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February 12, 2010 // 10:22 pm - We are happy to report that the PS3 Hypervisor LV1 and Bootloader LV0 are dumped from the PlayStation 3's RAM after getting our SX28 Hardware a few days ago, utilizing code for glitching and mashing buttons for hours - the exploit eventually will get triggered!

We tried a few different ways to dump out the real memory - the biggest "problem" was the fact that you can't just simply use File I/O code in a kernel module. Furthermore, you can't call the lv1_peek function from user mode either.

Luckily, resident DEV kakarotoks was up to the challenge. After some trial and error (and too many PS3 crashes!) he made a kernel module which maps the "real" PS3 memory to a device in /proc. The /proc area lets the kernel and userland interact some.

Basically, the device /proc/ps3_hv_mem is created when the kernel module is inserted. Once it is inserted, you can use dd to read the device. By doing this, the device gets passed arguments, which is passed along to lv1_peek - which in turns reads out the real memory.

Be advised, don't go beyond the PS3's upper memory limit. At around 260MB, the PS3 tends to crash - it does not like trying to read beyond RAM limits! So, for usage:

First, run the exploit, and get it triggered and working - that's the hard part!

Next, download the attached file, inside are three files, a Makefile, the ps3_hv_mem.c and a pre-compiled version. Stick these in a folder, and run make. It will then compile a kernel module for you (ps3_hv_mem.ko, or use the pre-compiled one). Then simply type: sudo insmod ps3_hv_mem.ko

Enter your password and check /proc for a ps3_hv_mem entry, or your dmesg. If it is there - let the dumping begin!

You can dump out the PS3 Hypervisor and Bootloader (and the rest of the real memory) via dd. You can use the command:

dd if=/proc/ps3_hv_mem of=PS3_Memory_Dump.bin bs=1024 count=10K

That command will dump out 10485760 bytes, or about 10MB - which nicely includes the goodies like LV0 and LV1. Finally, you can also increase the count, which will increase the amount dumped (multiply by blocksize).

PS3 Hypervisor and Bootloader Dumped from RAM and More!

PS3 Hypervisor and Bootloader Dumped from RAM and More!

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#69 - nannou - February 13, 2010 // 3:46 pm
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i really am a nerd but in audio engineering lol (can't contribute much to the scene) i'm not a stoner neither but i do like movies

#68 - PS4 News - February 13, 2010 // 3:31 pm
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HEHE most of them are actually stoners versus nerds... and you know how much stoners love their movies, which is what many download with the credits they get for uploading files to topsites.

#67 - nannou - February 13, 2010 // 3:29 pm
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I thought they were all nerds! Do nerds go out and get drunk?

#66 - PS4 News - February 13, 2010 // 3:20 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Raze1988 View Post
Boss, do you intend to let us know when the dumps surface somewhere?

Definitely! Just like any PS3-related warez release (remember reports on all the Paradox PS3 NFO updates) we will also do the same in the Site News for the HV dump as well.

I wouldn't expect anything until next week though, mainly because release group people tend to get drunk and party on weekends versus uploading scene releases.

#65 - Raze1988 - February 13, 2010 // 3:13 pm
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Boss, do you intend to let us know when the dumps surface somewhere?

#64 - PS4 News - February 13, 2010 // 2:11 pm
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Yea LOL, the PS3 it was dumped from has never been on PSN so doesn't have any user account data stored on it, etc... so not a concern.

#63 - ekrboi - February 13, 2010 // 2:08 pm
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i could see this.. while the receipt for my ps3 from best buy has nothing on it to show which console i purchased.. no ID# or anything like that.. but i would imagine that your console id is tagged to your PSN account.. but i'm sure the devs have thought of this and will check before releasing.. i would assume they have more than one ps3 to play with so checking the dumps for inconsistencies (IE. different console ID's) shouldn't be a problem.

#62 - TonyHart - February 13, 2010 // 1:57 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by semitope View Post
If they get banned I doubt it matters. ban 3 ps3s from psn? No big deal..

Yes but I meant to also put in my original post that it could possibly allow Sony to trace the purchaser of the PS3 unit, and if they are connected to the dumping and spreading of the HV on the internet, there could be action against them. Just a thought!

#61 - PS4 News - February 13, 2010 // 1:52 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by titanmkd View Post
Which FW is it 3.15 ?

The current dump is from PS3 Firmware 3.01.

#60 - ekrboi - February 13, 2010 // 1:51 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by inginear View Post
it would be a good tool if you can afford the $539 single user license. and while that is out of my price range i'll just have to wait for the wealthy among us to do the dirty work. i really want nothing more than to help with this process, however the price of admission is far above me.

google is your friend..