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PS3 is Hacked by George Hotz - Hello Hypervisor, I'm GeoHot!


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271w ago - The PS3 is hacked, at least according to George Hotz on his latest blog entry (linked above)!!!

This news comes just under a month after he resumed PlayStation 3 hacking!

To quote: "Hello hypervisor, I'm geohot

I have full read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor.

In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me.

Took 5 weeks, 3 in Boston, 2 here, very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.

Shout out to George Kharrat from iPhoneMod Brasil for giving me this PS3 a year and a half ago to hack. Sorry it took me so long

As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG.

A lot more to come..."

PS3 is Hacked by George Hotz - Hello Hypervisor, I'm GeoHot!

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#217 - Raze1988 - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
That being said, GeoHot apparently has grown tried of the pressure as he has now leaked the lv0 and lv1 dumps (which still require a key, as predicted) so it's only a matter of time now until they make their way more public. Currently PS3 Devs are examining them for vulnerabilities.

This means we have it? Or a bunch of other people too? It sounded like Geohot was really pissed about all those comments on his blog. I wonder if he told them everything or left something out because of that.

#216 - mushy409 - 270w ago
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Just read through his blog and he's made pretty quick progress in the last few weeks.

From what I gather this hack is similar to the XBR hack - load code into memory & reset the CPU (correct me if I'm wrong)

When or IF this becomes public the PS3 will be a much better seller than the 360 and a much better platform for custom apps etc.

Time will tell...

#215 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
It requires the OtherOS, which as you know the PS3 Slim doesn't have, so sadly odds are this will remain a "fat" only PS3 Hack for quite some time (until the Slim is unlocked another way, etc).

Understandable, but I have no doubt about the devs and their knowledge of the system and it's intricacies. I understand if some of details must remain private, I was just wondering if there was any way to get the code to run on the slim anyway. I know that all this advancement in the hacking scene is new and will undoubtedly take time, but exactly how different are the systems in their structure.

I guess I might be just asking questions which make no sense/ have no answers, but I'm just interested, sa'll. From what I have been reading it seems X number of levels in difficulty greater than the fat PS3, but the fat PS3 was deemed impossible to hack for nearly 3 years now. I'd be willing to wait another 3 just to be able to hack the Slim, and maybe by that time I'd know enough to be able to contribute

#214 - pro2oman - 270w ago
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would any of the key that could possibly be extracted form a ps3 fat help in the works for a slim. i know there are console specific keys but, would it at all bring us a step closer to the slim being included?

#213 - PS4 News - 270w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by xUb3rn00dlEx View Post
If someone would be so kind as to tell me whether it would be difficult to bring the "hack" to the slim, as I'm more interested in allowing home brew on that just for the sake of having it.

It requires the OtherOS, which as you know the PS3 Slim doesn't have, so sadly odds are this will remain a "fat" only PS3 Hack for quite some time (until the Slim is unlocked another way, etc).

#212 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 270w ago
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Hopefully he'll have the entire working thing out soon, but I'm not rushing him. It takes time. I might have missed the post, but I have been having personal side of life taking up my time so I had a break from posting for a couple days.

If someone would be so kind as to tell me whether it would be difficult to bring the "hack" to the slim, as I'm more interested in allowing home brew on that just for the sake of having it. And, just how easy would it be to patch this up over at Sony? I'm just curious because they now have the first test for their security team to tackle.

#211 - PS4 News - 270w ago
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From the blog comments:
George Hotz said...
Seriously, with all the noobs posting here, selling out sounds like a reasonable plan.

This is quickly getting worse than the iPhone scene.

That being said, GeoHot apparently has grown tried of the pressure as he has now leaked the lv0 and lv1 dumps (which still require a key, as predicted) so it's only a matter of time now until they make their way more public. Currently PS3 Devs are examining them for vulnerabilities.

If I had to guess, they will first appear on the PS3Gen French site and then spread from there... time will tell.
George Hotz said...
Everyone can already run unsigned code, it's called OtherOS

Both GeoHot (and those examining the code) have confirmed that you need the OtherOS to use it... meaning those with a PS3 Slim are currently SOL (as expected)... so only the "fat" PS3 is "hacked" for those curious.

#210 - SiZMiK - 270w ago
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Very interesting that he said he could have a sw hack ready by now if the security was different. I don't think it will be long at all before he has a completed hello world.

#209 - hellospaceboy - 270w ago
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How would the BBC have got in contact with him? Can't wait to find out what Geohotz posts up next. I'm glad its a hardware mod, won't be as many noobs complaining about why there modding has gone wrong etc.

#208 - Tidusnake666 - 270w ago
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Hope it isn't the guy from Motorstorm exploit LOL. After that clown ps3gen has lost it's credibility as for me.

 

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