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December 18, 2012 // 6:00 am - Following up on the PS3UserCheat and True Blue unnecessary DRM-infected dongles being hacked alongside zadow28's work, today PlayStation 3 developer oct0xor shared a video of his OpenCobra Payload which aims to render the current Cobra USB dongle from Max Louarn useless.

Below are the details from his blog, as follows: "First I am going to say that this is not going to be an article, just a first blog post and some info about my recent project.

Finally I got my hands on cobra it was quite a lot of time since I touched this last time. There was s good things happened since then eg. I reverse engineered usercheat and true blue, had done a lot ps3 and not ps3 related hacking. There was a bad things eg. BlueDiskCFW, lv0 leak, a lot of devs leave the scene...

Cobra was for me really "the last" thing I have to do.

The last time when I worked on this I didnt had a dongle, and all what I had was a dump by JaiCraB. I reverse engineered it as much as possible, figure out almost all tricks, encrypton and etc. And figuare out that it reads a lot of data from dongle, and I cant do much without dongle itself. Thats why I put this project to the back burner.

Well... I had never buyed anyone dongle, and I never was not going to. All my dongles was donated (thanks again ) but not that time.

it was hard for me to make this decision but a few days ago cobra finally shipped to me...

3 days and now its all over.

Security is good enough, but not without big security risks. But it still the best crypto/obfuscation what I had seen on ps3. Sony have something to learn from this guys, especially now.

Cobra / True Blue almost identical, have the same source code, if you ever hacked 1 thing, 2nd wouldnt be a problem. The main functionality, honestly, not changed since original jb. Thats a shame. Thats why I cracking them like nuts




On the fourth day I taked a decision to make my own "OpenCobra" payload. only clean code without drm and garbage, to be able to port it to any new firmware, and change/add features. It taked 2 days, 3000 lines of asm, and you had seen the result.

Atm it based on 4.1 payload, plans for future is check/add new features from 4.4/5.0. Port to a new firmware (if cobra will not do this for me), and realize all nice innovations from new version of psp emu, such as better emu accuracy, 3D and etc...

In video you had seen Payload Loader. Thats the all code it has:

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This tag related patches handled by mngr. So far I want to move it in payload. First I have to check how it handled in 4.4 / 5.0

Not sure yet when it will be released, if it will be, but we will see.

Keys!

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If this subject will be interested for people, maybe I will write a full article about True Blue / Cobra analysis and hacking.

btw: Me and ~ some psp mysterious dark figure ~ reverse engineered algo for generating valid psp isos back to jule. But saves and a lot of games dont work without patching. So cobra's patched emu much better there imho."

Below are some additional pics from his blog which simply states: Usercheat + Cobra = <3

From flat_z: Here is some explanations to make things more clearer. If you read my twit about ps2_netemu you can see that I reverse-engineered it. It includes almost all things which are required to make custom disc images of original PS2 discs and run them on the PS3 if everything will works fine. So it can lead us to the process of remastering PS2 discs which includes making of ISO.BIN.ENC (the encrypted version of original image which can be read by the PS3), creation and encryption of .VME files (virtual memory cards), ISO.BIN.EDAT (includes the title ID of disc).

The only thing which is not currently known is the format of decrypted CONFIG file (I can decrypt the file and encrypt it back but it have a complex format). It is optional and can be empty but I'm afraid that some games requires it to run on the PS3. My plan was the creation of PS2 remastering tool and I wanted to share it. Although I even not sure will it work or no but there are many chances that it will.

But something happened before I started to do it. My HDD on the laptop died and I have all information regarding PS3 on it. Although I was able to restore some important files but not all. So I need a time to buy components for a new computer and build it. For the same reason, I have a delay on my real job (I'm working as a free-lancer) so I will going to do my job before I start to do something new for PS3.

P.S. I see many questions about compatibility. You don't need a backward compatible PS3 console to run PS2 games through ps2_netemu because it is software emulator and doesn't require any PS2 hardware components. Also I think that ps2_netemu is more better and stable than ps2_softemu but this statement requires testing.

Finally, from naehrwert (via twitter.com/naehrwert) comes some related Cobra ODE EID0 information (ECDSA from pastie.org/6169158) , as follows:

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While this is definitely interesting news, odds are it's just a ploy for the Cobra Team to release a new dongle that will be 'required' for their upcoming PS3 4.3x CFW unfortunately or the PS3 ODE in order to further line their pockets with PlayStation 3 sceners' hard-earned cash once again... as always, time will tell for sure.


Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

Video: OpenCobra Cobra USB Dongle PS3 Payload by Oct0xor Demo

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#187 - PS4 News - March 13, 2012 // 6:39 am
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Here is mmCM v04.02.02 (20120313) Update for those with the Cobra dongle and the changes outlined below, as follows:

Download: mmCM v04.02.02 Update (20120313) (7.50MB)

mmCM v04.02.02 Update (20120313) Changelog:

  • Added sort options in File Manager:
    -> SELECT+R2 changes sort order: name / date
    -> SELECT+L2 changes sort order: ascending / descending
  • Fixed overlapping of text entries in context menu in File Manager mode
  • Added function to change the font in File Manager mode by pressing [R3]
  • Exiting with {PS} button will save last state and options
  • Added custom commands to FTP (quit/restart the application and shutdown/restart the PS3)
  • Improved font rendering (faster and no more blue-tint artifacts)
  • Improved graphics rendering (no more GUI glitches

#186 - PS4 News - March 7, 2012 // 6:06 am
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Here is mmCM v04.02.01 (20120307) Update for those with the Cobra dongle and the changes outlined below, as follows:

Download: mmCM v04.02.01 Update (20120307) (6.56MB)

mmCM v04.02.01 Update (20120307) Changelog:

  • Improved FTP performance:
    -> 95% of theoretical speed over 100Mbit connection (send/receive)
    -> 90% of theoretical speed over 1Gbit connection (receive) (or 50% of max when sending to PS3)
  • Improved /net_host performance
  • Improved performance when copying files in File Manager mode
  • FTP test results: http://pastie.org/3542821

When viewing the test results above you will see that this 'Minor Update for those who seek the fastest FTP performance on the PS3' infact will get it, as it beats all other 'homebrew' FTP apps like Blackbox, etc. hands down, no contest here.

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#185 - kombat75 - March 1, 2012 // 5:22 am
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Anyone know can i use the deank MM the latest version 04.02.00 ?? because previous MM i having now is the Team Cobra Releases mmCM v04.01.00 ...

Worry it will crash the MM or worst cannot even start the MM Later on after I install the deank MM ..

#184 - mdr3939 - February 29, 2012 // 8:24 am
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Please help !! I installed the latest version (full) of multiman, this went well but when loading the system freezes and shows a screen with a laughing face. When trying to remove this version aI end up with a corrupted icon in the list. I can't install an earlier version because system says that there is already the latest version installed.

How do I completely remove multiman and what can i do to get it working again. I'm on CFW 3.55.

Thnx

#183 - PS4 News - February 29, 2012 // 7:44 am
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Today condorstrike has made available a Metro mmCM PS3 Theme for those interested with details below, as follows:

Download: Metro mmCM PS3 Theme

To quote via tortuga-cove.com/hacking/31-ps3/6572-solar-v41-and-metro-mmcm-theme-released: I took a couple of days off from working on Solar and got bored quickly, so I made an mmCM theme called METRO, 100% compatible with the latest version 04.02.00, but I really don't have time to make themes, so I won't be making any more...

#182 - PS4 News - February 28, 2012 // 5:55 am
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Below is another mmCM v04.02.00 (20120228) Full Update for those with the Cobra dongle and the changes, as follows:

Download: mmCM v04.02.00 Base (20120228) Update / mmCM v04.02.00 Base (20120228) Update (Mirror) / mmCM v04.02.00 Base (20120228) Update (Mirror #2) / mmCM v04.02.00 Full (20120228) Update / mmCM v04.02.00 Full (20120228) Update (Mirror)

28 - 02 - 2012 Changelog:

  • Added new display mode ("TMB" - Top Media Bar) to replace "Box-art" mode
  • Added new option in Settings - "Top Media Bar Color" to set user-defined color for top and bottom stripes in TMB mode
  • Added new background image in the original theme (TMBBG.JPG) for TMB display mode
  • Improved speed when copying files
  • Optimized memory usage (another 10MB of RAM available for operations)
  • Added support for scanning /dev_usb010 to /dev_usb099 for PSX/PS2/PS3/PSP/BD/DVD ISO files
  • Added four (4) new colors to SIDE/TMB color setting options and two options in COLOR.INI to set side/tmb colors from themes
  • Added function to "Quit to XMB" if [CIRCLE] (or [CROSS] if X/O swap is set in options) button is held pressed
  • Added visual slider indication when scrolling trough a lot of entries (XMMB, TMB and XBDM modes + when browsing devices)
  • Reminder for BD-Remote colored keys: RED - Quit, GREEN - Screen Saver, YELLOW - Restart, BLUE - To File Manager and back

#181 - PS4 News - February 23, 2012 // 8:43 am
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Below is mmCM v04.01.04 Full (20120223) for those with the Cobra dongle and the changelog, as follows:

Download: mmCM v04.01.04 Base (20120223) (21 MB - showTIME, ps3NETSRV, lastGAME, bdRESET) / mmCM v04.01.04 Full (20120223) (296 MB - showTIME, ps3NETSRV, lastGAME, bdRESET, 1 motion background, 10 themes, 7020 game covers)

23 - 02 - 2012 - mmCM ver 04.01.04 Full Changelog:

  • Improved FTP transfer speed even more
  • Improved FTP compatibility with certain clients (wininet)
  • Improved "Game list (4x2)" display mode
  • Improved "Game list (poster)" display mode
  • Improved overall speed and stability and fixed some GUI glitches
  • Optimized memory usage (10MB more RAM available for operations)
  • Optimized caching procedure for game icons and backgrounds (ICON0/PIC1.PNG) - faster and less HDD space used
  • Added "Group Titles by Genre" option in the SIDE menu and changed the function of [SQUARE] button: now opens "Game Settings" menu.

#180 - Tidusnake666 - February 22, 2012 // 7:22 am
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Hello,

Anyone kind enough to link me to new LAST GAME app for mmCM v4?

I had mine from v2, and now when updater to v4, last game app just refuses to work

UPD: Okay, found it. It's LASTGAMEv2.pkg inside "Base" 4.01.00 distro

#179 - PS4 News - February 17, 2012 // 1:00 am
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Another multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.01.03 update for those with the dongle and the changes, as follows:

Download: multiMAN v04.01.03 Update (20120217) (4.88 MB)

17 - 02 - 2012 Changelog:

  • Changed: 4x2 display mode is rewritten to use XMMB engine which makes it 5x faster and allows access to all content (Games/Music/Video/Photo/Retro/ISO)

  • Added "4.11" option in "System Firmware Version" to spoof reported version to the latest OFW 4.11

  • Added support for loading network PSX/PS3/BD/DVD ISO/BIN+CUE images to lastGAME2 application

  • Added proper support for covers in "Coverflow" mode, without affecting XMMB and other display modes (covers in Coverflow/4x2 modes and icons in BOARD mode)

  • Added PIN-protected option "Reset Options to Default" in SETTINGS (press [TRIANGLE] to access it in the SIDE menu). Default PIN is "0000".

  • Added support for forcefully resetting mM to default during boot if L2+R2+L3+R3 buttons are pressed

  • Changed: PIN-protected options will not prompt for PIN code if using the default PIN "0000". If "Parental Level" is set, games which require higher level will still require PIN.

#178 - PS4 News - February 13, 2012 // 12:27 pm
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Below is another multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.01.02 update for those with the dongle and the changes, as follows:

Download: multiMAN v04.01.02 Update (20120213) (4.52 MB - Can be used to update 04.xx.xx to 04.01.02) / multiMAN v02.09.02 Full (20111011) (106.18 MB - 3090 covers - showTIME lastGAME bdRESET ebootFIX ebootMOD ps3SERV)

13 - 02 - 2012 - Changelog:

  • Added support for creating ISO/BIN+CUE images from PS2 CD and PS1/PSX CD *directly* to remote host

  • Added automatic extraction of thumbnails after ISO/BIN+CUE is created (PS3/PS2/PSX/BD/DVD)

  • Added support for displaying coverart/jacket for Blu-ray and AVCHD discs (if /HDAVCTN or /BDMV/META/DL folders contain jpg jacket-image)

  • Added support for creating ISO files from folders to remote host (ISO is cached to internal HDD and then moved to remote host)

  • Improved FTP transfer speed (up to 10MB/s over 100Mbit connection)

  • Improved transfer speed from and to remote hosts (/net_host) (up to 10MB/s over 100Mbit connection)

  • Improved scanning of remote host content folders

  • Added support to set "External Game Data" for games/applications installed under /dev_hdd0/game or /dev_usbxxx/GAMEI (RELOAD.SELF required)

  • Fixed few issues introduced in 04.01.01, related to displaying/refreshing Retro/Music/Photo columns