23, 2011 // 10:11 pm
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i took a review of this, think about it you need two ps3's (one to take apart n steel the flash) or find the same models flash memory and solder and make a switch on ur ps3, each flash can have its own firmware, BIG problem would be that a hdd that has lets say 3.55 cfw on the 3.55 first flash, the second flash 3.6+ will make you update threw that hdd.

BUT as an idea, spoofing the firmware on the hdd a possible compatibility will work., a big thought is since it is a theory, if the ps3 model and key is stored threw the flash/ then that will be the biggest problem since the ps3 key would be on the hdd, and the hdd would not match each flash. many possibilities and many chances of making the ps3 more hacked than the psp

#10 - GrandpaHomer - May 23, 2011 // 9:49 pm
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Well - the hardware solution itself is nothing new - it was used in the good old times of ZX Spectrum to have dual / multiboot ROM ... As for the rest - I can see quite a lot obstacles so don't hold your breath here

#9 - jd200 - May 23, 2011 // 9:49 pm
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excellent i have the tools for this. i think aoyue station to remove or add chips and a mini dip32 to tsop32 and the programmer will have a look at the pdf.

#8 - boarder1042 - May 23, 2011 // 9:03 pm
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this is really interesting. I'm sure in a few months or even weeks we will see something that looks like the cygnos 360. TSOP chip built on a programmer that solders onto the motherboard.

#7 - Sostanco - May 23, 2011 // 9:00 pm
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Insteresting theory. we will see if really work. Thank you

#6 - B4rtj4h - May 23, 2011 // 8:31 pm
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Lol . This isn't even that hard to do. In fact i see a Wiikey idea coming to the PS3! The Wii had a plug and play thingy were you just put the chip over the nand. There was a rubber housing that kept everything in place !...

#5 - syphonlord - May 23, 2011 // 8:27 pm
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Interesting read, i wonder if its as easy as it sounds. lets hope so because then we would have one cool system.

#4 - almoront - May 23, 2011 // 8:06 pm
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I assume this is what geohot did to get the keys. too bad the parts are expensive if damaged or you would see many people playing with this.

#3 - sirkingchase - May 23, 2011 // 7:25 pm
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This is really cool.

#2 - denunes - May 23, 2011 // 7:25 pm
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that's a good job in here... my only add to this is the heat generated from the bottom flash to the upper one. is it hot to damage the second one? you are making history here!

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