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123w ago - 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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#73 - PS4 News - 178w ago
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Today Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2 is released for those who own the USB dongle alongside MultiMAN PlayStation 3 Backup Cobra USB Manager v03.00.00 below.

Download: Cobra PS3 Firmware v4.2 Update / multiMAN Cobra Manager v03.00.00 (dongle required) / multiMAN Emulator Pack (SNES GENP FCEU FBAN VBAN - 49.96 MB)

Package contains:

  • mmCM 03.00.00 (3108 PS3 Covers, 2020 PS2 Covers) (showTIME, ps3SERV)
  • PS3SERV PC app: To be used with mmCM file manager /net_host# network folders.
  • SHOWTIME PLAYER: Included as SHOWTIME.SELF in mmCM USRDIR/sys folder to enable playback of video files
  • BROWSER.SELF: Standalone WWW/FTP application

Condorstrike from Tortuga-Cove.com believes deank is not working for the Cobra USB Team and has stated the following on the IRC logs below discussing it:

"We don't have confirmation on that, truth be told... we haven't spoken to Dean in a while, he did tell me a while back that he was going away for a while.

So from my understanding as far as I know, this is Team Cobra's app using Multiman's open source project... so for now, I'd say it's not Dean."

Update: The man himself deank has now made an official statement on the merging of multiMAN and Cobra.

Also, Team Cobra have released a quick update to mmCM to fix a minor bug that was present in mounting PSP ISOs without a disc in the drive. mmCM v03.00.01 update is available now ONLINE ONLY to Cobra USB users via the intergrated update system.

From IRC:

[Abkarino] deank had joind cobra team?
[flash67] LOL
[TehRuler] YEP
[TehRuler] LOL
[eussNL] Cobra ~=~ TrueBlue
[eussNL] so if it supports the replaced sub_28fe30 and new section 0x80000000007f0000 that Cobra uses, it means Trueblue support is around the corner...
[flash67] exactly
[middleman] i see deank sold out eh, that mustve been the big news tortuga was talking about
[TehRuler] no wonder he's been hiding
[middleman] yeah, went in hiding to make multiman for cobra, blah

Finally, below are the changes, as follows:

  • Added MultiMan for Cobra in the download section.
  • Support for games with split files.
  • Bugfix: special keys of bdremote weren't working in showtime.

Multiman for Cobra changelog:

  • Full ISO and CUE+BIN support (incl. create ISO from folder)
  • Full Cobra support (PSX, PS2, PSP, PS3, ISO, BIN, CUE, BDM, DVD)
  • PSP UMD game support when PSP connected in USB+UMD mode
  • Support for *.0/.31, *.001/.032, *.66600/.66631 split file formats
  • Join split files in file manager (select and copy the first file to get the rest joined)
  • Mount ISO files in File Manager (to browse/copy contents)
  • New display mode "XBDM" - XBOX Dash Clone
  • Support for games with split big files (from external hdd)
  • BD/DVD Region options in SETTINGS column
  • Support for PS2 game covers (OPL format, i.e. SLES_123.45_COV.JPG) in /covers_retro/psx (over 2000 covers included)
  • Integrated Dongle Updater (in mmCM XMMB column)
  • Option to turn on blue/green dongle leds or turn them off completely
  • Integrated PSX, PS2 and PSP database for names and IDs (over 13000 entries) (for PSX/PS2 discs and PSP ISO/UMD files)






Finally, puchin has made available a VSH.Self Patched for Cobra 3.55 based on the Cobra 3.55 original and details on how it was done below, as follows:

Unself the vsh.self (try using MAGIC PKG 1.0), then HexEdit the vsh.ELF and replace the 8 bytes at the following addresses:

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Then use self_rebuilder (also available in Make PKG 1.0), to rebuild the vsh.self
Drag and drop the original vsh.self and the edited vsh.elf

I take no responsibility for any damage or brick of your console... I'm just passing the info.

More PlayStation 3 News...

#72 - PS4 News - 183w ago
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More updates below, with the changes as follows:

  • New firmware update, mainly focused on improving PSP support.
  • Improved compatibility with psp games. Some of the games that crashed early now run.
  • Added support for PSP savedata. Please note that in the previous release, savedata worked for isos that were generated from psp minis games. However, those savedata are incompatible with this new firmware. You can see psp savedatas under the ps3 savedata section in the XMB, not under the minis one. If savedata still doesn't work in some game, please send us a message to our support email address.
  • Cobra USB Manager will now give an error when trying to load a prometheus patched PSP iso, as those aren't compatible with the PSP emulator.
  • Added Cobra USB PS3 Updater to the download section. With this tool you can update the dongle using the PS3, require Cobra Firmware 4.0+ to work. Refer to the manual for instructions.

#71 - PS4 News - 185w ago
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Below are Cobra Manager v4.0.1 and GenPS3iSO v2.0 updates, with the changes as follows:

Changelog:

  • Small update to Cobra USB Manager and genps3iso to fix an important bug. No firmware update.
  • Under certain circumnstances, Cobra USB manager and genps3iso would output an incorrect PS3 iso. This bug only affected a few games. In Cobra USB Manager, this bug only happened when creating an ISO from a PS3 game in jailbreak directory format, it didn't happen when dumping an ISO from an optical disc.

Note: If you get a corrupt data icon when installing Cobra USB Manager v4.0.1 revert back to version 4.0 for the time being.

Cobra Manager v4.0.1 (fixed) 13-10-2011

  • Cobra USB Manager 4.0.1 download was corrupted, and it has now been fixed.

#70 - PS4 News - 186w ago
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Today Cobra USB Firmware 4.0 for PS3 is released for those who own the device... with the changes detailed below as follows: 04-10-2011 - Cobra Firmware v4.0

  • Added initial support to play PSP games in iso format. Please read the user manual for instructions. The emulator is not perfect and it currently fails in saving/loading data, but there are several games playable at full speed. We've fixed some bugs in the emulator, and it loads now more games that it originally did. In the future, we will continue to improve the compatibility of the emulator and fix the savedata issue.

  • A new version of cobraflash has been released, and is required to install firmware 4.0, that uses a new format. You can find it in the download section. Drivers remain the same, there is no need to update them.

  • New update format is more secure against bad writes, and it will be compatible with cobra updater for PS3 which will be released along with firmware 4.1.







#69 - PS4 News - 189w ago
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Today several users have confirmed that Netflix is working again on JailBroken (Backwards Compatible) PS3 consoles with a PS2 Netflix Disk (SLUS21949) via Cobra USB for those who own the device.

Download: PS2 Netflix Disk (SLUS21949) for PS3

To quote from: ps3crunch.net/forum/threads/884-Netflix?p=8148#post8148:

Nodieza: So I was on Blackcats checking out the new releases and I came across a "PS2 netflix disk" uploaded by a fellow Blackcats member named mredfield.

So I gave it a shot on my Cobra USB enabled PS3 and sure enough.... it works! Yes it's lacking all the HD glory of the PS3 version but it works!

Apparently this is a very rare disk so I shall upload it for all to enjoy.

"This is verified a legit release from Brazil. I called netflix today and talked on the phone. They said netflix for ps2 is available only in Brazil which is why no info is available, this means it isnt a hack, it wont steal info, ect."

It's also a padded ISO so don't be surprised by the extraction size. Also I am assuming this will only work on PS3's with native PS2 support.

It's hard for me to tell because I have my NTSC PS3 hooked up to a computer monitor (as far as I can tell it's staying at 60hz). I didn't have to do a Y Fix pal conversion on the iso or anything like I've had to do on some PAL games... so I assume it should work on any NTSC tv.

Also for those wondering I live in North America and my Netflix account works fine despite it being a Brazilian based Netflix disk. And everything is in English.

lukethomasx: I can also confirm this working on my fat NTSC ceche PlayStation 3 with my American netflix account. Thank you very much for the heads up +1

#68 - PS4 News - 190w ago
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For those who own one, Cobra USB Firmware 3.2 and 3.3 are now released with the following changes: 05 - 09 - 2011

Cobra Firmware v3.2 More Features and bugs fixed:

  • Added support for PS2 backups in optical discs (CD-R/DVD+-R)
  • PS2 original games are now region free too.
  • Fixed a bug that caused incompatibility with several PS2 backups in iso format.
  • Fixed some remaining PAL/NTSC problems in PSX games.
  • Cobra USB Manager will output now a mds file too when dumping a dual layer DVD or PS2-DVD. This file is not used by Cobra at all, but it can be used for burning to a dual layer DVD+-R while keeping original layer structure. This is mandatory when burning dual layer PS2 dvd's.

Cobra Firmware v3.3

  • Fixed a bug introduced in 3.2 that made some systems unstable when starting a PSX game.

Easy Cobra USB v3.3 Installer

Easy Cobra USB Updater v3.3 Installer (MOD) for Noobs. Cobra USB is for PS3 Jailbreak OFW3.41 or MFW COBRA 3.55 PUP.

#67 - HeyManHRU - 190w ago
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I would buy this if JFW wasn't being made.

#66 - Natepig - 190w ago
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They must have some real talent onboard their team, considering the features they have with it, and the water tight security (so far) on the device. I'm also very surprised that it hasn't been cloned yet as its been ages.

#65 - Ezio - 190w ago
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Maybe everybody waiting for the jailcrab-dh firmware and maybe no one moved to clone it.

#64 - saviour07 - 190w ago
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I'm very surprised this hasn't been cloned yet!

I understand it's supposed to have some sort of on-board security, but since when has that stopped anyone