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137w ago - Today /GriFFin reports that OxweB has apparently leaked the True Blue PS3 disc BCA codes (although curiously a source wasn't specified), however, they are now conveniently deemed useless as the DRM-infected USB dongle itself.

To quote: When the True Blue dongle first launched last year, it was originally using 'special' blu-ray discs to play games, instead of just DRMencoded eboots on the HDD.

But even after all the Paradox releases, there was a few games that only were available still on 'special' blu-ray discs. Over the course of last year, various groups try to figure out how to copy these discs, as they were sadly pirate stores that wish to sell them to their customers. Finally have much research the BD-Rom marks called 'BCA Codes' were figured out so they could by copied on normal blu-ray burner.

And now an person by the name 'OxweB' has leaked them onto the 'net, as basically they are useless now, but still it is part of sad scene PS3 history!

These are BCA codes off the TB discs (the barcode on the inner part of the disc).

You to can read them off the disc yourself with a scanner or magnifying glass, they are in binary format (skinny line = 0, Fat line = 1). Binary to HEX and there you go, a code almost ready to be stamped on to a BD-R.

*Note - It's not that simple for regular retail games as there is still the PIC Zone to contend with.
**Note - I realize these aren't overly useful but it's information which is all worth it in the long run.

RESISTANCE 3

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DISGEA 4

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FIFA2012

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PES2012

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XMEN DESTINY

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BATMAN ARKHAN CITY

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Finally, in related news from GoD]oF[WaR (via nextgenupdate.com/forums/playstation-3-exploits-hacks/583397-bca.html#post4685403) to quote:

I have done more research on BCA codes, they seem to be the new protection put on games, meaning with these values they can be cracked, and possibly pirated to even non-jailbroken systems.

For those unaware, BCA is the new protection utilized in newer games and with a future editor you can have the BCA codes to use with the a loader which can patch games to run without the needed keys.

There will be a patch released for each game, which is basically 64 bytes of BCA data in the form of a separate text file, that will come with the ISO file (this obviously only applies to scene releases)

IF you have access to a retail copy of the game, then you can obtain the BCA code yourself to patch the game.

Changelog, roughly translated:

  • New IOS 38 base. dev/mload with powerful features and EHCI driver based in interruptions and more stable
  • Support for DVD USB Devices: It can run only DVD backups from .iso (original don't work because DVD drivers don't support the Wii format). Remember you must insert a DVD to work at start the program.
  • Support for BCA datas. You can add it from .ISO offset 0x100 (64 bytes). If this area is filled with zeroes it use one BCA by default (NSMB compatible).
  • New ioctl 0xda function supported in dip_plugin and new option added for
  • DVD mode to read the BCA Datas from the original DVD
  • Support to load games from DVD with alternative DOL (press '2' without
  • USB device or press the DVD icon from the upper-right corner in the selection game screen)
  • Support for SD and USB FAT/FAT32: Now you can use cheats codes and loads alternative .dol from the USB 2.0 device (FAT partition is required)
  • Added alternative dol loader (now support for 5+ dols) for games as Red Steel and othrers (see readme.txt) , New error 002 patch and videomode autodetection patch (for PAL2NTSC, NTSC2PAL and NTSC2PAL60 (use F. PAL60 for this))
  • Added direct access for Dol Alternative selection
  • You can load differents ehcmodule.elf from sd:/apps/uloader/
  • Parental control added: by default the password is 00000 (the last 0 is the 'ENTER', so you can program as new password as XXXX0 ). You can change it from special menu pressing HOME. You can exits from the password box pressing B. Parental control list the last 8 games launched with date/time, enables the password box and fix a new password. Now 00000 disables the Parental Control
  • Support for covers (less than 200KB 160x224). You can download from internet or adquire covers from the curren tfolder in the SD automatically
  • Added one option to delete PNG icons/covers
  • Some bugs fixed (bug with no modchip game instal, for examplel)
  • Support for multiples WBFS partitions (max 4).
  • Possiblity to use the alternative cIOS 223 (only to launch games)
  • Added one option to rename games
  • Added one option to record the cheats selected from txt files
  • New usb code and more!

The above thread gives information on BCA codes for the Wii, which could also apply to PS3 games in the same way. Meaning these BCA codes could lead to easily pirating games on all consoles who utilize the BCA algorithm.

After further research, I am under the suspicion that these BCA codes are in fact a lead to playing pirated games (3.60+ games burned to BD/Launched via USB or external HDD - played on 3.55 WITHOUT CFW) possibly on current firmwares with a real developer at hand.

Basically these BCA codes could lead to playing these burned ISO images on 3.55 (No CFW; without 3.60+ keys) and possibly current firmwares.

The BCA codes that True Blue "leaked" are actually the codes to games that have been tested and work on 3.55 OFW. With the use of a new true blue dongle (JB2/Jailbreak2), games played off the BD without 3.60+ keys.

The games that have been tested are the ones listed below;

  • Fifa 2012
  • Pes 2012
  • Driver san Fransisco
  • God of war Origin
  • X-men Destiny
  • Sniper ghost warrior

Games that are in process of being tested;

  • Resistance 2
  • Disgaea 2
  • Batman Arkham City

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True Blue PS3 Disc BCA Codes Leaked By OxweB, Deemed Useless

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#792 - elser1 - 150w ago
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i'm a little confused (nothing new there) so does this mean with the pkg i can use a tb dongle once then instal pkg and no longer need dongle?

that would be great if so and if someone would lend/hire me a dongle for a day.. LOL

#791 - Xyth - 150w ago
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Wololo's thoughts are ridiculously nonsense. Who cares if TB team will change encryption scheme. They still want us to believe if someone hacks TB, there will be no more new games. This is the same logic if we share PS3 exploits they can patch it. Who cares if Sony of TB patch their exploits. Of caurse they'll patch it, it is their job to protect their property. But if you call yourself a scene developer you can always comeup wit a new solution. This is what makes a scene The Scene.

These "It will lead to piracy" and "They can patch it" execuses are just a cover for their fear of Sony.

#790 - technodon - 150w ago
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following up on shad__'s excellent work on the modified true blue eboot, i repacked it as a installable pkg and also modified the text so it now reads remove the dongle and press x to return to the xmb. download link here: http://www.putlocker.com/file/6B780406C00FD776

#789 - PS4 News - 150w ago
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Below is an update from wololo (via wololo.net/2012/06/06/ps3-more-dongles-info-decrypted-by-oct0xor/) dubbed PS3 - More dongles info decrypted by oct0xor (covered a few posts above), as follows:

PS3 hacker oct0xor, who was already behind the base work that led to initial reverse engineering of the True Blue dongle, just twitted that he can decrypt True Blue’s stage2, as well as critical information from other clone dongles.

I can decrypt TrueBlue Stage 2, Cobra EBOOT.BIN, ps3usercheat cheatlist.dat and lv2 stage 1 and 2, right on PC.

You really can call me “DongleBreaker” now Thanks to flat_z who was with me all along.

As I said earlier, the people behind True Blue are not amateurs in the hacking scene and could definitely leverage that type of information. Hackers like oct0xor are not fighting against “we don’t know about it until it’s too late” Sony, but against people who regularly check all scene websites, and take action.

I have no doubt that the next True Blue firmwares will change their encryption scheme, and if not, another “magical” dongle will pop up in the months to come, from another random company (the same people who made true blue, of course), with a completely different security system.

That is, unless PS3 hackers completely reverse engineer the system behind the True Blue dongle, in a way that Sony can finally understand how True Blue are able to patch 3.6+ games so easily, and hoping that future games will be protected against the True Blue patches. That would calm down piracy on the PS3, and people who don’t get it will claim that this could kill the PS3 scene.

#788 - jabberosx - 151w ago
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This is good news. But at the same time ANOTHER frikking dongle is down right shameful. I mean whats the frikking point. arrgghhhhhh I know make more money by pirating from pirates. knowing still doesn't help.

#787 - RobertoSlip - 151w ago
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should be transparent, this would greatly facilitate..

#786 - userix - 151w ago
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Can I flash back to kmeaw 3.55 after flashing tb cfw 3.55 or is it a one way street ordeal?

#785 - PS4 News - 151w ago
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Today PlayStation 3 developer Naehrwert has blogged (nwert.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/reversing-tb-part-1-the-vm/) on reversing the TB (True Blue JB2 PS3 Dongle) Part 1: The VM with details below, to quote:

Thanks to oct0xor (twitter.com/#!/oct0xor) we could get our hands on the decrypted TB payload (stage 2). Of course the first thing to do is to fire it up in IDA, our favourite tool of the trade. The entry code of the payload looks like this:

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In the first loop it will relocate itself using 0x1337C0DE as an identifier for the upper 32 bits and rewrite that to the actual base. The disassembly above was already loaded using 0x1337C0DE00000000 as base. While scrolling through the data section at the end of the payload one quickly figures out that the RTOC is 0x1337C0DE00017E40.

As I was analyzing the code I found a sub that was basically just a really big switch with random looking case values. Once I reversed the sub at 0x1337C0DE00002578 and some of the following ones and analyzed their usage in the switch sub, I knew that I was looking at a fricking virtual machine.

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Paranoid TB developers even used XOR-tables to obfuscate the VM instructions and data. The virtual machine is mostly stack based but the instructions let you work using registers too. The next thing to do is to reverse all the instructions and write a disassembler and emulator. Here (pastie.org/4015202) is some code to unscramble the embeded vm binary for further investigation. I’m going to write more about this topic in the future.

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From shad__ on IRC for TB DRM dongle users: EBOOT.BIN

[shad__] if it can help, you can play tb eboot without tb plugged in. Just, patch sys_sm_shutdown call in TB update pkg and unplugg Tb dongle then press x to exit.It will exit without reset lv1 and lv2.
[shad__] POC: http://www.mediafire.com/?z42clbkhjju1khy
[shad__] Now you can share your dongle with your friends
[shad__] was ~chatzilla@55.219.73.86.rev.sfr.net * New Now Know How

Also this weekend Team E3DIY claim that they have also managed to run all PlayStation 3 games on 3.55 PS3 CFW (similar to TB/JB2) but they will likely peddle another dongle to do it unfortunately instead of a free PS3 scene solution.

Finally from oct0xor (via twitter.com/#!/oct0xor):

ps3usercheat skip r4=%x,r5=%x main_EBOOT.BIN main_vsh.self

I can decrypt TrueBlue Stage 2, Cobra EBOOT.BIN, ps3usercheat cheatlist.dat and lv2 stage 1 and 2, right on PC. pic.twitter.com/b2awqYLv

You really can call me "DongleBreaker" now Thanks to flat_z who was with me all along.


#784 - PS4 News - 151w ago
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Below is an update on the True Blue PS3 JB2 Dongle new security packaging, as follows:

30 - 5 – 2012

New packaging for True Blue incorporating security measures and an updated picture identification reference for clones

Due to the recent emergence of clones we are introducing a new packaging system and a security sticker on the dongle itself to help ensure customers receive original True Blue dongles.

Firstly, a new blister pack with a label over the blister will be introduced, as shown below. This provides several measures for the user to identify if the True Blue device received is likely to be original.

Note the unique security patterns in silver which are difficult to counterfeit, due to the colour variations on the background colours, materials used and complexity of the pattern itself. If the label appears to be stretched or appears to have been used before, then careful attention should be paid to the security sticker on the dongle itself.

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The security sticker adhered to the dongle itself (shown below), partially covering the cap will provide the user with an indication of whether or not the dongle has been tampered with before delivery. Therefore, if the portion of the sticker covering the dongle cap has been broken, then it is possible that the dongle may have been tampered with. If this is the case, please use the TrueBlue 2.7 firmware as a means to check the authenticity of the dongle.

If the word clone appears in the PS3 XMB where the TrueBlue 2.7 version number is stated, then you should contact your reseller for assistance. Security stickers are designed with a number of security considerations in mind and are very difficult to reproduce exactly. This will aid retailers and end users in determining whether the product received is an original.

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Some original True Blue dongles are in the supply chain yet to be sold, which do not have the new packaging. If you receive a True Blue dongle without the new packaging, then simply use the True Blue 2.7 firmware to identify whether or not it is an original. Details can be found on the information page and inside the 2.7 firmware download package on the downloads page.

Finally, we are updating the picture references for users to identify whether their PCB is an original True Blue or a CLONE. We have released several revisions of the True Blue PCB’s which are shown below. The recent CLONE posing as True Blue in a similar casing is also shown below and referenced as CLONE. If you have received one of these clones instead of the original True Blue you ordered, then you should contact the retailer who you purchased it from for a refund.


#783 - PS4 News - 152w ago
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Today True Blue PS3 JB2 v2.7 Firmware has been released for those with the dongle, with details below as follows:

Download: TrueBlue Update v2.7 / TrueBlue Update v2.7 (Mirror) / TrueBlue Update v2.7 (Mirror #2) / TrueBlue Update v2.7 (Mirror #3)

24 - 5 – 2012

True Blue dongle firmware v2.7 has been released.

Changes include:

  • True Blue dongle authenticity status displayed on PS3 XMB system information screen
  • Fixed yet another important game compatibility issue affecting recent 4.xx games

The authenticity status display can be used to determine if your True Blue dongle is either authentic or a clone.

For further details, see the information page. How do I know if I have a TB clone?

Q: How can I verify that my True Blue is authentic and not a clone?

A: Install True Blue dongle firmware v2.7 or later.

Then in the PS3 XMB, navigate to Settings -> System Settings -> System Information. Next to the "System Software" version will be information relating to your True Blue dongle. If your dongle is authentic then it will display something like "True Blue v2.7" (this will vary depending on the version of the dongle firmware you have installed).

If your dongle is a clone then it will display "True Blue CLONE" as shown in the following image:

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True Blue Payload v2.7

Download: True Blue Payload v2.7

Payload (2.7)

located in unself'ed eboot.bin @ offset:

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TB_payload_27.bin (382 KB): http://www.ps3devwiki.com/files/reDRM/TrueBlue/Updates/TrueBlueUpdate-2.7/TB_payload_27.bin

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